What to focus on for interviews for prep?

Capital One

Capital One

Hello, I like turtles.
Jun 26 8 Comments

Often for many jobs on the Bay Area at 3 YOE ask about x years of experience in Java or some tech stack and AWS experience. Is it better to focus on Leetcoding or upping knowledge on job requirement skills? FAANG is different in that they're more algo and leetcode heavy but most jobs aren't like Zendesk, Twilio etc.


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TOP 8 Comments
  • EMC / Eng opengate
    I have been prepping for FANG with leetcode for 3 months now and I still struggle solving questions
    Jun 26 1
    • New / Eng

      New Eng

      Maybe strengthen your fundamentals first then start again
      Jun 28
  • Yelp / Eng sJJv80
    System design and leetcode.
    Jun 26 0
  • Chase / Eng 8==D~
    I thought about this a lot myself. I even posted a poll asking something similar. Generally speaking, it depends on your goal:

    If you’re goal is FANG or top tier start up, leetcode hard.

    If you’re goal is just a job (a Fortune 500 corporation for example), it might not be a bad idea to spend free time learning the in demand skills. Those jobs value practical experience in specific domains over leetcode skills.

    Of course YMMV.
    Jun 26 2
    • Capital One

      Capital One

      Hello, I like turtles.
      It's such a dilemma for me and I have seen that you have to Leetcode to an extent no matter what but then the issue is you lose time on valuable knowledge as you may use those skills and be tested on them during the interview such as Mockito, AWS etc
      Jun 26
    • Visa / Eng Jdmfe
      Not true.. leetcode hard is not necessary for top tier startups like Stripe, Zendesk etc. Also Apple is heavily testing your domain knowledge rather than simply leetcode.
      Jul 29
  • DoorDash / Eng shzisbd
    1. Learn a language
    2. Solve lots of Leetcode
    3. Do system design mock interviews. Chesky.ai is a great resource
    Jul 5 0
  • Pinger / Eng create💻
    It's impractical to acquire X yoe in Java for company 1, Y yoe in Python for company 2, etc.
    You can find many companies that interview like FB/G and just study for that.
    Jul 5 0