blind afterhours, LEETCODE!!

Microsoft 🦍Ape
Aug 22 46 Comments

rate my leetcode strategy for google on a scale 1-5
1 is shit and guaranteed to fail
5 is amazing and will likely pass

here is my strategy:
- do 5-10 medium problems in each category until comfortable (about 100)
- do top liked questions (50)
- do top interview questions (100)
- do top google questions (50)
- do another 50-100 recent google questions (if time allows)
- go back through problems and memorize any tips and tricks for the last 4 groups
- i didnt touch on system design but hopefully i wont have it, i plan to decade a couple weeks to grokking system design and another crash course resource

i have 100 days to study atleast. been working 2 hours at least everyday.

please comment your succesful strategy below. thanks :)

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TOP 46 Comments
  • Facebook stopmiring
    You'll fail, guaranteed
    Aug 22 19
    • Facebook stopmiring
      Exactly offbyome
      Aug 22
    • Publicis Sapient / Eng LCdebugger
      Well instead of saying negative stuff give some suggestions to improve confidence. I have done about 100 LC questions (mix of med/easy) and I know their patterns but if I get a completely new pattern question (specially freaking arrays/matrix question) I struggle a lot. And those seem to have only one unique way of solving it. How to over come these ad-hoc pattern questions
      Aug 22
    • Microsoft 🦍Ape
      OP
      I honestly don’t like this guys advice and I think he’s being a dickhead. I was being nice to him up to this point. Obviously I failed google already but I’ve passed other good companies. It seems to be about being able to communicate well and about solving the problem. If you can’t do either you won’t get hired regardless of confidence or whatever this douche is trying to say. My issue isn’t communication or confidence it’s just that I didn’t solve the problems fast enough last time so that’s why I’m focusing on Leetcode. Why in the world this fuck face thinks it means I’m not confident because im asking for advice on TECHNICAL prep idk.
      Aug 22
    • Facebook stopmiring
      Psych
      Aug 22
    • Microsoft techladki
      Trying being very confident with zero prep.v let's see how that goes
      Aug 22
  • Amazon / Eng SmkWdEvyDy
    I don't know fuckall about leetcode, but that's a lot of steps and your clearly working hard. You got this.
    Aug 22 0
  • Facebook ⭕w⭕
    I bet $100 that, despite you spending all that time planning out your leetcode study strategy, you won't execute and in the end you'll do like 50 before burnout and push out your onsite date so many times we'll have another President by the time you finally go, only to crash and burn.
    Aug 22 5
    • Microsoft 🦍Ape
      OP
      But I’ve already done 50? I did 200 last time
      Aug 22
    • Microsoft 🦍Ape
      OP
      How did you crack fb if you didn’t do a lot of Leetcode?
      Aug 22
    • Facebook ⭕w⭕
      Solved about 50 - 75% of the problems in EPI (including variants). Did less than 50 problems on leetcode.
      Aug 22
    • Microsoft 🦍Ape
      OP
      So epi is better you think?
      Aug 22
    • Facebook ⭕w⭕
      ^ yes, epi is sufficient.
      Aug 22
  • Tesla lolElon
    Anyone should be able to get into FANG with only 100 leetcodes.
    Just take different topics, 20 easy, 20 hard and 60 medium.
    Your mistake is that you’re trying to solve a lot and memorize them.
    Good luck.
    System design and soft skills might be more important than coding part. Good luck.
    Aug 22 3
    • Microsoft 🦍Ape
      OP
      Hmm thanks for the advice maybe I’ll just skip the last part or focus on more mediums in each category.
      Aug 22
    • IBM / Eng namastayyy
      Ehh there's a lot of subtle strategies to problems. Not everything boils down to dfs and hash maps
      Aug 22
    • Microsoft 🦍Ape
      OP
      That’s what I thought too
      Aug 22
  • Rockford Corp. gPVz85
    Bro. You got into Microsoft, you're gonna be fine. The fact that you have a strategy is amazing. Keep it up.
    Aug 22 1
    • Microsoft 🦍Ape
      OP
      Thanks friend 🙂
      Aug 22
  • Booking.com / Admin
    Баба Яга

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    Google phone interview or on-site?
    Aug 22 5
    • Microsoft 🦍Ape
      OP
      I imagine I’ll skip to on site since last time I failed I did on site
      Aug 22
    • Tibco software / Eng !mlikoj!
      That's not how it works. You go back to the starting line.
      Aug 22
    • Microsoft 🦍Ape
      OP
      I skipped the phone interview last time and I know other people from ms that skipped the phone interview
      Aug 22
    • Booking.com / Admin
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      I guess that depends on how recent was the previous on-site. I first tried Google 4 years ago and failed at on-site. This year I had to do phone interview before my on-site.
      Aug 22
    • Microsoft 🦍Ape
      OP
      That sucks, but yeah it’s up to the recruiter to decide and isn’t guaranteed.
      Aug 22
  • Microsoft techladki
    Very helpful poll :- the top two choices are 1 and 5!
    Aug 22 2
    • Microsoft 🦍Ape
      OP
      I know right haha just gotta truck on
      Aug 22
    • Microsoft 🦍Ape
      OP
      Epi was good advice
      Aug 22
  • AT&T MsdR32
    Don't forget, the point isn't just to do a lot of problems, the point is to understand the patterns and be able to use them to solve whatever question the interviewer asks. It's unlikely to be exactly one you remember doing.
    Aug 22 1
    • Microsoft 🦍Ape
      OP
      Yup that is what I have been focusing on. Learn the patterns then practice applying them.
      Aug 22
  • Qualcomm / Eng qcomSam
    Yoe?
    Aug 22 1