Tips to prepare for Uber on-site in a month?

CBS Interactive t1c
Jun 27, 2018 17 Comments

What are some of the best ways to prepare for Uber on-site interview given a month's time (total study about 60-80 hours)?

I haven't actively interviewed in the past 2 years, so my skills have gotten rusty. I was lucky to clear phone screen without any prep.

Role: Sr. SE L5 or above depending on interview performance
YOE: 5
Level of education: MS in CS
Current area of work: Backend server and application dev

Looking for suggestions and resources to best use my limited time.

Any suggestions/tips appreciated. Thanks in advance!

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  • Uber Giggity64
    For 5A or above, be prepared to drive the conversation in the architecture round. Distributed systems knowledge is going to be tested and trade offs of using particular databases.
    Coding is key for eng at Uber, so practice Leetcode inside and out.
    Algos/problem solving is a lot of cs fundamentals. Be prepared to optimize your solution throughout the interview.
    HM round is more work-based situational questions
    Jun 27, 2018 10
    • CBS Interactive t1c
      OP
      Are you talking about this?
      https://eng.uber.com/reliable-reprocessing/

      I do have experience working on microservices arch, SOAs and batch processing. What I meant was, what we do in real work can be a lot different from what is expected in an interview, there is not a lot of room/time for trial & error and you don't have Google to fact check. Any good online resource like blogs/videos to run through the concepts would be helpful. A good book also works, but I don't know if I have enough time
      Jun 27, 2018
    • Yahoo 7331er
      u use google and stackoverflow at work ? terrible !
      Jun 27, 2018
    • CBS Interactive t1c
      OP
      Yet to meet that developer who doesn't!
      Jun 27, 2018
    • Yahoo 7331er
      that was sarcasm lol. on how we have are expected to remember everything in interviews but no one does it on work
      Jun 27, 2018
    • CBS Interactive t1c
      OP
      Tech interviews are lame and has little significance to real world work IMHO. But the industry doesn't have a better method to select candidates unfortunately. Could argue for a real life scenario of solving a problem in a team but assessing that empherically would be chaotic
      Jun 27, 2018
  • Uber lLjv00
    Know how to design high throughout systems of large scale and deliver low latency responses under huge traffic spikes
    Jun 27, 2018 2
    • CBS Interactive t1c
      OP
      Thanks for the insight. Could you please throw an example?
      Jun 27, 2018
    • Uber lLjv00
      For example design uber pool I’ve seen that asked a bunch of times
      Jun 27, 2018
  • Accenture / Eng RimRax
    Leetcode.
    Jun 27, 2018 0
  • CBS Interactive t1c
    OP
    Anymore suggestions from Uber'ites here? How to handle culture questions? What type of culture fit is Uber looking for? Giving the thread a gentle bounce
    Jul 19, 2018 1
    • Qualcomm / Eng dynasty001
      How was your interview ?
      Jul 1

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