Interview refresher for software engineering

Are you looking for a new job? And do you think that your day-to-day “in the trenches” experience as a software engineer will be enough to get you through the interview process? I thought so too, but I was proven wrong.

In my interviewing experience, technical interviews are more about algorithms and data structures than the typical daily activities of a software engineer. And depending on the domain, you might get asked about specific design/architecture patterns.

In this article, I’ve summarized the references that I used to prepare.

Decomposing the interview process

Even if this post focuses on the technical side of the interviewing process, don’t underestimate the “soft-skills” part of the interview. I’d say that being well prepared, concise, and friendly is at least 40% of passing the interview. Keep in mind that nervousness and shyness could be interpreted as unfriendly.

  • Tech interview handbook -> this was my bible while I was preparing for the interview.
  • A Life After Layoff -> this youtube channel is where a recruiter with 20y+ of experience is sharing views and tips on interviewing. It helped me understand the perspective of the person sitting across the table.
  • How to deal with “cold calls” -> I hate being ghosted and that’s why I hate ghosting people. This article suggests a much better approach.

Algorithm for algorithms

Architecture refresher

Case studies for System design

  • Grokking the system design interview -> a paid course on system design. Having went through it, I can say that you can just free youtube videos as they cover 80% of the course.
  • Gaurav Sen -> great quality youtube videos on system design
  • Code Karle -> more great quality youtube videos on system design

SQL and ORM refresher

  • Eager vs. lazy initialization
  • Concurrency control:

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