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Miguel Rodriguez

Hi, Ali, thanks for this thread, it can really be helpful for some of us.
Let me tell you a little about my experience in interviews, and then I'll ask for some advice.
Two months ago I had the chance to interview with one of "The Big Ones". I'm a self taught developer with roughly 2 years of experience, so I when I was told that I was getting a chance to interview I began studying like crazy some things that I was not very famliar with yet(Big(O), some common algorithms and data structures, etc.) I became able to solve a lot of easy and difficult problems (froms sites like Leetcode and HackerRank) and did some Mock Interviews with firends.

Made it to the final round, a series of 4 interviews of 45 minutes each in one day. I really felt good in the 4 of them, even though I couldn't finish two of the problems (which might've affected me, even though the inteviewer told me at some point that it didn't matter, that comming up with several posible solutions and picking the best one would do). I got a no-hire at the end, however I didn't felt as discouraged as I thought I would, it was a pretty good experience and I got to learn a lot in the preparation process.

Now I got another chance at other of the big ones in one month, and I'll keep reviewing, practicing and trying to cover more content. However, something that I didn't had in my previous experience was a phone technical interview, and I'm kind of nervous about it, because being in the same room as your interviewer helps a lot, talking directly, expresing yourself and watching his expressions to what you're saying(thinking out loud), etc.

Is there any special comments or recommendations you (or anyone reading) could give me regarding phone technical interviews? How has your experience been in an interview like this?

And is there any preparation method or resources you can recommend for a better preparation? (aside from Cracking the coding interview and Programming Interviews exposed)

Again thanks, cool post :)

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Ali Spittel Author

Hey! They had me writing code via Google Doc in my phone interview, so I haven't done one without any writing of code, not sure how that ends up looking!

I also used CTCI and this Udemy course. In addition, they gave me an outline of what to study, and I wikipedia'd the ones that weren't in either resource!

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Miguel Rodriguez

Thanks for your response! I will be writing code, I just wanted to know if a special code editor was used, but apparently I'll be using a Google Doc as well...

Thank's for the resources. :)