/Interview Advice

The Really Important Job Interview Questions Engineers Should Ask (But Don't)

- James Hawkins tl;dr: "It's normal for candidates not to ask harder questions about our company, so they usually miss out on a chance to (1) de-risk our company's performance and (2) increase the chances they'll like working here." James gives several examples of interview questions candidates can ask about product-market fit, financial runway and more.

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How To Estimate Disk Space

- Will Larson tl;dr: Will recalls one the best architecture interviews he's been in, "where the candidate was able to significantly narrow down the possible solutions by asking for a few details: queries per second, expected number of rows, and necessary columns." Will demonstrates how he would approach this question. 

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STAR Method For Interview Questions

- Will Larson tl;dr: Will offers the STAR template as a framework to respond to interview questions e.g. "Tell me about a time when you had to change your organizational structure to solve an important problem?” STAR: (1) Situation surrounding your task. (2) Task you undertook, or were assigned, to address the situation. (3) Actions to accomplish the task. (4) Results of your actions.

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Ten Rules For Negotiating A Job Offer

- Haseeb Qureshi tl;dr: Haseeb explains each of the following in detail: (1) Get everything in writing. (2) Always keep the door open. (3) Information is power. (4) Always be positive. (5) Don’t be the decision maker. (6) Have alternatives. (7) Proclaim reasons for everything. (8) Be motivated by more than just money. (9) Understand what they value. (10) Be winnable.

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How You Can Tell If The Company You're Interviewing With Is Rotten On The Inside?

- Charity Majors tl;dr: Charity presents strategies, such as backchanneling with contacts, effective D&I practices, and also maintains that how the interview is organized is telling: (1) Was the interview conducted in a timely fashion? Were you given detailed information about what to expect? (2) Were you compensated for your any take-home projects. (3) Did they get back to you swiftly at each step of the way to let you know where you stand and what comes next?

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The Big Tech Coding Interview Framework - Pt 1. Inspect

- Daniel Habib tl;dr: 1st in a 4 part series on how to approach every programming interview, regardless of topic, starting with a framework for how to inspect the problem at hand: "Did I explicitly state what the input was? Did I clarify what the desired output was? Did I construct a simple example that could be solved by hand?"

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Advice For Tech Workers To Navigate The Most Heated Job Market Of All Time

- Gergely Orosz tl;dr: More emphasis on total comp packages, seeing some companies move to one-year stock grants. Job seekers should optimize for happiness, identifying their "must-haves," and also have the opportunity to negotiate v hard. Employees can negotiate with current employers to improve their situation. Gergely also outlines how this is impacting more junior tech workers too. 

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Reddit Interview Problems: The Game Of Life

- Alex Golec tl;dr: Alex runs through an interview question at Reddit: "Suppose you have an M by N board of cells, where each cell is marked as "alive" or "dead." This arrangement of the board is called the "state," and our task is to compute the cells in the next board state according to a set of rules:" He runs through the solutions in this post.

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20 Questions A Software Engineer Should Ask When Joining A New Team

- Thomas Stringer tl;dr: Broken into 3 categories - Technical, Collaboration & External. Technical questions begin with: (1) How do I locally build the software? (2) How do I locally test the software? (3) How do I setup my development environment? (4) Where does the source code live? (5) Where is the CI/CD pipeline and how does it work?

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Interview Advice That Got Me Offers From Google, Microsoft, And Stripe

- Zain Rizvi tl;dr: Zain covers: (1) How to use recruiters to your advantage. (2) Going to real interviews for practice (3) Being open to learning during interviews (4) Keeping those skills sharp even when you’re not job hunting.

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