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How to prepare for coding interviews

ft. Parker Phinney from InterviewCake

Parker Phinney, founder of InterviewCake, stops by to tell us about coding tests, what to look out for, what to prepare, and how to deal with tough questions.

Coding interviews are different than behavioral interviews, you'll be doing case studies and solving problems with your interviewer. This is where you'll apply your knowledge of data structures and algorithms.

This isn't about being creative or clever, it's a little more about book smarts, so you'll want to review definitions and common concepts. Dig up your old algo book or do some research online.

In general, smaller companies will favor questions about language specific trivia. Likely because they've got limited resources and need you to hit the ground running. A larger company will probably ask more general questions about data structures & algorithms.

Questions about string manipulation and arrays are also quite popular, so spend some time reviewing these concepts. It won't take long and you'll have a solid foundation for common questions.

And if you find yourself in a situation where you don't know the answer, be honest.

The bottom line is: you can LEARN how to ace coding tests - it's not really testing how well you can program.

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