Preparing For a Job Interview

This course covers some of the most important things you need to know to help you succeed in a developer job interview.
Course info
Rating
(931)
Level
Beginner
Updated
Mar 11, 2013
Duration
2h 27m
Table of contents
Job Interview Basics
Algorithm Based Questions
Typical Questions
Computer Science Questions
Getting Experience
Description
Course info
Rating
(931)
Level
Beginner
Updated
Mar 11, 2013
Duration
2h 27m
Description

Job interviews can be very difficult and intimidating. When you need a job, it is important to have good job interviewing skills and know what to expect. The only problem is, it is very difficult to get experience with job interviews, because we don't do them that often. This course is designed to make you feel much more prepared for a developer job interview by going over the process and talking about many of the types of questions you are likely to encounter. In this course we'll go over the basics of a job interview and talk about specifically what employers are looking for and how you can improve your resume. I'll teach you some tricks that increase the chances of you getting an interview greatly. We'll also go over one of the most difficult and scary parts of a developer job interview, solving a coding question on the spot. I'll walk you through my own personal technique for solving these types of problem and take you step by step through an example, so that you can gain the skills and experience that will help you feel comfortable to tackle these kinds of problems on your own. Our journey will then takes us through some typical interview questions to help you understand what types of thing you should know and prepare for and the best way to answer these types of questions. Then we'll go through a blazing fast boot camp for computer science questions about data structures, algorithms, bit manipulation, and concurrency... All the fun stuff you forgot about from college. And finally we'll wrap up by talking about how you can get experience if you don't have any, and what kind of experience is valuable. If you are looking for a job currently or just want to brush up on your skills to be prepared, this course might be just for you.

About the author
About the author

John Sonmez is the founder of Simple Programmer (http://simpleprogrammer.com), where he tirelessly pursues his vision of transforming complex issues into simple solutions

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Job Interview Basics
Hi, this is John Sonmez from Pluralsight and welcome to this course on preparing for a job interview. This course is going to be a little bit different than many of the other Pluralsight courses that I have done in the past, but I was very excited to get the opportunity to present this material because I found that there's just not a lot of information out there for developers about preparing for developer job interviews and developer job interviews are different than interviews for many other types of jobs and industries and there's a unique set of skills that you need to have in order to be successful. This course is designed to help you to understand what those skills are and gain those skills so that you can be successful in preparing for your next job interview.

Algorithm Based Questions
Hi, this is John Sonmez from Pluralsight. In this module, we'll be developing a skill unique to developer interviews, that is, for many developers, the scariest part of the interview process. We'll be tackling how to solve algorithm based problems. Whether you've been intimidated by these kinds of problems in the past, or you already are pretty good at solving them, but you'd like to improve your skills, this module will have something for you. I'll be taking you step by step through solving an algorithm problem and show you how can do it yourself by breaking the problem down.

Typical Questions
Hi, this is John Sonmez from Pluralsight. And in this module we'll be going over some of the typical questions, you'll be asked in the developer interview. The questions we'll be covering in this module are different from algorithm problems we just learned how to solve. The types of the questions we'll be discussing here will be more of the technical questions you might be asked about a particular technology or software development principle. We'll also be covering a few of those tricky personality questions as well. By the end of this module, you should have a good idea of the types of question you're likely to be asked on the developer interview, and how to best answer those questions.

Computer Science Questions
Hi, this is John Somnez from Pluralsight. And in this module we're going to be tackling some of those difficult Computer Science related questions that often come up in interviews. If you don't have a degree in computer science, and even if you do, these questions can be very difficult and unexpected. After this module, you should have a clear idea of what general types of computer science related questions you can expect in the developer job interview, and have at least a basic understanding of some of the most important concepts related to data structures and algorithms. We can't cover the whole of computer science or even data structures and algorithms in a single module. So this module will be designed to give you the biggest bang for your buck and help you understand what areas you may need to study on your own.

Getting Experience
Hi! This is John Sonmez from Pluralsight. And in this module, we'll be discussing how you can get something that is really important to a job interview. Experience. Even with great problem-solving abilities and technical knowledge, it can be difficult to even get an interview if you don't have some sort of experience to show that you can apply what you know. In this module, we'll discuss some practical ways you can gain experience and talk about what kinds of experience are important.