So that whole coding bootcamp thing is a scam, right?

So that whole coding bootcamp thing is a scam, right?

When I first heard about programming bootcamps, my assumption is that they were scams—the slightly more modern version of ITT Tech (which has now been shut down). They had the same characteristics: for-profit, not well-regulated, targeting people who are eager to turn their career around, etc. I figured it had all the same pitfalls. Even if the founders had good intentions and weren’t trying to take advantage of people, that didn’t mean the results were any good. Plus, they were only three months long; how could the education even come close to a four-year program? But then...

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If you want an A+ career in technology, move to the Bay Area.

If you want an A+ career in technology, move to the Bay Area.

If you want an A+ career in technology, you should move to the San Francisco Bay Area. The same argument can probably be made of finance and New York. It’s not that you can’t do it in another city, but your odds are just much better in your industry’s hub. So if you want an A+ career and your industry has a clear hub, go there.

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It's coming, at last: Cracking the Coding Interview, 6th Edition

It's coming, at last: Cracking the Coding Interview, 6th Edition

The best programming interview book just got better.

Cracking the Coding Interview: The Sixth Edition -- now with 70% more content.

This is a huge expansion. You know that thing that many professors do, where they create a new "edition" that's not substantially different but forces you to buy a new version? I don't believe in doing that. This is actually a huge change (as was the 4th->5th edition).

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Now shipping - Cracking the Tech Career

Now shipping - Cracking the Tech Career

Cracking the Tech Career is the job seeker's guide to landing a coveted position at one of the top tech firms. A follow-up to The Google Resume, this book provides new information on what these companies want, and how to show them you have what it takes to succeed in the role. Early planners will learn what to study, and established professionals will discover how to make their skillset and experience set them apart from the crowd. Author Gayle Laakmann McDowell worked in engineering at Google, and interviewed over 120 candidates as a member of the hiring committee – in this book, she shares her perspectives on what works and what doesn't, what makes you desirable, and what gets your resume round-filed.

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A Handout for Prepping for Coding, Product Management, and Behavioral Interviews

A Handout for Prepping for Coding, Product Management, and Behavioral Interviews

After coaching hundreds of people through coding, behavioral, and product manager interviews, I’ve distilled some of my core advice into some handy prep sheets.

Study these sheets before your interview. Really understand them. Email me questions if you have any.

As you prepare for interviews, use these sheets. Walk through your next coding problem closely following the procedure below. It’ll help you — I promise.

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Is "culture fit" discriminatory?

Is "culture fit" discriminatory?

In theory, culture fit is a great thing to look for. Teamwork is vital, and high functioning teams produce better products. Culture fit is also more than just the do-you-get-along-well with the team. Culture fit can also be about moving rapidly, taking risks, speaking up, being creative, or not micromanaging.

You do want people who fit in well with your culture.

However, in practice, "culture fit" is often discriminatory, especially against asians, women, and older people.

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Now offering Acquisition Consulting/Coaching (Say what??)

Now offering Acquisition Consulting/Coaching (Say what??)

Getting acquired by a big tech company is a dream for many start-ups. That dream comes with caveats. The acquiring firm may love your product but they still want to assess the skill of your technical team. As a result, they will often interview them just as they would “normal” candidates applying to software engineering and PM roles. For the last year, I've been semi-secretly offering a new service -- what I call "acquisition consulting". People found out about me from word of mouth mostly, and word spread. Now that I've got quite a few successes behind me, it's time to announce publicly what I've been doing.

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Companies who give candidates homework assignments: knock it off!

Companies who give candidates homework assignments: knock it off!

There’s a trend among start-ups (and some larger companies) that worries me: giving candidates “homework” assignments. Homework assignments lead to candidate abuse. Knock it off (or at least be reasonable). I’ve seen many friends and clients go through this. As a pre-screening round before an onsite interview, a company gives them a “homework” assignment.

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