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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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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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