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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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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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Mastering the Behavioral Interview Question

Mastering the Behavioral Interview Question

Not everything about the interview process is predictable, but you can bet that you’ll be asked a few behavioral questions – and probably a few behavioral questions per interview. Behavioral questions can be questions like, “what would you do if _______?”, but more likely they’re of the form, “Tell me about a challenging interaction with a coworker on _____ project.” Contrary to popular belief, you can and should prepare for behavioral questions. Yes, I know it’s “just talking about yourself,” but that doesn’t mean that you can’t use a few tricks to nail down your answers.

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