I've done lots of interviews, lots of interview coaching, and lots of interviewer training. People on all sides want to do a good job, but they often have a very silly idea of how to get there. They might also have silly ideas as to what actually constitutes a good job.Read More
There are many great companies. You might be really happy at Google. Or maybe there's a better company for you. Google is not the be-all-and-end-all of companies. It is not the pinnacle of success.Read More
If you spend all your free time coding, you’re going to probably be miserable and burn out. Chasing this dream of yours by getting narrowly focused on one company and spending all your time on it will probably not lead to success there.Read More
Of course Wharton manipulated factors to affect their rankings. All schools do.
Rankings are based off an equation that is more or less predictive of what we expect to see. Then, each school looks at these factors and tries to tweak the numbers as much as it can—offering some smaller classes to tweak the student/faculty ratio, etc.Read More
You should be more focused on making sure the job you get is one you actually want.Read More
The expectations and norms are generally to use a whiteboard for a technical interview. If you ask, some interviewers might happily let you use a paper and pen. Some will say okay, but not be happy about it. And some will flat out say no.Read More
Your standard physical discomfort does not overcome our difficulty in collaborating with each other.Read More
Six weeks into my Microsoft internship, I sat down for my checkpoint review discussion with my “mentor” and my “manager.”Read More
McDowell recently chatted with Glassdoor’s Emily Moore to share some of her top tips. Whether you’re just starting out in the field or are already a seasoned pro, McDowell offers invaluable information — read on to learn how to secure and then ace a technical interview at the company of your dreams.Read More
They may not be perfect, but they do work.Read More
Well, what's stopping you? Go program. Stop waiting for someone else to hold your hand and physically press your fingers to the keys.Read More
You don’t put your whole career on one page. You put just the top one-page’s worth on one page.Read More
I believe so, but it’s a very hard thing to study.
The Silly Google Study
Google tried to study this, but the study was fundamentally flawed. What Google did was attempt to correlate interview scores with performance review score. Sounds fair, right?
Not at all. There were more than a few flaws with this.
In some fields, it's not looked at that negatively. For example, gaps aren't a big deal for software engineers, or across tech in general. That's because there is a shortage of good software engineers, so companies are more willing to look the other way on a little thing like this. They're also less rigid corporate environments, so they're more accepting of little quirks like this.Read More
Your calling yourself “average” doesn’t necessarily mean that you are. One’s impression tends to be a reflection of self-confidence as well their peer group’s skills. Those who think that they’re average are sometimes great, and vice versa.Read More
If you're truly average -- average intelligence, average coding skills, etc -- then your odds of passing Google's hiring process are pretty slim. Google's hiring process is designed to hire the very good programmers, not the average ones (and I believe it does so reasonably effectively).Read More
You don’t put your whole career on one page. You put just the top one page’s worth on one page.
Reducing a resume to one page helps many candidates look stronger, not weaker. Recruiters are not impressed that you had enough content to make a three page resume (anyone can do that). Focusing on the best stuff gives a better impression, since recruiters can’t read everything.Read More
Suppose Bob picks up your three-page resume and Mary gets your one-page resume. Both spend about twenty seconds skimming your resume, which is about how long it takes to skim one page’s worth. Who is left with a better impression of you? Mary. The average content that Mary read was better than the average content that Bob read. About two thirds of the stuff that Bob read wasn’t even good enough to fit on the one pager.Read More
How much do interns contribute to the growth of a tech company? Negatively. It’s pretty well understood at tech companies that interns are a net negative (in the short term) for a company.Read More
This interviewing expert urges software engineers to ditch perfectionism, avoid these common mistakes, and try these tactics.
When Gayle Laakmann McDowell had her first interview for a software engineering position at Microsoft 11 years ago, she didn't know quite what she was getting herself into. "I was mostly naive about the interview process," she says. McDowell had just finished her freshman year at University of Pennsylvania and was applying for an internship. "Now, I would think: 'I should be studying for this like I would for a test,'" she says.Read More