Former Employee Of Google, Apple, And Microsoft On How To Master The Tech Interview

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.