Cracking the Coding Interview: Technical Interview Practice

Holy cr@p - you have a technical interview coming up. Where does one start to study & practice?!

Join Women Who Code and Gayle Laakmann McDowell, the author of Cracking the Coding Interview, to flesh out your technical interviewing skills, seek advice, and practice for coding on those big scary whiteboards.

Please note: This event is for women, and those who identify as being a woman. Emphatically trans- and queer-friendly.


Timeline:

6:00p arrival/mingle
6:30p Gayle Laakmann McDowell talks about technical interviewing, with a Q & A
7:30p Break into small groups for hands-on practice
9:00p Beauty rest!


About our guest
: Gayle Laakmann McDowell's interviewing expertise comes from vast experience on both sides of the desk. She has completed Software Engineering interviews with - and received offers from - Microsoft, Google, Amazon, Apple, IBM, Goldman Sachs, Capital IQ, and a number of other firms. Of these top companies, she has worked for Microsoft, Apple and Google, where she gained deep insight into each company's hiring practices.

Most recently, Gayle spent three years at Google as a Software Engineer and was one of the company's lead interviewers. She interviewed over 120 candidates in the U.S. and abroad, and led much of the recruiting for her alma mater, the University of Pennsylvania.

Signed copies of McDowell’s Cracking the Coding Interview and The Google Resume will be on sale after the talk!

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  • Anu

    Programming Interviews exposed http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/0...­ is a good resource for interview preparation

    August 24, 2012

    • Lynn R.

      yes this was the book I was trying to remember! Thank you, Anu!

      1 · August 24, 2012

  • Michele T.

    Great talk. If only we had time to practice!

    August 23, 2012

  • Melanie A.

    It's too bad we didn't get to the practice interviews. Would like some more discussion of how the process works at tiny startups (thanks, Chris, for offering your perspective).

    August 23, 2012

  • Lynn R.

    Gayle was awesome!

    August 23, 2012

  • Lynn R.

    A list of practice technical questions. Feel free to add more: https://docs.google.com/document...­

    1 · August 22, 2012

  • Adria R.

    Wish I could attend this but I'll be holding a meetup the same night for SF Developer Advocates. If I drop off my HD digital camcorder, can someone record this?

    1 · August 16, 2012

    • Lynn R.

      Adria - I will run to Office Depot this morning, like 10/10:30. Any chance you can meet me at somewhere near Market & 3rd?

      August 22, 2012

    • Adria R.

      Hey @Lynn, I was in meetings until 12:30pm but if someone can pick up the video camera by 4:30pm, it's still available for tonight. Thanks!

      August 22, 2012

  • Andrée B.

    Hi, just wondering if there will be any food at the event this evening! Looking forward to concentrating on the code problems and need to get a snack before if not :)

    August 22, 2012

    • Lynn R.

      THERE WILL BE FOOD YAAAA! courtesy of Geekli.st!

      2 · August 22, 2012

  • Parminder

    Can someone please confirm the address? Is it 717 California street San Francisco ? When I go to the map from within the meetup app, it takes me to Townsend and 2nd street intersection.

    August 21, 2012

    • Parminder

      Thank you Joanne!

      August 22, 2012

    • Katherine M.

      717 California St. I promise. I've had an event there before.

      1 · August 22, 2012

  • Parminder

    Thank you so much Lynn, see you in the evening!

    August 22, 2012

  • Teresa C.

    Google maps has the address pointed at a Chinese restaurant. Is that correct?

    August 21, 2012

    • Katherine M.

      I think the Chinese restaurant is maybe the one across the street?

      August 21, 2012

  • Katherine M.

    Hi everyone - a reply from the hosts to your comments! Thanks for your interest in this event!

    To everyone talking about video: We need a volunteer to step forward to do this; the organizers don't have the time. If we get a volunteer, I will ask Gayle's permission. We will only be taping Gayle if we tape anything.

    @Aileen - we will not be offering resume reviews; maybe another time. While they don't focus on technical resumes specifically, I recommend the Jewish Vocational Services resume class, resume podcast, + their drop-in resume reviews to help improve your resume in general; there are books on technical resumes that you can refer to as well.

    @Pinar & @Aliya - Sorry, men cannot attend Women Who Code events even as guests of women. Please update your RSVP appropriately.

    August 19, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      I am scheduling some other, similar talks in the bay area. If you'd like to be notified of when these come up, you can add your name here: https://careercup.wufo...­

      1 · August 20, 2012

    • Lynn R.

      +1 for Gayle responding directly. :D

      August 20, 2012

  • Carina C. Z.

    I agree it's a valuable workshop topic (So! Much! Thank you!). However, I believe this is the rare tech workshop at which videorecording affects the dynamic. Many people would be wary of being recorded in a job interview, let alone an unpolished one, and shared where a (future, or *cough* present) employer might encounter it. If Gayle is willing to be recorded, then perhaps roll camera only while she's speaking. For the sake of candid discussions & productive roleplays, please consider leaving unrecorded everything else including mingles. Then let's schedule another practice night really soon. Clearly people would love to sign up for it.

    August 17, 2012

  • Meredith U.

    It would be amazing if there could be a live feed of some kind for people who can't be there in attendance. This is such a great topic!

    August 17, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Anyone in Santa Clara area wanna do a car pool to this event?

    August 11, 2012

  • Shannon

    That's fantastic that Gayle is speaking at this interview practice event! I guess when you can't get the book, you might as well get the author to bring some. =)

    1 · August 10, 2012

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