In iCamp's Live Session today, we had a Q&A with one of our students who got into Facebook. He had some great tips to share.
Highlights from the Q&A:
- Hints come in different forms - many types of hints don't hurt your interview performance. For example, if the interviewer asks you - "have you considered this test case?", and you take his cue, that's not necessarily a major hint. That's just collaborating. You should differentiate between Subtle Hints and Hand-holding. Subtle Hints are typically not a big deal. Hand Holding - which means the interviewer drags you towards the solution - is what you should try to avoid.
- With System Design, you should try to avoid directly using the Grokking Template. Most interviewers don't want it, and if you just regurgitate things from there, it doesn't give the interviewer any signal about your system design skills. Instead, be more flexible in the conversation. Treat it like a discussion.
- Using an iPad with an Apple pencil worked really well for this engineer. He was able to draw diagrams really fast. He discussed different options for drawing diagrams during the interview.
Here are notes from the session:
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