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System Design Interviews (Part II) – The Complete Guide to Google Interview Preparation

This is the sixth chapter of our The Complete Guide to Google Interview Preparation series.

We’ll continue our discussion about system design interviews from <LAST CHAPTER>. In this post, we’ll mainly focus on some practical on-site strategies.

Assuming you’ve already had a somewhat reasonable design (if not, check our previous chapter), the idea here is how to maximize the results in a system design interview. How to clearly communicate your approach is both a science and an art. Also, many candidates are too eager to show off their knowledge and tend to use some buzzwords that make no sense in the current scenario. We’ll address all these problems and red flags in this chapter.

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Chapter 5: System Design Interviews (Part I) – The Complete Guide to Google Interview Preparation

This is the fifth chapter of our The Complete Guide to Google Interview Preparation series.

From Gainlo‘s survey, system design interview is the No.1 thing people are afraid of. It’s not unique to Google interview preparation, but all companies in general.

Part of the reason is that system design questions are usually open-ended so that there’s no such thing as a standard answer. In addition, this problem also makes preparation hard because you won’t know if your solution works.

Let’s address all these problems in this chapter. I’ll briefly explain how system design interview is evaluated first, then I’ll provide practical tips about both preparation and interview strategy.

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Chapter 4: Experienced Engineers, New Grads, and Interns – The Complete Guide to Google Interview Preparation

This is the fourth chapter of our The Complete Guide to Google Interview Preparation series.

Our readers have completely different backgrounds. Some have been in the industry for a while, some are international students and some are looking for Google internship.

The preparation process may differ a lot depending on your background and target. That’s why in this chapter, I’d like to provide more specific tips for each type of interviewees.

Basically, I put interviewees into three categories: experienced engineers, new grads, and interns. If you are looking for a management position, this post is not for you. Also, if you haven’t read previous chapters, I highly recommend you take a look at them.
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Chapter 3: Practice Coding Questions – The Complete Guide to Google Interview Preparation

This is the third chapter for our The Complete Guide to Google Interview Preparation series. When it comes to Google interview preparation, most people will think about practicing as many coding questions as possible.

It’s partially right because you certainly need to practice. However, very few people did it correctly. With the right approach, you can definitely practice smartly and get improved in less time.

In this chapter, I’ll explain in detail how to practice coding questions with practical tips as before. More specifically, you’ll know more about the following questions:

  • Why we need to practice coding questions
  • When to practice coding questions
  • How to practice smartly (the post is mainly focused on this)
  • Recommended resources

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Chapter 2: Build a Solid Foundation – The Complete Guide to Google Interview Preparation

This is the second chapter for our The Complete Guide to Google Interview Preparation series. If you pay attention to a lot of job requirements, you usually see things like “have a solid computer science foundation”. What does that actually mean?

Apparently, it doesn’t mean you have a computer science degree, nor does it mean you have written a lot of code. in reality, a solid computer science foundation means having a clear understanding of basic knowledge.

In this chapter, I’d like to delve into this topic and give you practical tips on how to build a solid foundation. I would say this is the entry point to Google interview preparation, but at the same time, it’s the most important step.

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Chapter 1: Get an Interview with Google – The Complete Guide to Google Interview Preparation

Google receives over 1 million resumes a year and only a few people got the chance to take an interview. In other words, most people didn’t fail Google interviews but failed to get an interview.

When talking about Google interview preparation, most people will focus on coding questions and try to practice every single question on Leetcode. However, more than 90% of them didn’t get a chance to test it.

Even if you are not fully prepared, taking the interview means you still have a chance. In this chapter, I’d like to give a lot of practical suggestions on how to get an interview with Google. Most techniques also work for other companies.

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Uber Interview Questions – Longest Increasing Subarray

This week, I’m going to talk about the longest increasing subarray problem. You can find more posts like this at Uber Interview Questions.

Also, this question is similar to Subarray With Given Sum. If you have read our previous post, I hope you can solve this problem easily.

In this post, I’m going to cover topics like “sliding window”, dynamic programming, time/space complexity and so on.

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Uber Interview Questions – Arrange Given Numbers To Form The Biggest Number Possible

This week, I’m going to discuss the question – arrange given numbers to form the biggest number possible. Like our previous posts about Uber interview questions, I’m focusing more about the analysis process than the final solution.

The idea is not to give our readers the answer/code immediately. Instead, I’d like to guide you through the whole analysis process. At the end, I hope you can be equipped everything you need to solve similar questions.

Here we go.
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Uber Interview Questions – Search an Element in a Sorted and Rotated Array

In this post, we will talk about rotated array binary search problem. Three major things are discussed: First of all, instead of providing the solution, we’ll cover how to analyze the question and how to come up with the right idea. Second, it’s not easy to write the bug-free solution for this problem and we’ll talk about some tips and hacks. Last, like our other posts, common techniques are summarized at the end of the post so that you can use similar tools to solve other coding interview questions.

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