- Paperback: 508 pages
- Publisher: CareerCup; 5th Revised & enlarged edition (August 22, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 098478280X
- ISBN-13: 978-0984782802
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 492 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,485 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Cracking the Coding Interview: 150 Programming Questions and Solutions 5th Revised & enlarged Edition
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From the Author
I also know because I've been on the other side of the table, asking candidates to do this. I've combed through stacks of resumes to find the engineers who I thought might be able to actually pass these interviews. And I've debated in Google's Hiring Committee whether or not a candidate did well enough to merit an offer. I understand and have experienced the full hiring circle.
And you, reader, are probably preparing for an interview, perhaps tomorrow, next week, or next year. You likely have or are working towards a Computer Science or related degree. I am not here to re-teach you the basics of what a binary search tree is, or how to traverse a linked list. You already know such things, and if not, there are plenty of other resources to learn them.
This book is here to help you take your understanding of Computer Science fundamentals to the next level, to help you apply those fundamentals to crack the coding interview. Because while the fundamentals are necessary to land one of the top jobs, they aren't always enough. For countless readers, this book has been just what they needed.
About the Author
Gayle Laakmann McDowell is the founder / CEO of CareerCup.com and the author of The Google Resume: How to Prepare for a Career and Land a Job at Apple, Microsoft, Google, or any Top Tech Company.
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, as a software engineer, led much of the recruiting for her alma mater, the University of Pennsylvania.
Additionally, she served on Google's Hiring Committee, where she reviewed each candidate's feedback and made hire / no-hire decisions. She assessed over 700 candidates in that role, and evaluated hundreds more resumes.
Gayle holds a bachelor's and master's degree in Computer Science from the University of Pennsylvania and MBA from The Wharton School.
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This one is Great, has many many good pointers for going in to relatively any kind of technical, managerial, or leadership position.
Good review of the Algorithms, and good to know what the companies are looking for & expecting you to know...
Except for maybe the guidance on being able to write a complete complex program, without any errors, (logic or syntax) and it being able to run the first time, perfectly... I've been doing software 15 years, and another 20 years in the military in High Tech Avionics... Her one expectation there is rather ridiculous, to say the least....
That would be synonymous with asking a test pilot to demonstrate how to take off or land his aircraft safely, without consulting the checklist....
I think the thing that sets this book apart is the interview preparation guidelines. It lays out the best way to prepare whether you are years away from interviewing or just a few days. It also gives insight into what leading tech companies look for in applicants.
Again, great resource. If you're about to graduate from school, or are in between jobs, grab this. It works for anyone at any level.
One of the questions came up during an interview, "How do you detect a loop in a linked list". I immediately was able to give them the answer. The interviewer remarked that no one had answered that question correctly. The competitive edge you gain from reading this is worth SO MUCH more than the price. This book is priceless.
I urge you to do as I did and read at least half of this book before you begin your career search. Most of it should be very familiar to the computer science major.
Along with the technical interview section, the book also prepares you for "HR" type questions that you will also encounter in interviews. Furthermore, the book gives you general tips on coding habits that interviewers are looking for, negotiating salaries, career goals...etc.
The book is a fantastic way to train yourself and gives you the confidence to tackle these programming interviews. Pick it up now!!!
Cannot give the fifth star because it is kinda wordy.. could have been summarized more (sometimes it helps for clarity, but other times just makes me fall asleep)