CodeFights recently launched a new version of Interview Practice, a feature that enables developers to prepare for job interviews through interactive coding practice with technical questions asked by top tech companies. Interview Practice can be a secret weapon for programmers, empowering developers from all backgrounds, locations, and skill sets to ace even the hardest technical interviews and land their dream jobs through practice.
"The key idea behind the new Interview Practice is creating an experience that is analogous to having a personal coach for the interview preparation process," said Tigran Sloyan, Founder and CEO of CodeFights. "We help users understand the overall landscape, including what topics they need to prepare for to do well at technical interviews, and provide a training plan that they can follow to achieve the best results possible."
Most companies rely on technical interviews to weed out people who can't cut it, and to gauge the aptitude, interest, and intelligence of those who can. However, succeeding in technical interviews requires a different, though complementary, skill set than that of a great engineer. A mainstay of the technical interview process is asking questions that help the interviewer determine how well a candidate understands computer science fundamentals like data structures and algorithms, whether they can implement them appropriately, and whether they take time and space complexity into account. Far too often, talented programmers don't make it past the interview stage because they don't know how to prepare.
Interview Practice solves this problem by giving developers a framework and timeline to work with, complete with real interview questions from real companies and essential topic overviews, such as coding patterns, algorithms, and data structures. This makes it easy to know what and how much to study, whether you're a junior developer or have been in the field for years.
Choose A Study Plan
Interview Practice starts with a study plan, and you can choose from 3 pre-set paths.
Programmers who want to brush up on the most essential topics quickly can go with Crash Course, which covers the interview topics that are most commonly asked. The second pre-set study plan is Fundamentals, which is good for users who want to cover core computer science topics. It covers everything from the Crash Course, plus 5 more must-know topics. The third plan is Extra Credit, which is best suited to users who are not in a time crunch and want to cover a wide range of computer science topics. It covers everything from Crash Course and Fundamentals, as well as several more deep-dive computer science topics. Finally, users can go for the Freestyle option, which enables them to choose exactly what topics to study. The completion time for the Freestyle learning path depends on how many topics they choose and how many challenges they complete per day. Developers can also add topics a la carte.
Each track will advise you to complete a certain number of challenges per day in order to complete the learning track in time for their interview. CodeFights will give personalized feedback based on whether they are ahead of schedule, right on schedule, or falling behind.
"Interview Practice is like a coach that keeps you on track when you are training for a marathon," said Sloyan.
Solve real interview questions
The absolute best way to ensure that you are good at interviewing is to practice solving coding interview problems—learning by doing. CodeFights gives you the tools to master key interview topics one by one. You can start with a 'Topic Overview' to refresh your memory and then tackle questions from easy to hard. Ordering the questions by difficulty has a number of benefits. First, it helps you assess where your skill level currently lies and secondly, it provides the opportunity to practice a range of questions. Most people think they only need to tackle the most difficult questions while preparing, but interviewers often test candidates on whether they have a strong understanding of the fundamental concepts. CodeFights has carefully curated all the questions so you can see where your mastery level stands.
Track your progress
Interview Practice enables programmers to monitor their progress and stay on pace by crushing their daily goal.
"The goal here isn't to memorize the answers to a narrow set of questions, but to be as prepared as possible for your interview," said Sloyan. "Our mission is to transform the way companies hire with skill-based recruiting and we know that helping coders—especially those without experience at big tech companies—prepare for interviews is a key part of democratizing the hiring process."
Interview Practice provides developers with classic interview questions organized by topic, so you can master topics one at a time. The Study Plan guide programmers through the material, providing the opportunity to test their skills in an easy-to-use environment and get real-time insight into how they are doing.
Edited by G. Davila