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How I Prepared to Interview at Google

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tl;dr - I read Steve Yegge’s blog post, rented the The Algorithm Design Manual, and coded questions from Career Cup without an IDE.

Two years ago I interviewed with Google, Zillow, and Facebook for a software manager role.  I went to Google and have since been singing its praises to friends and former co-workers (largely comprised of the poor souls who still remember working at pre-NYT-article Amazon).  Lots of them asked me what the interview was like and many sought out my advice as they were preparing for their own interviews.  So this is the article where I share with everyone what I did and hope it helps out a few folks.

Step one: read Steve Yegge’s blog post Steve worked at Amazon many years ago when I started there.  He wrote guides on reviewing resumes, conducting phone screens, and interviewing.  I enjoyed every one.  I immediately read this post after hearing about it in 2008 even though I had no intentions of interviewing at Google, or any where else for that matter.

When I did…