Mastering the Software Engineering Interview

Start Date: 07/05/2020

Course Type: Common Course

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About Course

You’ve hit a major milestone as a computer scientist and are becoming a capable programmer. You now know how to solve problems, write algorithms, and analyze solutions; and you have a wealth of tools (like data structures) at your disposal. You may now be ready for an internship or (possibly) an entry-level software engineering job. But can you land the internship/job? It depends in part on how well you can solve new technical problems and communicate during interviews. How can you get better at this? Practice! With the support of Google’s recruiting and engineering teams we’ve provided tips, examples, and practice opportunities in this course that may help you with a number of tech companies. We’ll assist you to organize into teams to practice. Lastly, we’ll give you basic job search advice, and tips for succeeding once you’re on the job.

Course Syllabus

Welcome to our course on effectively communicating your technical abilities. This course focuses on landing a technical job and excelling in a technical role. To succeed in job interviews, you’ll need to be able to confidently articulate your ability to solve challenging problems and come up with new solutions under potentially stressful conditions. After getting a technical job, the role of communication increases even more. You’ll need to work with other members of the team, communicate technical challenges and successes, and potentially sell the value of your work to those outside the company. Our goal is that by the end of this course each and every one of you understands the importance of technical communication, and has received constructive feedback on areas of potential improvement. In achieving this goal you will also learn about algorithmic thinking on the fly, how to evaluate a good interview answer to a difficult technical problem, and how “soft” skills impact interview outcomes. In this module, we’ll begin to see what a technical interview looks like, from the perspective of a major tech company. We’ll then focus on how to best get the interview in the first place. If you're not in the job market right now, you might want to skim the videos in this module and skip ahead to the Resume Critique (for insights about how to present yourself in writing) or the Introductions assignment (on effectively presenting yourself in person).

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Course Introduction

Mastering the Software Engineering Interview This is the fourth course in the specialization about mastering software engineering. By taking this course, you will be able to increase your programming skills to a point where you are able to design, develop, and test software projects. You will build on the knowledge you’ve acquired so far, and you’ll also be able to apply that knowledge to the final project. In this course, you will learn about the different stages of the software engineering process, and how to approach each of them. You will learn about the thinking and planning process, and how to build a team’s confidence in its ability to create quality software. You’ll also learn how to communicate well with other teams, discuss project status, and make requests. During the course, you will work on a project of your own choosing. You will work on a project that has been planned and defined, and that is managed by a team. You will do this by following the steps laid out in a project report, which will provide information that will help you understand the different aspects of software engineering, and how they are related. This information will allow you to design and develop software projects of your own, which is the focus of the other courses in this specialization. In the first stage, you will be able to think about the problem that you would like to solve. You will have to define what problem you are trying to solve, and

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Live Coding Programming Interview Algorithms Problem Solving

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