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Interview Kickstart

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Interview Kickstart

Avg Rating:4.78 ( 42 reviews )

Interview Kickstart is a part-time, 12-15 week online interview training platform that helps software engineers nail technical interviews at FAANG (Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix, Google) and Tier-1 companies. Interview Kickstart helps students strengthen their programming fundamentals and become better engineers in the process, thereby equipping them with the right set of skills required to crack tough technical interviews at top companies. Based on a student’s career path, they can choose from 17 different domain-specific courses.

The course curriculum covers Data Structures and Algorithms, Distributed Systems, Design, Domain-Specific Concepts, and Behavioral Interviews. Students will receive support with optimizing their LinkedIn profile and leveraging LinkedIn to land FAANG interviews. Interview Kickstart gives students expert support with salary negotiation to land bigger and more lucrative offers, mock interviews with industry experts and FAANG hiring managers, one-on-one mentor sessions with technical leads and hiring managers from FAANG companies, and 17 domain courses that specialize in the highest-paying domains.

The highlight of Interview Kickstart’s program is the technical interview prep. Interview Kickstart’s team of 150+ instructors are hiring managers, technical leads, and hiring committee members at FAANG and Tier-1 companies. Being closely acquainted with the hiring process at top tech companies, these instructors know precisely what recruiters are looking for while hiring candidates. This gives students an edge and sets them up for success at highly competitive and challenging technical interviews at FAANG+ companies. 

After course completion, Interview Kickstart students receive an extended 6-month support period. During the support period, students can schedule mock interviews with domain experts, have one-on-one sessions with instructors from FAANG companies, get support with optimizing your LinkedIn profile and resume, and land interviews through Interview Kickstart’s wide network of alums. Since 2014, Interview Kickstart has trained over 9,000 engineers for the toughest tech interviews. Interview Kickstart alums have received lucrative offers from top companies, including FAANG, Microsoft, Uber, Lyft, LinkedIn, Twitter, VMware, and more. Interview Kickstart graduates have an average salary increase of 49% after completing the program and receive multiple offers from FAANG and Tier-1 companies.

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    • Android Engineering Interview Course

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      OnlinePart Time12 Hours/week
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    • Backend Engineering Interview Course

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      OnlinePart Time12 Hours/week
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      Class size80
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      Best suited for Current or Former Backend Engineers
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    • Cloud Engineering Interview course

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      OnlinePart Time12 Hours/week
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      Class size80
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      Best suited for Engineering and Solution Architecture Design Business Analytics DevOps Engineer
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    • Data Engineering Interview Course

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      SQL, Hadoop, Data Engineering
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      Class size80
      LocationSan Jose
      Best suited for: Current or Former Data Engineers Software Engineers working on Data Platforms
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    • Data Science Interview Course

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      Data Science
      OnlinePart Time12 Hours/week
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      Class size80
      LocationSan Jose
      Best suited for Current or Former Data Scientist Software Engineers working on ML Models Other relevant role-responsibility dynamics (some companies have Data ML Engineer/Research Engineer/Statistician, Software Engineer for this job)
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    • Embedded Systems Interview course

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      OnlinePart Time12 Hours/week
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      Class size79
      LocationSan Jose
      Best suited for Embedded Software Engineers working for systems companies They make complete systems including hardware and software e.g.: Cisco, Juniper, D-Link, Bose, Honeywell, Philips and GE Designations - “embedded software engineer” or “software engineer” They constitute about 30% of engg team Software Engineers working for semiconductor companies These companies make ICs (chips) including SoCs e.g.: Intel, Qualcomm, nVIDIA and TI Designations - “software engineer” They constitute about 40% of engg team System Software engineers who want to become Embedded Software Engineers They could be working for Oracle, IBM, HPE Designations - “Systems Software Engineer” or “Software Engineer” EDA/CAD/CAM engineers working for EDA companies e.g.: Synopsis, Cadence and Mentor Graphics Designations - “Design Engineer”
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    • Engineering Management Interview Course

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      OnlinePart Time12 Hours/week
      Start Date None scheduled
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      Class size79
      LocationSan Jose
      Best suited for Currently Engineering Managers, in a TL/ M role or Ex Engineering managers (Including TL/Ms) Current or Ex Sr. Engineering managers Current or Ex Directors of engineering
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    • Front-end Engineering Interview Course

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      JavaScript, Front End
      OnlinePart Time12 Hours/week
      Start Date None scheduled
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      Class size80
      LocationSan Jose
      Best suited for Current Front-end Engineers
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    • Full Stack Engineering Interview Course

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      OnlinePart Time12 Hours/week
      Start Date None scheduled
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      Class size80
      LocationSan Jose
      Best suited for Current Full Stack Engineers (/Developers) The program is best suited for candidates working as Full Stack Engineers(/Developers) and looking for a transition in tier-1 companies.
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    • IOS Engineering Interview Course

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      OnlinePart Time12 Hours/week
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      Class size75
      LocationSan Jose
      Best suited for Current or former iOS Engineers
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    • Machine Learning Interview Course

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      Machine Learning
      OnlinePart Time12 Hours/week
      Start Date None scheduled
      CostN/A
      Class size80
      LocationSan Jose
      Best suited for: -Current or Former ML Engineers -Software Engineers working on ML Models -Other relevant role-responsibility dynamics (some companies have Data Scientists/Research Engineer, Software Engineer for this job)
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    • Master Class (Default) Interview Course

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      OnlinePart Time12 Hours/week
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      Class size77
      LocationSan Jose
      Best suited for Current or Former Backend Engineers
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    • Product Management Interview Course

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      OnlinePart Time12 Hours/week
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      Class size80
      LocationSan Jose
      Best suited for Current or Former Product/Program Managers Program Managers looking to transition into PM roles.
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    • Security Engineering Interview Course

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      OnlinePart Time12 Hours/week
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      Class size80
      LocationSan Jose
      Best suited for Current or Former Security Engineers, Application Security Engineers, Security Architects, Security Support Engineers Application, System or Network Support Engineers Test Engineers Site Reliability Engineers
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    • Site Reliability Engineering Interview Course

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      OnlinePart Time12 Hours/week-6 Weeks
      Start Date None scheduled
      CostN/A
      Class size80
      LocationSan Jose
      Best suited for Current SREs/DevOps
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    • Technical Program Manager Interview course

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      OnlinePart Time12 Hours/week
      Start Date None scheduled
      CostN/A
      Class size79
      LocationSan Jose
      Best suited for Current or Former Security Engineers, Application Security Engineers, Security Architects, Security Support Engineers Application, System or Network Support Engineers Test Engineers Site Reliability Engineers
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    • Test Engineering Interview Course

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      OnlinePart Time12 Hours/week
      Start Date None scheduled
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      Class size79
      LocationSan Jose
      Best suited for Current or Former Test Engineers. Software Engineers trying to transition to Test Engineering. QA Engineers/Testers trying to transition into SDET roles.
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    • Great course
      - 11/16/2021
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      Chetana S • Verified via LinkedIn
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      The bootcamp was very helpful and the instructors were exceptional in delivering the algorithms and system design concepts.Assignments,tests and mock interviews helped me a lot in clearing the interviews.
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      I want to really understand the concepts and patterns that would help me solve any question. IK's instructor did a superb job of providing in-depth explanations of the patterns and thought process that you should use to arrive at the correct solution, no matter the algorithm or design problem.  Highly recommended!
    • My honest review
      - 11/3/2021
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      Ankur • Verified via LinkedIn
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      2 years back I gave a atleast 10 onsites which had system design and literally bombed every design interview so I was looking for a course that taught me how to learn architecture and system design. I had searched everywhere and read a few books on it but never understood how to answer design questions. I was lucky to have found IK because they teach system design from the absolute basics, they have some really great teachers and what I really love in their curriculum is the daily office hours//support. I would recommend anyone who i s willing to understand the basics and prepare for system design rounds to give IK a try and am sure they woon't regret it. Infact when I joined I get a feeling that why isn't colleges teaching this stuff to their students when this type of knowledge is to important. 
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      Corey McGann • Senior Software Engineer • Verified via LinkedIn
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      I have so many good things to say about this course that I don’t even know where to begin so I’ll start with the obvious. The main goal of this course is to get students ready for the tech industries most difficult technical interviews. Interview Kickstart easily excels at that objective, but why? Because they give you a very clear defined structure around all the classifications of algorithms you'll most likely need to be familiar with for technical interviews. They give you a process and approach to think about how you would solve those categories of algorithms. But, Algorithms aren’t the only interview step IK focuses on; they also prep you for the system design and behavioral portions of technical interviews. In  addition they provide mock interviews with practicing employees at all the top tech companies. Ok, with all that being said, IK clearly excels at getting their students ready for technical interviews. 

      But for me, I would say that is not the most important or life changing part of the IK program. This curriculum is difficult. It will most likely push your skills and force you to do better than you’re currently being challenged. You’ll have to learn to set a rigorous study routine and to consistently show up and stumble your way through hard problems until you look up one day and realize you’ve improved significantly more than you noticed or are willing to credit yourself for. If you’re like me and your focus abilities have been negatively impacted then this course and a strong desire to be successful will greatly improve your attention span and ability to focus on complex and difficult problems until you come to the most optimal, general and elegant solution. If you’re serious about a career in tech, take the step, challenge your current comfort level and take this course. 
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      SJ • Software Engineer • Student Verified via GitHub
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      IK has four strong pillars. Foundations videos go broad and deep. They teach concepts. Live sessions reinforce the concepts with concrete examples. Tests (practice and timed), they provide the practice required to perform in interviews. The most important of all is getting the feedback on your journey. That is mock interviews. The recipe to make oneself successful in next career move is packed into this course. Of course practice and following through curriculum is the key. The support personnel are just amazing. They are at your fingertips to help you out. One improvement, I would like to see the session length for live sessions always goes beyond the meeting time. Not by little, but by at least an hour in best case. Never finished within timed slot.
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      Benin Bryant • Software Engineer IV • Student • Verified via LinkedIn
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      Sigh....where do I begin.

      My journey as a software engineer has not been an easy one. After graduatiing from undergrad a long time ago, I realized that if I was ever going to use the math skills I possessed I was going to have to learn how to program. Given there were no boot camps at the time (it was so long ago :P ), I did the next best thing and went back to school, finding a year long masters program for Computer Science. In hindsight, that program, in its infancy at the time, was not as helpful as it should have been. Much of what we learned was old and outdated and the program lacked rigorous instruction in the single most vital component of Software Engineering interviews, data structures and algorithms. As such I didn't feel very prepared when it came time to interviewing.

      The job interviewing process for me was a real wake up call and terribly frustrating. I would typically start interviewing, stumbling, struggling, and learning throughout the process until things finally clicked and I was able to land a job. Long story short the process was miserable.

      A number of years down the road I found myself in the Bay Area, the tech capital of the world and I knew I would have to better my knowledge of software engienering fundamentals if I wanted to successfully receive offers from top companies. I couldn't keep preparing in the manner I had previously. Hence I found Interview Kickstarter.

      I will start with the difference in my interviewing results at the conclusion of the interview kickestarter program. Previously when interviewing, as I mentioned before, I would essentially struggle and fail through interview after interview, until I finally got one right. Before Interview Kick Starter I had never had more than 2 offers at once. At the conclusion of my latest interview saga, I had been invited onsite to 17 different companies, and had received offers from half of them. Its certainly true that I struggled at times, and didn't quite get offers from the goal companies I had in mind. Nevertheless the difference in interveiw results speak for themselves.

      The program is extremely rigorous, and while the structure can be too rigid at times, the resources offered to better ones interview skills, whether it be building the core compotency with data structures and algorithms, learning domain knowledge regarding system design, and other soft skills like offer negotation, healthy study habits, and resume building, provided ample opportunity for me to grow in ways I previously thought were not possible.

      Long story short, joining interview kickstart was the best thing I've ever done regarding interview preparation for my career. For those who don't have the time to commit, I would caution you against signing up for the program. I was working while I did the program and I spent no less than 20 hours a week doing problem sets. The program is difficult, and will be hard for anyone working full time. The more time you can dedicate to it the better.

      Best of luck!

       

    • Data Engineer
      - 11/28/2021
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      I started with Interview Kickstart (IK) in early 2021 February to prepare for Data Engineer interviews. Immediately I liked the IK approach. In my experience, their instructors and the content are the best. I took their advice and applied for tier 3 companies and got an offer by early July. I strongly recommend IK for the tech interview preparation.
    • Veera I • Senior Software Engineer
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      I am a current student(Developer role) of IK and here is my experience so far.
       
      The program is very well designed to crack programming interviews and it uplevels the thought process in problem solving skills.

      Course layout is structured in such a way that it navigates students from basic level to advanced levels week over week.

      The classroom experience is highly professional and it gave me an opportunity to meet other students in the same path, so that we can discuss with each other and motivates each other towards goal.

      Their floater sessions continuously educate students on new problems and new practices in problem solving.

      Overall this program helped my velocity on problem solving skills and boosted my confidence levels also.

      When I attended their orientation, IK founder said that “he believes in this structured way of teaching programming concepts and system design concepts” and “he does not know that if this program does not help, what else helps. It should work”. When I go through their material, classes and problems, those words told by founder always reflect and echoes.

      I wish I could have come to know about this program earlier. It is never too late and I strongly recommend this program.
    • Ram • SDM • Applicant
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      IK has a very structured curriculum with great faculty who can guide through the interview process at top tier company. It is always great to have options to choice where you want to work.
    • Amol K • Engineering Manager • Graduate
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      As an experienced Engineering Manager, I was very skeptical of any interview prep courses. After all, I interviewed people for a living. However, after a few unsuccessful attempts, at a couple of FAANG companies, I realized that I needed some help in building a structured approach towards preparing for interviews, specifically for the technical rounds. I had not been actively coding in the recent past and needed to devote time to brush up on data structures  and algorithms and recognizing patterns to solve problems in a systematic manner. After researching all available options for prep, I settled on Interview Kickstart and I am glad I did! For sure the course is not cheap, but having a structured curriculum with in-person instruction and a cohort of students that I could discuss problems with was invaluable. It definitely required a lot of time commitment from my end as the course was really fast-paced, but it kept me disciplined and time-boxed my preparation.  The curriculum is very comprehensive and laddered well.  Some of the instructors, especially Omkar Deshpande, are fantastic and they really helped me recognize patterns for tackling coding problems and build an approach towards solving them. The mock interviews were also very essential in practicing for the system design problems. 

      On the flip side, there is also room for some improvement. The quality of instructors can vary, but for the most part they are pretty good. The virtual classroom setting (as I did the course during Covid) with a lot of students, is a bit limiting in terms of interactivity and I found myself with questions sometimes that I had to follow up later on. The user interface could also use some improvement as I could easily bookmark favorite sessions or annotate videos for faster reference later. I would also have preferred more practice problems or link to other practice problems in Leetcode (or other online prep) for each of the sections.

      Overall, I would still recommend this course for anyone who is serious about preparing for technical interviews. 
    • Forrest • Student
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      Interview Kickstart is a really good place to start to improve your interview skills as a software engineer.
      Short description:
      if you failed many interviews before, or have no idea what's wrong, this is the right place to start.
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      Success rate:
      I don't know the real success rate. They said it was 99% but I doubt it. From my batch, porbably 20-30 people, I know at least 2 guys got the offer (from the discord channel), I also got an offer (so at least 3), but I did not write anything there. So I guess there were more people got offers. 
      Community:
      There are two places you can discuss. One forum and one discord channel.
      The Forum is kind buggy, especially when you go there through email links. Some questions are posted and answered by students but they are not very active.
      The discord was somehow more active. Usually those who were very active would input some messages in discord. But TBH, the channel was not that active. Usually I use discord to contact the IK operations for support. The support were slow sometimes, but they would get to you.
      Courses:
      Part of the courses are videos only, Part of the courses are live. The course quality is extramely good. I do recommand those.
      Mock terviews are also very good. They have a lot of interviewer from different companeis. Most of them are good, but I did meet one interviewer that was pretty bad and didn't give good comments. But it's rare case. Sometimes you would meet an mock interviewer that was not very experienced, but it looked fine to me. I got one referral from one of the interviewer and got the offer.
      Other support:
      There are a lot of supoort. I did not use a lot of them. I knew there were coding support, Leet code problem, and behavioral interview, compensation negotiation, resume suggestion, etc. You can find one appointment and talk to them in a reasonable time.
      Cost:
      I took the full course, it cost like more than 6k. Is it worth it? IDK. I got an offer for 200k+ so I think it should. And you have 15 mock interview chances. The materials are usually up-to-date, (at least within 2 years). So I think this one is reasonable. I think they also have policy to refund partial of it if you were not hired.
    • Vijay K • Sr. Staff Engineer • Graduate
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      After 10 years of stint at my current job, I wanted to apply for a new job, but looked at the landscape of the interviewing process, and it changed over the last 10 years dramatically. I spent some time in leetcode solving problems, and it was never enough without having a deeper understanding of the underlying concepts. As I was exploring options to improve my skills, I luckily came across Interview Kickstart, through a referral of my ex-colleague and joined without hesitation.

      The master class material videos are top-notch and goes into very basics of why things are done one way vs other and that helps to get ready to face questions that one hasn't come across. Even though it's only 8 classes (some classes going well over 7 hours), the course is very intensive and needs extra time to internalize. Social media related System design problems are very new to me, and the template Interview Kickstart uses to peel it away helps tremendously. The best part of the course is mock interviews, and they really help finding smaller mistakes that one wouldn't pay much attention to, and it's an iterative process.

      Thank you IK!