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Interview Kickstart

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Interview Kickstart

Avg Rating:4.81 ( 105 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
      Start Date None scheduled
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      Class size80
      LocationSan Jose
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      Refund / GuaranteeA trial period of a week is offered at the start of the program.
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      Minimum Skill LevelN/A
      Placement TestNo
      InterviewNo
    • Backend Engineering Interview Course

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      OnlinePart Time12 Hours/week
      Start Date None scheduled
      CostN/A
      Class size80
      LocationSan Jose
      Best suited for Current or Former Backend Engineers
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      DepositN/A
      Refund / GuaranteeA trial period of a week is offered at the start of the program.
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      Minimum Skill LevelN/A
      Placement TestNo
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    • Cloud Engineering Interview course

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      OnlinePart Time12 Hours/week
      Start Date None scheduled
      CostN/A
      Class size80
      LocationSan Jose
      Best suited for Engineering and Solution Architecture Design Business Analytics DevOps Engineer
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      Refund / GuaranteeA trial period of a week is offered at the start of the program.
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      Placement TestNo
      InterviewNo
    • Data Engineering Interview Course

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      SQL, Hadoop, Data Engineering
      OnlineFull Time12 Hours/week
      Start Date None scheduled
      CostN/A
      Class size80
      LocationSan Jose
      Best suited for: Current or Former Data Engineers Software Engineers working on Data Platforms
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      DepositN/A
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       Lending partners available like  Affirm 
      Refund / GuaranteeA trial period of a week is offered at the start of the program.
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      Placement TestNo
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    • Data Science Interview Course

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      Data Science
      OnlinePart Time12 Hours/week
      Start Date None scheduled
      CostN/A
      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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      jQuery
      OnlinePart Time12 Hours/week
      Start Date None scheduled
      CostN/A
      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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       Lending partners available like   Affirm
      Refund / GuaranteeA trial period of a week is offered at the start of the program.
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      Minimum Skill LevelN/A
      Placement TestNo
      InterviewNo
    • Engineering Management Interview Course

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      OnlinePart Time12 Hours/week
      Start Date None scheduled
      CostN/A
      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
      Financing
      DepositN/A
      Refund / GuaranteeA trial period of a week is offered at the start of the program.
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      Minimum Skill LevelN/A
      Placement TestNo
      InterviewNo
    • Front-end Engineering Interview Course

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      JavaScript, Front End
      OnlinePart Time12 Hours/week
      Start Date None scheduled
      CostN/A
      Class size80
      LocationSan Jose
      Best suited for Current Front-end Engineers
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      DepositN/A
      Financing
        Lending partners available like  Affirm 
      Refund / GuaranteeA trial period of a week is offered at the start of the program.
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      Minimum Skill LevelN/A
      Placement TestNo
      InterviewNo
    • Full Stack Engineering Interview Course

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      OnlinePart Time12 Hours/week
      Start Date None scheduled
      CostN/A
      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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      DepositN/A
      Refund / GuaranteeA trial period of a week is offered at the start of the program.
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      Minimum Skill LevelN/A
      Placement TestNo
      InterviewNo
    • IOS Engineering Interview Course

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      OnlinePart Time12 Hours/week
      Start Date None scheduled
      CostN/A
      Class size75
      LocationSan Jose
      Best suited for Current or former iOS Engineers
      Financing
      DepositN/A
      Refund / GuaranteeA trial period of a week is offered at the start of the program.
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      Minimum Skill LevelN/A
      Placement TestNo
      InterviewNo
    • 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)
      Financing
      DepositN/A
      Financing
       Lending partners available like  Affirm 
      Refund / GuaranteeA trial period of a week is offered at the start of the program.
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      Minimum Skill LevelN/A
      Placement TestNo
      InterviewNo
    • Master Class (Default) Interview Course

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      OnlinePart Time12 Hours/week
      Start Date None scheduled
      CostN/A
      Class size77
      LocationSan Jose
      Best suited for Current or Former Backend Engineers
      Financing
      DepositN/A
      Refund / GuaranteeA trial period of a week is offered at the start of the program.
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      Minimum Skill LevelN/A
      Placement TestNo
      InterviewNo
    • Product Management Interview Course

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      OnlinePart Time12 Hours/week
      Start Date None scheduled
      CostN/A
      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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      Placement TestNo
      InterviewNo
    • Security Engineering Interview Course

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      OnlinePart Time12 Hours/week
      Start Date None scheduled
      CostN/A
      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
      Financing
      DepositN/A
      Refund / GuaranteeA trial period of a week is offered at the start of the program.
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      Minimum Skill LevelN/A
      Placement TestNo
      InterviewNo
    • 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
      Financing
      DepositN/A
      Financing
        Lending partners available like  Affirm 
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      Minimum Skill LevelN/A
      Placement TestNo
      InterviewNo
    • 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
      Financing
      DepositN/A
      Refund / GuaranteeA trial period of a week is offered at the start of the program.
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      Minimum Skill LevelN/A
      Placement TestNo
      InterviewNo
    • Test Engineering 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 Test Engineers. Software Engineers trying to transition to Test Engineering. QA Engineers/Testers trying to transition into SDET roles.
      Financing
      DepositN/A
      Financing
       . Lending partners available like  Affirm 
      Refund / GuaranteeA trial period of a week is offered at the start of the program.
      Getting in
      Minimum Skill LevelN/A
      Placement TestNo
      InterviewNo
    • Shashi Srinivasa  User Photo
      Shashi Srinivasa • Verified via LinkedIn
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      If you are a experience engineer, with experience working on data structures and you are finding it challenging to clear technical interviews, this course is perfect for you. The course material is well organized and high quality, the kind you would see is a DS course in top graduate schools, the Instructors are just the best people on this earth who are passionate and genuinely interested to see you crack interviews. Instructors are experts in the field yet so down to earth and humble.
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      Pratik • Verified via LinkedIn
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      The best apart about IK is that they aren't necessarily teaching you how to crack interviews through short cuts. The entire curriculum is setup in a way to improve your engineering skills as well as problem solving skills. It's more like teaching you how to think through algorithm based problems than just solving Leetcode questions together. You'll still need to grind to land your dream job/position, but IK's support through their curriculum, instructors and coaching is absolutely worth the money you'll pay. 
    • Senior Manager
      - 4/9/2022
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      Kishore Periassamy • Student • Verified via LinkedIn
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      IK was a real eye opener or me in understanding how to approach the technical interviews in Tier I product companies. The key differentiator for IK and what I liked is that they cover all aspects from interview process right from resume preparation / review >  how to search for jobs > LinkedIn profile > technical (Data Structures & algo) > system design > soft skills > technical assistance sessions > mock interviews > offer negotiation et all. 

      From my personal experience of attending this course and as a person who had got good offer from Tier-I tech companies, this course is a definite YES to anyone who is serious about their job hunt and uplevel their career.

      Thanks IK and good luck to all current & future learners.
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      Akriti • Applicant Verified via GitHub
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      Having struggled for a while to understand what I was doing wrong in the interviews and how to behave during an interview, I took help of 1-1 interview session with the mentors and the guidance provided from them helped me understand the problem with my approach. Interview Kickstart is a great platform to perfect your basics and get deep understanding of algorithms. These sessions helped me crack Google and several other companies.
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      Bhavesh • Software Engineer • Student • Verified via LinkedIn
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      I have learned a lot about Data structure and algorithms with real-world use cases.   
      The system design and career session were very useful. 
      Interview kickstart is a very good place to up your level tech industry.
    • Software Engineer
      - 3/23/2022
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      Sujith • Software Engineer • Graduate • Verified via LinkedIn
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      As an alumni of Interview Kickstart, here is my complete review. I have gone through it and got offers from couple of FAANG companies.

      You should take this course only if you satisfy all of the below points:
      1. If you have enough time to spend (10-15 hours per week is bare minimum). Hard work pays off in long run. You might be smarter, but you need to spend enough amount of time to see the day light. Some made it in couple of months but for me it took almost a year.
      2. Don't believe that by just attending classes during the course, you will magically crack interviews
      3. If you can motivate yourself time and time again when things (life, current job, interviews at some companies) won't work your way
      4. Believe in doing the things the right way, there are many shortcuts out there to memorize and reproduce in interviews. (sometimes they may work and sometimes they don't)
      5. (For software engineers) If you know how to code in at least one language. 

      Why you should take this course:
      1.  Probably it is well tested and the focus is more on the concepts / templates rather than approaching one problem at a time.
      2. You will meet peers who have similar aspirations. You can make groups and help yourselves.
      3. Instructors are always there to help if you have questions or if you want to present your way of solving problem.
      4. Probably the best investment of time and money in the long run for wanna be techies/geeks.

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      Danish Akhtar • Sr. Software Engineer • Student Verified via GitHub
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      I was looking to jump companies and bump up my salary in that process, but realized I needed more practice with data structures and algorithms. The curriculum at IK is pretty comprehensive and does require a good amount of time/dedication to complete. Due to COVID, the classes were held online and each week the class required you to complete the pre-req material for that topic. That was fine, but the online class would go for 6-8 hrs at a stretch on Saturday morning/afternoons depending on your timezone. I was not a fan of sitting for that many hrs in one go. Would prefer if the schedule was broken down multiple sessions/days in a week. 
      Out of all the instructors, I found Omkar the most easy to follow and enjoyed his systematic teaching method. 

      Overall, I would recommend IK for people who are serious about moving to a FAANG company as a software engineer as the curriculum covered here goes into all topics (arrays, trees, maps, graphs, sorting, recursion, etc) in good depth.
    • Sarthak Dubey  User Photo
      Sarthak Dubey • Sr. Software Engineer • Graduate • Verified via LinkedIn
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      IK presents with a curated set of fundamental DS&A principles and coding practices which I think are great for someone who’s new to big tech interviews. Personally, I’ve been through the LC style interviews once before but found the approach, timelines and schedule of the coursework highly useful to keep me on track with my progress in a quarter long preparation sprint.
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      Suryanarayan Sudersanam • Software Engineer • Graduate • Verified via LinkedIn
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      The course provides everything one needs to understand to be able to crack the interviews for FAANG companies. They do their best to make the vast portion as concise as possible and the root of this course is not to find a loop hole in the hirings process but to just make you a better engineer who can solve coding questions in limited time and give the acceptable answers for behavioral interviews. The materials and live sessions are amazing and can be overwhelming at times but if you manage to stick with it for even 50% of the time, you would have improved a whole lot. If you don't have the drive to practice coding everyday then this bootcamp is for you as you will pay a whole lot and have a schedule to adhere to from day one when you join this bootcamp.
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      Oleksii • Software Engineer • Graduate Verified via GitHub
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      I would recommend this course to anyone who would like to prepare for the software engineer interview for FAANG and many other companies in SF Bay Area.
      Interview Kickstart has a great curated curriculum that is up to date with the interview process with many companies.
      But the best part of the course is not even the content rather then support and access to the coaches you get. You could get guidance for the problems you stuck and advice on many system design topics.
      Unfortunately not all the coaches are great but over time you'll learn the schedule and know when to book the session to get the most of it.
      For me one of the most helpful parts were the behavior and the offer negotiation sessions. Behavior knowledge and practice was so useful for me so I sometimes passing even coding exercises leveraging soft skills even though not completing technical solution or not providing the optimal one.
      Offer negotiation knowledge gained is hard to underestimate as it allows me to create the lever to get the most from my effort.

      I hope that Interview Kickstart will improve the operational part. It is quite frustrating you showed up to the mock interview or live class and it is rescheduled after 5 minutes of beginning. The performance of the platform for submitting solutions and over all reliability of the uplevel portal also could be improved.

      The course does require commitment and hard work. You have to be dedicated in order to succeed in it and get the most of it. On the other hand the program is designed to motivate you (career instructors put lots of effort in it) for the career shift and with the skills you will gain you just can't agree to less. You will not accept offers with the boring job anymore.
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      Anshul Bansal • MTS1, Software Engineer • Graduate • Verified via LinkedIn
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      The program really helped me to gain in depth understanding of core concepts and fundamentals of Data Structures and Algorithms. Course is well structured to take one from beginner to advance level. After taking the course, I was able to solve algorithm problems with more efficiency. Mock interviews helped in identifying my weak areas and IK instructors did a commendable job in providing in-depth explanations of different kind of patterns used to solve problems.
    • Super Informative
      - 1/27/2022
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      Mimi S. • Student • Verified via LinkedIn
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      Pros: IK is super helpful in cementing a lot of the basics and developing a deeper understanding of the core concepts that are essential to the interview process at any FAANG company. The foundation material is dense, but it is discussed at a swift pace. Omkar's instructional videos are very detailed and break down the essentials into small digestible components, his method of teaching seems academic, yet-tranquil,. The mock interview sessions are super helpful, especially for those who need additional guidance and help with defining their shortcomings. The coaches (current FAANG employees) may bring in their own experience interviewing with FAANG and the mistakes that they wished they could avoid if they could do it all again. The IK staff are very friendly and receptive. They are quick to respond and "go the extra mile."

      Cons:  The foundational material + classes + problem-sets can seem overwhelming if you are already working full-time, but any missed material can be reviewed during the support period so they are very accommodating about this.