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Interview Kickstart

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Interview Kickstart

Avg Rating:4.78 ( 51 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
      CostN/A
      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
      InterviewNo
    • 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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      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
    • 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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       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
      InterviewNo
    • 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)
      Financing
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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
    • 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.
      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
    • 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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      Minimum Skill LevelN/A
      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
    • 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!
    • Cam Martin • Student
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      Once the course material is covered by a student, clearing an interview will become a byproduct and the student is bound to become a better engineer to perform a software engineering role. A student will not only end up solving about 250 to 300 coding questions across various topics but also learn how to approach any coding problem from scratch. Any session taken by Omkar Deshpande is brilliant and starts from the fundamentals. The technical coaching sessions, mock coding interviews strengthen your interviewing skills and remove interviewing jitters. The support staff is great and overall this program provides great career coaching for Engineers aspiring to work at FAANG companies.
    • SB • Student
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      The interview preparation course at IK is very relevant and comprehensive. Here are few things I liked about it. 

      1) Content: It's current and very relevant. The course operates on 80-20 strategy. While it focuses on 20% of content that matters in 80% of the interview scenarios, it also provides support to student who want to explore more through floater and coaching sessions.

      2) Instructors: They know the stuffs that they teach really well. They are very engaging. 

      3) Operations: They are there for your success. Each of the students are assigned an SSA (Student Success Advocate) who guides students throughout the period. And they are good at it. 

      4) Beyond coding: There system design goes through fundamentals to advance topics currently asked in interviews. They are even more useful if you are applying for levels seniors and above. They also have some really good content on behavioral aspects of interview such as offer negotiations, resume, and linked in profile guidance, etc. 

      Though the program contents are really good, it does not guarantee a job.  Here are some strategies that I personally believe a student can do to get the best out of the program. 

      1)      More you put in, the better you are. The program is not a silver bullet in itself.
      2)      Mock interviews: Mock interviews are taken by engineers, engineering managers, leaders, and executives from top software companies. I have found there reviews very helpful. Iteratively, I have been personally able to improve a lot by addressing feedbacks from previous mocks. 
       

    • Dolly • Graduate
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      I had a great experience with IK. The instruction was online since my cohort started in Feb 2020 when the pandemic had just taken hold. I really wish it could have been in person, but it was still a great experience online.

      You can watch live lecture and ask questions, as well as review old lecture videos. Because it was for material that I hadn't covered since college, I had some difficulty and had to watch lecture videos multiple times. What was also helpful was the office hours. 

      They had coding office hours, as well as a lot of drop-in slots for other counseling services to help you with your experience. 
      These really helped it feel much more structured. I even took away new methods of goal-planning during career counseling sessions, thanks to Fanny. 

      My one other nitpick was that as a data engineer, the program was a little overkill on the coding side in my experience, and not enough data engineering specific questions. However, I know that IK now has domain-specific programs so I would definitely recommend, especially if you hadn't gotten the chance to truly do ETL work for a while despite having a DE title (it happens!)
    • John Baek • Software Engineer • Student
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      I got a job from Google using IK. I really like their curriculum. The student support is the best. You get the full support from the beginning to the end.
    • Fnu J
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      I had many doubts about the success of the program initially prior to enrollment but I knew I needed "something" to change my future interview outcome after failing on amazon and fb, so I bit the bullet and I enrolled to Interview Kickstart (IK) with expectation for my knowledge to grow.

       It didn't disappoint me. The program (DS and Sys Design classes) could fill the gap on my knowledge, the career program definitely brought my resume and profile to more recruiter's attention and the best of all I finally got an offer. I never knew I could be at this stage a year ago. 

      The investment to join the program is definitely worth it and it will return you many folds with the offer.

      Was it an easy journey after joining IK to finally get an offer? It was absolutely not (at least to me). However, Hard work (keep learning), IK support and persistence would bring you closer to that offer you have been dreaming about and if I could do it, so can you.

      Thank you IK!
    • Pushpak
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      This program has a very well researched and updated curriculum. What I really liked is that the curriculum tries to cover the breadth of topics and patterns. One should consider IK if they are looking for a structure to their preparation, it definitely beats mindlessly solving problems on LC. Shout out to Omkar, the director at IK, for not only putting the entire program together, but also being a super super instructor. Worth every penny.  
    • Sejal • Student
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      I am with Interview kickstart (IK) for about 5-6 months. I truly believe it has improved my coding and intellectual skills. They give constant support and motivate you. The categorization of entire course helps you to mark a milestone in your study plan. I used to get confused in how to solve coding questions or even start with interview prep. Just solve 1300 Leetcode questions ? How to study?  - IK helps you get through this too. I don't refer to any other study material. There were few concepts which I could never understand and now after finishing the course, I am well confident about it. IK provides a lot of study material and constant coaching as and when needed. Content of the course is not only limited to interview prep but to uplevel your technical, design and other career skills. It covers basic fundamental of DS, Algos and System design too. If you are stuck, there are provide different ways to solve your doubts - via email, coaching sessions, live classes, discussion forums etc which is very convenient. 
      My favorite Instructor is Omkar Deshpande. I can relate to his teaching style with my undergrad school teacher. His teaching skills are truly awesome. 
      Special thanks to my SSA (Daryl) who constantly motivates me and helps me when I get stuck. He would instantly provide any study material if I want. Staff at IK is very helpful. 
      A little advice for future learners : IK will change your career but make sure to give your 100% !! There is a lot to study and prep. We all know how intense are SE interviews. :)