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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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    • Backend Engineering Interview Course

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      Best suited for Current or Former Backend Engineers
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    • Cloud Engineering Interview course

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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
      OnlineFull Time12 Hours/week
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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
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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
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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
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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
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      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
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      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
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      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
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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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    • Technical Lead
      - 10/18/2021
      Adam Ulmer • Student
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      Just wanted to share a quick review of my experience at IK
      Before I do that, just to set the context, a quick background about myself. My day job is SW/FW design & development and leading SW teams. I have been doing it for over 20 years now. I have interviewed hundreds of people myself during the course of my career. I have a good understanding of my space (embedded) and I am good at what I do. However, prior to IK, I had very limited exposure to what's going on outside of my domain.

      The reason I felt the need to get into a program like IK is because it would allow me to  
      1. Get a good understanding of what the rest of the companies outside of my space looks like and trust me, I know a lot more now than I did before I joined IK!  
      2. Organize myself to be competitive when I interview for senior development and engineering leadership positions in companies outside my domain.

      IK provides a fabulous interview prep framework that anyone motivated enough to put in the time to follow the course set by IK, can and will succeed.

      A few noteworthy things that IK brings to the table are

      1. IK has great DS and Algorithms content developed by Omkar, who in my opinion is one of the best teachers I have seen till date. Omkar has developed a vast library of content and his focus is mainly on pattern based problem solving. Learning this way allows a student to quickly be able to apply each of the taught patterns to a large cluster of problems. This, needless to say is incredible value in terms of interview prep from a DS/Algorithms standpoint.
      2. IK follows the same principle of identifying problem solving patterns for the system design portion of the interview, some of which are also developed by Omkar. The content for the SD aspects of an interview are in depth and if mastered will put anyone in a commanding position during interviews.
      3. IK prepares the student for the  behavioral portion of interviews where they drill into the students' minds the do's and don'ts during behavioral interviews. The content developed by IK to handle this portion gives you a very good idea as to what today's companies in the bay area are looking for and how to handle them. It is important to note that each one of these companies have their own way of handling the behavioral section and this part makes the student aware of how the behavioral portion is handled by several large companies. Again, huge value as this is what will determine if one gets the job or not irrespective of how they fare in the technical portions of the interview, hence a very important aspect of interview preparation!
      4. IK provides a good support system in terms of technical and behavioral one-on-one coaching for anyone who needs it during the course of their preparation.
      5.Finally, students get ample mock interviews in both the technical and the behavioral parts to further solidify and eliminate any interview time weaknesses

      In summary, an enrollee at IK, gets access to very high quality content created by some very smart folks from industry leading companies. Again, I want to emphasize, for someone willing to put in the time, there is no reason why (s)he would not be fully prepared to be able to crack interviews no matter how difficult they are.

      So yes, everything that you need is packaged for students at IK and with it I think you will be more confident about your abilities in general, irrespective of what you want to do with the all the newly acquired knowledge!

      Good luck and go for it!

    • Raptor • Software Engineer • Student
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      Having a full-time job and a family it seemed almost impossible to be able to prep for Job interviews and in particular the DSA topic.  Using brute force to prep with leetcode did not seem wise, given the vast areas in this topic. This is when I decided to join IK. The training and coaching provided by Soham, Omkar & Nick is truly exceptional. The insights provided for various algorithms were quite unique and stuck with me. IK breaks down the problems into well known patterns making it easier to solve unseen problems. The coverage on Graphs, Trees and Dynamic programming is probably better than any University course out there. Once I felt fully prepped, I started interviewing and  I was able to bag multiple offers and decided to join a FAANG company. In hindsight was given problems that were not on leetcode. I feel like this was one of the best investments I have ever made. Invest in yourself and take this course.
    • Srinivasan Venkataraman • Lead Software Engineer • Graduate
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      If you are looking to rediscover your roots as a Software Engineer and grow to the next level in your career,  look no further.

      Whether you have spent long years in the industry and lost that sharp edge in problem solving skills due to atrophy in a corporate environment or you are starting out your career now, Interview Kickstart begins from the basics of algorithm design and its application to problem solving. During the course of 8 weeks, you will astonish yourself on how good you have become.

      You will work really hard during the course. There will be homework and tests every week. Yes you will fail those tests because they are timed! But it puts you in the interview setting and helps you get and stay comfortable in the problem solving zone. Which is when your brain works optimally.

      The classroom instructors are very good and some of their pre-class videos are top notch (taught by Dartsmouth PhDs). I highly recommend Interview Kickstart if you want a structured preparation help in your high end software engineering career goals.

    • Anonymous • Software Engineer • Graduate
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      I went through InterviewKickstart a few months ago and found it very helpful despite having started studying on my own beforehand. InterviewKickstart forced me to actually adopt habits I already knew I should have adopted but hadn’t at. The program’s not for you if, when you go to prepare for interviewing, you:

      • Successfully set up and follow a multi-month study schedule that sequences topics and has you spending 10–20 hours a week deliberately practicing solving Leetcode-style questions and systems design ones.
      • Find friends who interview people at their companies and will give you critical mock interview feedback over and over again as your practice.
      • Immediately jump into mercenary mode and start strategizing about your bound-to-be-successful negotiations when you get an offer.

      Especially with the popularization of deliberate practice, many of us programmer types know we should prepare for interviews roughly how I described above but, as far as I can tell, very few of us actually do this. I firmly believe that getting people to do things they already know they should do but don’t is truly the “secret sauce” of InterviewKickstart

      That said, I’ll briefly summarize the pros & cons of InterviewKickstart.

      Pros

      • Solid problem sets for most algorithms and system design topics. While the individual questions in the problem sets won’t blow your mind compared to what you might see on Leetcode, the order in which they’re presented and the solutions (and TA help) provided make getting stuck less common and less frustrating.
      • There are a few really good teachers who teach at InterviewKickstart. In classes with these teachers, you learn not only content but also how someone who is better than you (or me at least) at thinking would approach a problem.
      • The program includes 12 mock interviews and the mock interviewers (at least the ones that I did sessions with) are all solid.
      • There’s a person at InterviewKickstart who focuses on behavioral/negotiation stuff and he’s quite helpful if you’re not naturally good at this part of the job process.
      • I noticed some other commenters on this Quora post arguing that InterviewKickstart’s “all hype”. From what I can tell, that’s inaccurate in the sense that InterviewKickstart promises it can help people willing to work hard get jobs at big name tech company and does so at a reasonably high success rate. While one could argue that highlights a flaw in hiring processes as much as the value of the program, it doesn’t negate the fact that InterviewKickstart is succeeding at what it promises to do, help people get jobs they wouldn’t have gotten otherwise.

      Cons

      • There are a bunch of teachers who are just OK. While the really good teachers treat classes like exploratory learning ventures, the OK ones come off as wanting to show you that they are really good at interview style problems.
      • Most people doing the program are, unsurprisingly, focused on finding a job at a big tech name. If you don’t like being in an environment where it feels as though people are openly trying to achieve a traditionally valued goal, then you’ll be frustrated by the one-track-mindedness of most InterviewKickstart students. That said, in my cohort’s case, the one-track-mindedness didn’t devolve into zero-sum competitiveness. People were still helpful to each other and encouraging about others’ job prospects.

      To summarize, InterviewKickstart helped me do things I knew I should do but wasn’t doing. I’d definitely recommend it to someone who’s willing to put in 10–20 hours a week preparing for interviews, wouldn’t be able to maintain this level of focus on their own, and wants a job at a “big name” tech company that uses algorithms-style interviews to evaluate candidates.

    • Ted Annan • Senior Software Engineer • Graduate
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      I took this course in June of 2017 and it was worth every penny. Working in the industry for several years without having to interview, I was in dire need of a refresher since interviewing in the software engineering space is much different than work done on the job. This course was much more than that.

      I signed up and was immediately scheduled for a quick 30 minute phone call with the founder, Soham. Why? They don’t just want sign ups for money; they want to make sure your goals are aligned with what the course offers.

      After outlining the course and curriculum, I got started. I attended remotely via video. The course was an in depth dive into the key topics necessary for an interview. Trees, Recursion, Dynamic Programming, Graphs, Object Modeling, Scalable Systems, etc - these were each dedicated a full 4 hours each (12 for scalable systems and 8 for dynamic programming) along with homework and timed tests every week. Besides the topics, they also focused on interview problem solving approach - step by step guidance on how to approach each type of problem. Office hours for questions are also very useful.

      During the course and after, I had access to several resources to further ensure my success - 15 mock interviews with senior/principal engineers from reputable industry leaders such as Google, Facebook, Apple, LinkedIn, Dropbox, etc. These folks provided feedback after each mock interview which is PRICELESS because this is something you wouldn’t get from a real interview. This allowed me to hone my skills prior to the actual interviews.

      Another very important note, and it was shocking to me throughout the process - these folks actually care. Soham and other leaders of the course reached on to me on several occasions to check on my status and provide guidance. Nick spent an hour on the phone during late hours working on techniques to help calm the nerves during interviews and overcome fear.

      This course was a life changer - I have since received 4 offers from top companies, Facebook included. Prior to this course (in 2015) when I interviewed with Facebook I didn’t get past the technical phone screen. I passed 12/14 phone screens, and got offers from 4 of the 6 companies I interviewed onsite with.

      A couple of things to note:

      1. The course is extremely intensive - be prepared to spend 14 hours per week on lectures, tests, and homework
      2. This will give you a strong base, but you will need to spend additional hours practicing on your own - I’d recommend 4–8 hours per week
      3. Use the course resources! There are office hours, folks from top companies you can reach out to for company specific info, workshops for behavioral interviews, scheduling interviews, negotiating compensation, etc
    • santhosh • Graduate
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      Seriously, Its one of a kind boot camp to get prepared confidently  for technical interviews. Instructors are really really good, humble, knowledgeable and provide great learning experience. Preperation pattern is of top-notch quality.To get 100% ROI out of this course  please please prepare the course pre-requisites thoroughly before you start the program otherwise you will feel overwhelming and swamped.

       

    • Amit Pal • Software Engineer • Graduate
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      This is the perfect place if you want to prepare for the coding/technical interviews in the silicon valley. 
      The standards are pretty high in silicon valley which forces you to have a thorough practice and tailored preparation.
      The syllabus for this course is well thought and teachers are awesome.
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      I started with IK in Feb 2021 with master class program. The curriculum is planned very well and covers all the basics of the programming, algorithms and system design. Specially the Omkar’s foundation videos are world class and provide very good foundation before the live class problem solving session. The program is very well planned coding followed by Scalable Systems followed by Career development and interview strategies. Also the technical and career coaching available during support period are a good value add. Overall very satisfied with the program and the learning. 
    • Anonymous • Senior software engineer • Graduate
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      I am thankful to IK for the wonderful coding bootcamp that they provided. Without their guidance in DS & Algorithms it would have been impossible to crack technical interviews. 
    • Anonymous
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      The best part of the program was the structured approach to brush up the coding topics with a focus on breadth initially. The mock interviews helped a lot in getting honest feedback and practice especially with time constraints. The ad hoc sessions during the support period was great in learning new topics.
    • Anonymous • Graduate
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      I am an Engineering Director today and I was a bit apprehensive initially about the curriculum helping me secure a management position in FAANG. Nevertheless, after listening to Omkar's approach to teaching algorithms, I decided to pursue the course anyway. I really liked the idea of time-boxing the preparation to two months. I should say, I progressively fell in love with the way the coding material was presented. Every topic built upon the previous and it was clear that IK had a winning formula for cracking the coding interview. In some of the topics like graphs, Omkar did such an amazing job of explaining the origin of those problems. In my case, coding was not going to be the primary focus of the managerial interviews. However, having strong intuition about implementation complexity also helped reason well about system design - For example - Web crawler or Web Search or stock exchange system etc. 
      For system design, 2 weeks of IK material may not be comprehensive. However, if you can use that as the starting point and explore various system at depth and potentially use their technical coaching sessions to validate concepts that are not clear, it should definitely help you progress. I also read through the DDIA book which I highly recommend to get a good grasp of fundamentals. When I got closer to my final interview, I scheduled a few mock interviews and I got a lot of useful feedback from the interviewers. Overall, I really enjoyed the IK experience and would gladly recommend this as a way to mentally prime yourself for cracking FAANG.