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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
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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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      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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      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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    • 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
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    • 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 
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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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      Refund / GuaranteeA trial period of a week is offered at the start of the program.
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      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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      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
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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
    • 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
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    • 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
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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
    • 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
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      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
    • Anonymous • Graduate
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      IK is worth every penny. Their curriculum is structured really well. The classroom learning + weekly tests laid a pretty good technical foundation for me. Furthermore, through their mock tests, I was able to get to valuable feedback (from experienced interviewers) to iron out the chinks in my armour. I could see a noticeable difference in my interviewing skills after undertaking the program, was able to land a job at a top notch tech company. The program can be grueling, but if you do your due diligence, you'll get the results. I can't stress this enough, but the entire IK team will always go the extra mile to solve any issues for you. I always felt that they had my back.
    • Great curriculum!
      - 11/18/2021
      Anonymous • Software Engineer • Graduate
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      I attended IK and I've got a lot of knowledges and helps enough to get in Microsoft. Their curriculum(algorithms and data structures) is organized very well and explanations are so helpful. And mock interviews and the feedbacks helped me a lot. They add additional classes more and more. It was worth it!
    • Anonymous • Student
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      I joined IK in midst of pandemic . While I really would have been benefitted from in person classes , I think It was a one of the best courses I have attended. Lecturers are super professional and love to teach. SOme of the algorithms lectures were eye opening for me as to how lecturers changes the way I thought about a problem. The lecturers are best of the best in their fields. I love how they have resume services and guidance coach as well.  Taking IK course gives a 10000 ft overview of your own career. While I did not get FAANG job, I think I did advance into my career and at a position in fast growing start up. 
    • Anonymous
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      IK has been an amazing experience, the course, technical teachers and career coaches certainly put a lot of effort to guide and help. A lot of hard work is required at times to catch up with the curriculum which is in-depth and fast-paced. The faculty is extremely knowledgeable and highly invested in the overall journey and the success of the candidate.

      One of the great things is the IK team is very supportive and easily reachable. All I can say IK team leaves no stone unturned to provide the right toolset for success. 
    • Anonymous • Software Engineer
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      The structured curriculum helps you create a plan, rather than just randomly solving leetcode problems. Good and experienced instructors, very supportive staff. If someone is looking to improve algorithm or interview skills, they should definitely consider using Interview Kickstart and Highly recommend.
    • Anonymous • Student
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      • I started IK in April 2021 after a lot of thought and research. After the first introductory call with the founders, I did have sticker shock. But, I went ahead with it after talking to alumni (IK made it easy to do so). Also, it was fairly easy to get my credit card provider to give me a low interest rate to pay for the class over a period of time. 
      • After the first lecture, I realized it is up there among the best investments you can make in yourself as a programmer or your career in tech. In fact, thank you to the founders to make it so affordable! Also, I want my money back from all the schools I went to :-) (and I have a PhD in CE from a reputable US University).  
      • The head of curriculum (Omkar Deshpande) is the best CS teacher (probably ever). He knows and understands complex topics inside out and is able to share with us his amazing techniques to solve problems and learn patterns. After listening to lectures from him, which are a joy to watch as a learner/student, I guarantee that you will realize what a steal this course is! :-) Omkar's pedigree is up there (Stanford PhD, IIT Delhi topper). Another amazing instructor is Tilo Dickopp who works at Google. I really benefited from his teaching and general interview prep tips. Tilo taught CS for ten years, then worked at small companies, was an IK alum himself before getting into Google! Through the mock interview process, I also interacted with Reza S from Google. All these folks, while being incredibly skilled are humble, helpful and eager to see students succeed. This is a great environment for students/learners.
      • There are so many algorithms and techniques in this course that you may have never heard of (at least I had not heard of at least a few). Once you go through the course and give it your best shot, you would be wondering why every programmer is not taught data structures and algorithms this way. The techniques and patterns are useful outside of just interviews and help you become a better programmer. 
      • The second component of the course deals with distributed system design. For those outside big tech. or consumer-facing apps, software system scale at the level you see in these places is very rare so you never have to think about what these guys do from a system design perspective. This was a revelation to me (I work in a small company). Again, Omkar starts things off before instructors like Vivek Hariharan (LinkedIn) take it to the next level. They also provide a great template to deal with these interviews in general and prepare for them. Finally, they make you think about how this ties into the algorithms part of the course, and how to prep for company-specific interviews.
      • The third component of the course deals with behavioral preparation as well as overall job search/career growth/interview strategy/negotiation strategy. This component is headed by Nick Camilleri, who is the absolute boss in this space. I listened to every word of his as it was super valuable. 
      • In addition to the instructors, IK has thought through additional support for students in the form student support advocates (SSA). My SSA (Daryl) became a good friend who I could talk to and get honest feedback on about where I am and how things are going. He also made available content from alternate instructors I needed whenever I asked for it and made valuable suggestions on improving my process. IK was more fun to go through with Daryl.
      • I also made good friends with students/learners in my cohort and shared stories, experiences, and hopes :-) the community as a whole is very supportive.
      • Finally, IK makes all the content available to you for life. You can keep improving on yourself and really never stop learning.

      In summary, if you want to improve yourself as a programmer, this is really the best CS education you can get for a fraction of the cost you will pay at any decent University. This education will reflect in your interviews as well as your job. I highly recommend IK to anyone considering it.
    • Sr. Software Engg
      - 11/4/2021
      Anonymous
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      I highly recommend this course to whoever wants to up level career in software world. It is not just about finding a new job with more compensation but even with if you want to stay with your current employer and improve your skill, this is a right choice. 

      Course is well structured which includes data structure, algorithms, system design and behavioral. Instructors and supports staffs are excellent. 
    • SDE
      - 11/4/2021
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      Overall the course was great. It helped me shape my thought process on not just data structures and system design but also on behavioral topics. The course was shaped to cover topics on very niche topics but the content that was gradually added helped  with the software engineering interview process. Specifically Omkar's foundational and adhoc floaters which helped develop intuition and template around the problems. A suggestion to future learners would be to utilize the resources that are provided at IK and complete the review material including test as much as possible. Daryl, my SSA, was super helpful from the start and was courteous throughout the period. Any queries related to the course material or scheduling of mocks were properly addressed and answered
    • Anonymous • Software Engineer • Applicant
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      There's no a single thing that fits everyone's needs out there. IK had helped me with not just improving my technical knowledge but also gain confidence to attend the likes of Google and Facebook. There is the technical side of IK that is very well structured for everyone to gain knowledge while solving problems and learning about the nuance details about how to think Programatically. Beyond the technical knowledge, IK helped me with prioritizing my interviews, guided me with interviewing not-dream companies to the dream-companies and finally with negotiations too.
      I appreciate IK and most importantly all the folk part of it. You sure helped someone plan their future well. Your help is what made me achieve what I can only dream about, people tend to not accept it but I think it a collective #win. Thank you! lot more to do from here. 

      Aim high!
    • Anonymous • Staff Engineer • Student
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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.
    • Eng leader
      - 9/28/2020
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      IkWeb courses are great and teachers are fantastic. Because of this  I was able to get multiple offers from FAANG companies  in less than 6 months , post finishing the course.  I would highly recommend this course .
    • Anonymous • Student
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      Helped me land a job at a FAANG company. The Instructors and course material are excellent.
      I did not use any other prep including Leet Code, as the Interview Kickstart course is complete.
      Spend 2-3 months of dedicated time on the course and you will see big changes in your career.