Data Structures, Algorithms, Large Scale Systems, Concurrency, OO Design, Behavioral questions and more.Comprehensive Curriculum
Several hours of white-boarding and timed-tests, with immediate comprehensive feedback. And graded.Rigorous Mock Interviews
Live sessions with core engineers with deep interviewing experience at coveted tech companies.Talented Teachers
We’ll learn to recognize patterns in Software Engineering interview problems and their solutions. We’ll then rehearse them until you feel prepared. Very prepared.
You're good at what you do, but anxiety kills your interviews. The only way to get over it is with prolific practice in a real-life setting. Over and over again.
Non-stop work, evenings and weekends, for 8 weeks, followed by a long support period.
Rigorous, interactive group learning with instructors. Observe, Discuss, Learn, Improve.
Brutally honest and detailed. The kind that's actually useful. Can you handle it?
Homework Assistance, Solutions, Discussions. The more you put in it, the more you get out.
100% of our candidates who complete the course and find a job, credit this course. See testimonials. No magic. Just systematic hard work. On both sides.
Our candidates routinely get offers above 250k+/yr.
If you are actively looking, and you do well in the course, you’ll land somewhere you like.
Or we’ll own upto it.
*“I strongly recommend this course if you are looking for a job, want to revisit your DS&Algorithms learning or honing your interview skills. One good thingabout this course is its mock interview sessions which are nothing short of real interviews one encounters. Soham and his team discuss some of the finest points of tech interviews which i applied proved helpful.All the best in your job hunting.”
*“This course definitely has put me at more ease with all the practice”
*“It made me so comfortable with interviewing, that I would ask for more questions in interviews”
*“You exposed us to such difficult problems, that many others became easy”
*“I will never look at Amazon’s ‘top selling items’ the same way again”
*“I now exactly know what my strengths are, and where I need more practice”
*“I found my job several weeks sooner than what I’d have found otherwise”
*“Most problems are really not that complicated; I just think they are”
*“I got my a** kicked”
I enrolled in Interview Kickstart in April of 2016. As a software engineer who had been working at a company for about 12 years, I was pretty rusty when it came to technical interviews and I knew I needed a lot of practice and preparation to be successful. I had tried self-study using books like Cracking the Coding Interview, but I wanted something more structured. I came across Interview Kickstart and it was exactly what I needed The course was 8 weeks long (2 sessions a week) and covered all of the topics that a candidate would encounter in a technical interview (trees, recursion, dynamic programming, graphs, etc)...- Neelesh, Google
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... - Ted, Facebook
IK helped me carve my path and set me up for success in my journey of job hunt. I understood that the path ahead is not easy. But at least I knew what the path and goal was. Had I not been in IK, it would have been like walking in the dark without direction. Some lessons were tough. But constant practice and determination helped me. It helped me improve the right skills for the job hunt, and also, helped me get more confident and when talking to other smart people in the industry. I would recommend IK to others. Its worth every penny :-) - Chanda, Amazon
I took the full course last August, and I highly, highly recommend it.I am an experienced software engineer (I was in Microsoft) so I had a pretty clear idea of what was the bar to clear for a technical interview, but I just hadn’t done any practice for years.I always found technical interviews very scary: I think that what triggered my anxiety was that when I was still in school, I did an interview with Google for a summer internship and I was annihilated. I had absolutely no idea on how to even approach that problem (it was a pretty tough dynamic programming problem but at that time I didn’t even know what DP was)... - Davide, Facebook
Before Interview Kickstart, I wasn't prepared to interview or land a good tech job. I was inspired by the fact that Interview Kickstart represented people who had actually been through and succeeded in this process who could help me move forward past my anxiety. Interview Kickstart does not pretend to be a magic button to get a job offer, it helps you set a course towards greater success. It takes hard work and dedication. IK was the best investment I’ve ever made in myself and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to work their way to a great role in tech. I will keep in touch with everyone I met at Interview Kickstart. - Ashwin, Amazon
I was working for a startup and in 2 months, I received the axe. When I got fired I felt so embarrassed and stressed out. I entered IK unemployed. After starting the program, I felt more at ease. Anytime I failed an interview or had some very bad days, I received the right kind of mental support and encouragement. I'm so proud of getting results within a month after my program. This journey is a tough one for sure. I think to succeed in this requires a special way of thinking that not many people can do by just putting in half the effort. I'd recommend this program to people who are willing to give it a 100%. - Divya, Amazon
Before starting IK, I wanted to be part of the elite companies like Google/FB. I was preparing on my own for a while (completed Cracking the Coding Interview and did a large number of questions on GeeksforGeeks). But even after that, I was not confident. The quality of the homework questions and tests are very good. I did as many mock interviews as possible and the feedback was very helpful. IK prepared me for behavioral interviews, resume writing, and negotiating offers. I would highly recommend IK to everyone who is willing to work hard. The best investment of my time and money in my life. - @Google (+offer from FB)
I wasn't looking for a change. I wanted to learn more about the program and get better in improving my problem solving skills. I came to know about IK from my friend. I am passionate about teaching and always wanted to learn and get better in improving my problem solving skills. It was hard as one needs to dedicate 20 to 30 hours every week outside of work. The fact that I didn't give up makes me proud. Anyone wanting to improve their problem solving skills should seriously consider signing up for IK. - Director of Eng, LinkedIn
1. An obsession to work with best technical teams on the planet. Serious folks only.
2. Introductory Data Structures and Algorithms
Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Uber, Netflix and a host of other startups.
We've had offers at practically every top tech company you can think of.
From Entry Level thru Management.
Our candidates routinely get offers above 250k+/yr.
And it pays for itself many times over.
If you do well in the program,
and still don’t land a better job in next 6 months,
then we’ll refund half of the tuition.
From Geoff Colvin, Author: Talent is Overrated
“The factor that seems to explain the most about great performance is something the researchers call deliberate practice. Exactly what that is and isn't turns out to be extremely important. It definitely isn't what most of us do on the job every day, which begins to explain the great mystery of the workplace - why we're surrounded by so many people who have worked hard for decades but have never approached greatness. Deliberate practice is also not what most of us do when we think we're practicing golf or the oboe or any of our other interests. Deliberate practice is hard. It hurts. But it works. More of it equals better performance. Tons of it equals great performance.”
Don't make the mistake of walking ill-prepared into some of the most competitive and highest-paid software engineering jobs in the world.
It takes several hours of methodical, deliberate practice under pressure, especially if you have not been programming competitively in your daily life. Let’s do it together.
I joined Box as an Engineer in 2008, when we were 5 engineers. Grew rapidly with the company and was most recently a Director in Engineering, managing multiple teams full of amazing people. Left after 6 years, to fulfill my entrepreneurial dreams. Box was my career-launching company. (And it is, for many other engineers). I have also worked at Microsoft and eBay.
But that’s not very interesting for this story. What is really interesting, is that along the way, I had the incredible opportunity to help our technical teams grow from 5 to 250 engineers. This meant living and breathing the interviewing machine exploring all its nooks and corners, and ups and downs.
Box was also a company that constantly questioned and improved its interviewing processes. That relentless focus helped us hire great engineers.
I noticed however, that despite all that attention, hiring took an unreasonably long amount of time and much agony. We’d go through hundreds of resumes, countless phone screens and countless onsite interviews for each open position.
That bothered me to no end. If most of our interviews were of reasonably average difficulty, our scoring method was well-structured, and our interviewers well-trained, why would only a few candidates clear our interviews? Yet, in the end, our pass rate was <5%. I was not ready to believe that rest 95% of people were not competent.
I dug into this extensively. I realized that while everyone was hard-working and very smart in their own way, they vastly under-estimated the amount of preparation it would take to clear programming interviews at top companies. They only had a vague idea of what to expect, and did not have enough practice to solve interview problems under time-pressure. Their daily jobs or schools did not prepare them for handling interviews.
I found more evidence of this from the career-coaching I did on the side (pro-bono). Many candidates would even want to change their careers, thinking they were not good at programming, simply because they weren't able to crack interviews.
I knew there had to be a better way to help candidates prepare for interviews. Something more focused than online sites loaded with a thousand random questions and equally random answers. Something more modern and interactive than books. Something more comprehensive, rigorous and deliberate, with immediate feedback, that helps you push yourselves hard. After all, getting into a good company improves the entire trajectory of your life.
Interview Kickstart is my attempt to address that gap in the Valley. I’m focusing on it full-time. Looking forward to helping you nail your next interview.
Over my career I have worked with, Managed and founded large and small, late stage, as well as early stage companies across the US, UK, Asia, Australia and Africa. Most recently I was an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Accel Partners (a premiere Silicon Valley based VC firm).
The theme that I am obsessed with both as part of my professional and personal life has been Human Performance and all that we can achieve. Not believing that there are limits, pushing yourself and challenging yourself to reach ever higher personal and professional goals is the ONLY way to truly be the best that we can be and to make a dent in the world.
My Favourite quote and the rule that I live by is one by Mohammed Ali,
“Impossible is Nothing. It’s just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in a world that they have been given, than to explore the power that they have to change it. Impossible is not a Fact. It’s a an Opinion. Impossible is not a Declaration it’s a Dare. Impossible is Potential, impossible is Temporary. IMPOSSIBLE IS NOTHING!”
Interview Kickstart is my platform to amplify my passion and help enhance Human Performance at scale. A way for me to help you challenge yourself. A way for me to help you aim higher. A way for me to help you Uplevel your career. A way for me to help you believe that “Impossible is Nothing”.