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September 6, 2023
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Vartika Rai
Vartika Rai
Product Manager at Interview Kickstart. With exceptional experience with tech giants like Microsoft, she is a curious lady for the vast scope of NLP, Big data analytics, ML and data science.

Here's what we’ll take you through:

  1. When was the last time you considered a career leap?
  2. The Price of Your Comfort Zone
  3. Stay Current, Stay Relevant
  4. The Need for a Structured Methodology
  5. Why Interview Kickstart?

When was the last time you considered a career leap?

Life is too short to be stuck at a job you hate. But that doesn’t mean you have to stay at a company just because you are comfortable there. Many engineers make this grave error of judgement in their career journey—they hesitate to jump jobs because they are afraid to break out of their comfort zone. What they don’t realize is that their future self is losing money with each interview they dodge.

Think about it! Uplevelling to a Tier 1 company could fetch you offers that will pay you at least $50,000 more each year—which means you will be giving up nearly $5,000 every month as you delay moving up the ladder. Sadly, even the smartest of engineers miss this catch sometimes.

The Price Of Your Comfort Zone

The longer you postpone a technical interview, the harder it gets to crack it. Sounds unfair? But it’s true.

Most of the software engineers who are in the $300K+ annual salary bracket are mindful of their short shelf lives and focus on “making money and getting out fast”. The fast-paced nature of the technology they work with requires them to be on top of their game constantly and leaves no room for “settling down” at a job.

This is exactly what you should be doing too! The moment you get comfortable, you are robbing yourself of opportunities, a cushioned paycheck and a chance for early retirement.

Stay Current, Stay Relevant

Think of yourself as a software; keep learning, keep rebooting, keep upgrading.

  • Work on building your credibility. Contribute to opensource projects, take up freelancing projects, participate in hackathons—essentially, do everything within your power to gain exposure and build your network.
  • Get popular in the software community. Countless engineers and architects are hand-picked by Tier 1 companies for their contributions—work towards garnering legitimate attention.
  • Never miss an opportunity to learn something new. The world of technology changes at lightning speed; don't get left behind.
  • Don’t be afraid of getting judged—if you’re doing something interesting at work, then don’t keep it under wraps. Step out, go to meetups, present your work, grow your boundaries!

The Need For A Structured Methodology

There is no harm in giving yourself that extra push to excel at what you do. In fact, most of the coveted companies expect you to prepare well before facing an interview. Some of them even send you the material beforehand so you know what’s in store for you—that’s how pivotal interview prep is. So, why not give interview bootcamps a try?

No matter what your skills are, technical interviewing is a skill that you can acquire. Mind you, you can’t hack the interview process—they are designed to test your core fundamentals over multiple rounds, and you will be judged on both technical and behavioral aspects. While there’s no denying that you can prepare for an interview on your own, a bootcamp or a prep school can help you reach your goal faster, that too in a systematic manner.

Why Interview Kickstart?

Interview Kickstart is a school that will help you become fundamentally a better engineer. You can choose to improve specific skill sets like coding, algorithms, data structures or large-scale system design with extensive bootcamps or entirely "reprogram" yourself with the complete 2-month-long course. A methodology designed for success, Interview Kickstart has trained over 2500+ engineers under the guidance of actual Hiring Managers and Tech leads from top companies in Silicon Valley.

With the help of a comprehensive curriculum, rigorous mock interviews, one-on-one classes, honest feedback, and tailored profile building, Interview Kickstart helps engineers land their dream jobs and much more.

So, what are you waiting for? It’s time to make a move! Sign up, show up and nail your next technical interview.

Posted on 
February 27, 2020

Vartika Rai

Product Manager at Interview Kickstart | Ex-Microsoft | IIIT Hyderabad | ML/Data Science Enthusiast. Working with industry experts to help working professionals successfully prepare and ace interviews at FAANG+ and top tech companies

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