Early Engineering Interview Course
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Nail Your Next Early Engineering Interview

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Designed for software engineers with less than three years of experience, this Early Engineering Interview course for entry-level software engineers is the boost you need to kickstart your career.

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Master key DSA interview concepts
Sharpen your system design interview skills
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Software Engineers who want to specialize in DSA and Problem Solving.

Why choose this course?

Comprehensive Curriculum

Program designed by FAANG+ leads

Covering data structures, algorithms, system design, interview-relevant topics, and career coaching
Rigorous Mock Interviews

Individualized teaching and 1:1 help

Technical coaching, homework assistance, solutions discussion, and individual session
Plenty of 1 x 1 Help

Mock interviews with Silicon Valley engineers

Live interview practice in real-life simulated environments with FAANG and top-tier interviewers
Career Skills Development

Personalized feedback

Constructive, structured, and actionable insights for improved interview performance
Salary Negotiation

Career skills development

Resume building, LinkedIn profile optimization, personal branding, and live behavioral workshops
Salary Negotiation

100% Money-Back Guarantee*

If you do well in our course but still don't land a domain-relevant job within the post-program support period, we'll refund 100% of the tuition you paid for the course.*

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Meet your instructors

Our highly experienced instructors are active hiring managers and employees at FAANG+ companies and know exactly what it takes to ace tech and managerial interviews.
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Omkar Deshpande

Head of Curriculum
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Sanjeev Qazi

Software Engineer
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Nick Camilleri

Head of Career Skills Devp. and Coaching
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A typical week at Interview Kickstart

This is how we make your interview prep structured and organized. Our learners spend 10-12 hours each week on this course.

Thu

Get Foundation content
Get high-quality videos and course material for next week’s topic
Covers introduction to fundamentals, interview-relevant topics on DSA and problem solving
Attend timed test and review session
1-hour timed test covering essential interview questions on the current week's topics
1-hour timed test review session to discuss the test solution and other best practices

Sun

Attend online live sessions
Attend 5-hour sessions that cover topics from Sorting, Recursion, Trees, Graphs, and Dynamic Programming
A FAANG+ instructor will discuss various coding patterns, coding interview questions, and how to approach these questions

Mon-Wed

Solve coding problems & MCQs
Practice concepts taught in live sessions to solve assignment questions
Attempt MCQs from foundation material to brush up on your learnings
Take help from academic support for your queries related to coding problems and MCQs
Live doubt-solving with FAANG+ Software Engineers by booking a technical coaching session

Every day

1:1 access to instructors
Personalized coaching from FAANG+ Engineers
Individualized and detailed attention to your questions
Solution walkthroughs
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Early Engineering Course details and curriculum

Data Structures and Algorithms
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Sorting

  • Introduction to Sorting
  • Basics of Asymptotic Analysis and Worst Case and Average Case Analysis
  • Different Sorting Algorithms and their comparison
  • Algorithm paradigms like Divide and Conquer, Decrease and Conquer, Transform and Conquer
  • Presorting
  • Extensions of Merge Sort, Quick Sort, and Heap Sort
  • Sorting-related common interview coding problems
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Recursion

  • Recursion as a Lazy Manager's Strategy
  • Recursive Mathematical Functions
  • Combinatorial Enumeration
  • Exhaustive Enumeration and General Template
  • Letter Case Permutations, Subsets, Permutations, and Backtracking
  • Recursion-related common interview coding problems
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Trees

  • Dictionaries and Sets, Hash Tables
  • Binary Search Trees, BST Search, Insert, Min, Max, Successor and Predecessor, and Delete
  • Tree Traversals and Constructions
  • BFS Problems
  • DFS Problems
  • Diameter of a Binary Tree and Count Univalue Subtrees
  • Tree Construction
  • Trees-related common interview coding problems
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Graphs

  • Graphs: Overview
  • Problem definition of the 7 Bridges of Konigsberg
  • What is a graph, vertex and properties of vertex, Eulerian cycles and its properties
  • Adjacency Lists, Adjacency Matrices, Adjacency Maps
  • Graphs traversal BFS and DFS, BFS Tree, DFS stack-based implementation
  • Finding connected components of a graph
  • Graphs in interviews
  • Number of Connected Components in Undirected Graph
  • Graph Valid Tree, Is Graph Bipartite, Number of Islands, Snake and Ladders, Course Schedule
  • Graphs-related common interview coding problems
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Dynamic Programming

  • Dynamic Programming Introduction
  • Top-down Memoization
  • Bottom-up Tabulation
  • Climbing n stairs, subsets of size k, unique paths in a grid, path sum, coin change
  • Unique Paths II, Word Break, Partition Equal Subset Sum, Edit Distance
  • DP-related common interview coding problems
Career Coaching
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Interview Strategy and Success

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Behavioral Interview Prep

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Offers and Negotiation

Support Period
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9 mock interviews

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Take classes you missed/retake classes/tests

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1:1 technical/career coaching

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Additional topics covered during the Support Period

  • Linked Lists
  • Stacks and Queues
  • Binary Search
  • Arrays: Sliding Windows, Prefix Sums, Decrease and Conquer, etc. 
  • Strings: KMP, Rabin Karp, etc. 
  • Bit Manipulation
  • Greedy Algorithms
  • Number Problems (coding problems based on Math, Number Theory, etc.)
  • Interval Line Sweep
  • Monotonic Stacks
  • Trie
  • Segment Tree
  • Binary Index Tree
  • Advanced Graphs: Disjoint Set Union (union-find), Kruskal’s Algorithm, Prim’s algorithm, Dijkstra’s algorithm, A* Algorithm, DAG Problems, etc.

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Get upto 9 mock interviews with                      hiring managers

What makes our mock Interviews the best:

Hiring managers from Tier-1 companies like Google & Apple

Interview with the best. No one will prepare you better!

Domain-specific Interviews

Practice for your target domain - Early Engineering

Detailed personalized feedback

Identify and work on your improvement areas

Transparent, non-anonymous interviews

Get the most realistic experience possible

Career impact

Our engineers land high-paying and rewarding offers from the biggest tech companies, including Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Apple, Amazon, Tesla, and Netflix.

Ian Hwang

Software Engineer
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I attended IK and I've got a lot of knowledge that helped me get into Microsoft. Their Curriculum (algorithms and data structures) is organized very well and explanations are so helpful. And mock interviews and the feedback helped me a lot. It was worth it!

Neetika Srivastava

Software Engineer
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I really like how the program is structured and how it caters to different domains. It is really helpful. The patterns that they teach you at Interview Kickstart are really useful because you can apply those patterns to any new problem. Knowing those patterns, you can solve basically any question because you can relate it to problems you have already solved, which gives you confidence.

Chun Wu

Senior Software Engineer
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I joined iK after stumbling across it while reviewing some other interview prep materials after doing poorly in an interview at Linkedin. I knew that doing well in these interviews would require dedication and investment of my time - but with so many resources online I didn't have structure. This is what the IK platform provided me.

Shrey Shrivastava

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The Interview Kickstart course is very structured and informative. They teach you about DS and algo fundamentals very thoroughly and also prepare you for the software engineering interview. I really like the live classes by FAANG engineers, and the homework and tests definitely help you toprepare for a real interview. If you have been looking for a bootcamp that prepares you for software engineering interviews, I would say this is definitely the right place to do it.

Sridhar Gandham

Senior Software Engineer
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My experience at IK was extremely positive. I was preparing for FAANG companies using the standard techniques that you find on the internet. When I started preparing, there was no structure to the madness. For example, a simple quicksort can be implemented in multiple ways. So solving a medium problem would take me about 30 minutes. The biggest benefit that I got from IK was a clear, structured way of solving problems. After IK, I could solve medium problems in 10 minutes!

Ibrahim Demidrogen

Software Engineer
Placed at:
IK is super helpful in cementing a lot of the basics and developing a deeper understanding of the core concepts that are essential to the interview process at any FAANG company. The foundation material is dense, but it is discussed at a swift pace. Omkar's instructional videos are very detailed and break down the essentials into small digestible components. The mock interview sessions are super helpful, especially for those who need additional guidance and help with defining their shortcomings.

Akriti Bhatt

Software Engineer
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Interview Kickstart is a great platform to perfect your basics and get a deep understanding of algorithms. These sessions helped me crack Google and several other companies.
Having struggled for a while to understand what I was doing wrong in interviews and how to behave during an interview, I took the help of 1-1 interview sessions with the mentors and the guidance provided by them helped me understand the problem with my approach.
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How to enroll for the Early Engineering Interview Course?

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Early Engineering Interview Process Outline

The interview process at FAANG+ and other Tier-1 companies for entry-level software engineering interviews vary a bit for each company. However, the general structure is as follows:
  • Initial screening: Includes a telephonic interview and may include an online assessment. These rounds also test your understanding of DSA, problem-solving, and communication skills.
  • On-site: 3-5 on-site rounds, which include 2-3 rounds on DSA/Problem Solving and 1-2 rounds on soft skills (behavioral). 
Our Early Engineering Course will cover all the best practices, skills, and tips you need to know to nail these rounds. 

What to Expect at an Entry-level Software Engineer Interview

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Coding Challenge
In this particular round, the candidate may receive a list of requirements and a skeleton code and would be asked to complete the code and submit it after completing the code in their own environment.
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Phone/ Video Interview
There may generally be 1 to 3 phone/ video interviews, typically on data structures and algorithms.
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On-Site
The questions in the on-site interviews are similar to the phone interview questions. In this final round, you will likely be coding on a whiteboard (a few companies like Snapchat may let you bring your own laptop to code on-site).
  • Behavioral - Typically done over the phone with a recruiter or the hiring manager for the role. In this round, the recruiter wants to figure out if the appearing candidate would be a good fit for the role, both based on experiences as well as the ability to communicate.

Entry-level Software Engineering Interview Questions

Let us look at some interview questions involving data structures (arrays, linked lists, trees, hash tables, queues, strings, etc.) and algorithms (search, sort, etc.). We will also look at some behavioral interview questions below.
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Entry-level Software Engineering Data Structures Coding Interview Questions
Find the minimum (or maximum) element of an array.
Remove duplicates from the sorted array.
Given a sorted array, return the index of a given value or -1 if the element cannot be found.
Merge two sorted lists.
Delete the node in a linked list.
Insert a node into a sorted doubly linked list.
Convert sorted array to binary search tree.
Merge two binary trees.
Given the root of a binary tree, invert the tree, and return its root.
Count the number of subarrays having a given XOR.
Implementing our Own Hash Table with Separate Chaining in Java.
Find whether an array is a subset of another array.
Implement stack using queues.
Remove all adjacent duplicates in the string.
Evaluate the value of an arithmetic expression in Reverse Polish Notation.
Compute the running median of a sequence of numbers. That is, given a stream of numbers, print out the median of the list so far after each new element.
Given an integer array nums and an integer k, return the kth largest element in the array.
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Entry-level Software Engineering Algorithms Coding Interview Questions
Given an undirected graph, determine if it contains a cycle.
Given a reference of a node in a connected undirected graph, return a deep copy (clone) of the graph.
How many numbers are smaller than the current number.
Given an array of integers nums, sort the array in ascending order.
Given the head of a linked list, return the list after sorting it in ascending order.
Get maximum in the generated array.
Longest increasing subsequence.
Given n, calculate the Fibonacci sequence.
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Entry-level Software Engineering Interview Questions on Behavioral Skills
Tell me about yourself.
Why software engineering?
Tell me about a time you made a mistake.
Tell me about your project, x, and what you contributed.
Tell us about a time when you received criticism about your work and how you handled it. 
If you have to deliver negative feedback to members of your development team, how would you do it?
Tell me about your favorite development project to date and what it was like from start to finish.
What is your experience with GoTo, and do you prefer structured programming?

Entry-level Software Engineer Career

So you’ve decided to be a Software Engineer. It’s important to know what’s expected of the role and what skills you need to have to excel in it. We’ll also discuss salary and levels to clear any nagging doubts you may have in those areas.
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Entry-level Software Engineer Job Requirements: Roles and Responsibilities
An early engineer can be referred to as an entry-level engineering professional who reports to and learns from a Senior Engineer. These engineers are responsible for the execution of original/ maintenance works and maintenance of material accounts and public assets with which they are concerned. 
An early engineer can also be termed as a Junior Engineer who essentially carrier out the following roles and responsibilities:
Identifying problems and discovering solutions
Working on ongoing projects based on specifications
Collaborating with teams of other engineers
Staying up to date with international engineering trends
Identifying and addressing problems
Supervising production
Making improvements to existing products and software etc.
Implementing solutions and designs
Skills that’ll help you as a Software Engineer:
Excellent verbal and written communication ability
Ability to comprehend and follow directions
DSA Skills 
Coding Fluency
Problem Solving 
Don’t forget to thoroughly read the Technical Program Manager job description for the specific role you’re applying for. The Technical Program Manager job description differs depending on the position, level, and the company.
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Required qualifications to become a Software Engineer:
Basic qualifications:
B.S. in Computer Science (CS), Information Technology (IT), Information Systems (IS), Electrical Engineering (EE), Computer Engineering (CE), Informatics, or Software Engineering (SE)
Knowledge of basic computer science concepts, programming, and Information Systems
Interest and willingness to travel and relocate
Preferred qualifications:
0-2 + years of professional experience
Strong problem-solving and troubleshooting skills
Solid coding practices
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Career Roadmap for a Junior Software Engineer
The typical career progression for a junior engineering role looks like the following:
Junior Engineer -> Engineer/ Senior Engineer -> Technical Design Architect/ Senior Engineering Partner -> Senior Architect/ Enterprise Architect 
For more information on career paths, check our article on Best IT Career Paths for Software Professionals.

Entry-level Software Engineer Salary and Levels at FAANG

The average Entry-level Engineer salary in the US is $67,503, but the salary range typically falls between $47,493 and $78,676. Salary ranges can vary widely depending on many important factors, including education, certifications, additional skills, and professional experience.
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Meta Entry-level Engineer Salary
The average Meta Entry-level Engineer earns $184,000 annually, which includes a base salary of $122,000 with a $21,000 bonus.
Entry-level Engineer at Meta
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Stock (/yr)
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US$184K
US$122K
US$42K
US$21K
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Amazon Entry-level Engineer Salary
The average Amazon Entry-level Engineer earns $166,000 annually, which includes a base salary of $126,000 with a $20,000 bonus.
Entry-level Engineer at Amazon
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Total
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Stock (/yr)
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US$166K
US$126K
US$22K
US$20K
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Apple Entry-level Engineer Salary
The average Apple Entry-level Engineer earns $163,000 annually, which includes a base salary of $125,000 with a $16,000 bonus.
Entry-level Engineer at Apple
Average compensation by level
Level name
Total
Base
Stock (/yr)
Bonus
ICT2
US$163K
US$125K
US$26K
US$16K
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Netflix Entry-level Engineer Salary
The average Netflix Entry-level Engineer earns an estimated $226,000 annually, which includes an estimated base salary of $206,000 with a $20,000 bonus.
Entry-level Engineer at Netflix
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Level name
Total
Base
Stock (/yr)
Bonus
New Grad SW. Engineer
US$226K
US$206K
US$19K
US$20K
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Google Entry-level Engineer Salary
The average Google Entry-level Engineer earns $191,000 annually, which includes a base salary of $131,000 with a $21,000 bonus.
Entry-level Engineer at Google
Average compensation by level
Level name
Total
Base
Stock (/yr)
Bonus
L3
US$184K
US$122K
US$39K
US$21K

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How to enroll for the Early Engineering Interview Course?

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