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Frequently Asked Questions

How is your coaching different than me learning on my own?

It's like going to a school or university. It gives you:

  • Practice sessions under interview-like pressure.
  • The chance to learn from the very same people who live and breathe the interview machine. We have over 50 instructors, interviewers, technical coaches, and career coaches from Google, Facebook, Amazon, and a whole bunch of other FAANG and top Silicon Valley companies.
  • Multiple personalized feedback loops every week during our Masterclass program.
  • The ability to connect and learn from each other in a group. As we are the oldest and the most successful platform for interview prep, we have the largest network of candidates across all top companies.
  • The opportunity to focus on preparing for a topic, rather than attempting to choose from the myriad resources online.
  • More time to prepare by being more methodical.
  • We are a proven method of helping experienced engineers get really intimate with the basic core fundamentals of their profession.

Which position/role are the programs helpful for?

The programs, at this point, are built for Developer and Engineering Manager roles. Specifically, roles focused on designing, coding, and testing software and managing the teams that do this. These roles span across multiple domains and go by different titles, e.g., Fullstack Engineer, Backend Engineer, Server Engineer, Software Engineer, Data Engineer, Platform Engineer, API Developer, Automation Engineer, Android Developer, Engineering Manager, and more. 

What are the goals of your programs?

In no particular order

  • To shift your mind and put it into interview mode.  
  • To present a broad overview of the most frequently used topics in software engineering that are also popular interview topics.
  • To make you confident of cracking difficult software engineering interviews.
  • To leave you with a sense of having learned something useful in your daily life as a software engineer.
  • To leave you a better engineer than when you came in.
What are NOT the goals of your programs?

Our programs are:

  • NOT a get-rich-quick scheme. They are a pursuit of something worthwhile for your career, life and family.
  • NOT a list of interview questions. They are pursuits to understand concepts deeply.
  • NOT introductory programming classes. We expect you to know at least one programming language well before beginning any of our programs.
What is the duration of the programs?

Our flagship program, the Masterclass, is an 8-month long program that has 2 months of intensive live classes and a 6 month period of support where you can repeat all your classes and take advantage of the technical and behavioral coaching sessions along with 15 mock interviews. However, we have multiple offerings with varied timelines. You should be able to find a program that suits your needs.

How much time do I need to dedicate to the programs?

The programs are rigorous. We do expect a level of commitment from your end to allow you to fully leverage all the benefits we have to offer. Our successful alumni have typically dedicated a few hours a day, daily, to work through the prep material, videos, lectures, and tests.

That being said, we understand that your schedule might not allow you to dedicate the time daily. Hence, for all programs, we will offer you study materials and 1x1 technical and career coaching sessions during our long support period.

Where are the classes held?

All our classes are conducted live, online. Classes are scheduled to primarily serve working professionals, and hence we have different cohorts that run on weekdays and weekends to accommodate everyone.

How much does Interview Kickstart cost?

We have multiple programs on offer at different price points. The easiest way to find out about them would be to register for our free webinar where we discuss the various programs and their pricing.

How do I enroll?

Simple—just attend our free webinar, and a Program Advisor would reach out to you to get you enrolled.

Is attending the pre-enrollment webinar mandatory?

Yes! The programs we offer are elaborate with a lot of activities. We want to make sure you hear about them from the horse's mouth, clearly and completely, in the pre-enrollment webinar. The webinar is an interactive online session where you can meet one of our founders and directly ask questions (if any) so that there are no surprises later. The broad agenda is.

  • Who we are
  • How do our programs work
  • How to get the most out of the program
  • What are the costs
  • How to enroll
  • Q & A

Do you guarantee interviews if I enroll in one of your programs?

We do help you a lot to get interviews, but as you may understand, we are in no position to give guarantees. We are not a recruiting agency, but a coaching institute. i.e. We are not solving the problem of getting interviews. We are solving the problem of clearing challenging technical interviews if/when you have them.

We help you by referring your technical work in our programs to our connections and alumni base. We also help with your Communication skills, Resume, LinkedIn Profile, and help solidify your positioning through our career coaching sessions. Our alumni have leveraged this and have very often landed interviews with the companies they desire.

Is any prior preparation required before I enroll for the program?

Yes, only if you have time and you want to. It is not mandatory. If you want to prep between the time you enroll and start your cohort, then ask us; we will send you a crisp list of pre-work material.

What programming languages do I need to know before I enroll for the program?

You should know AT LEAST ONE programming language of your choice. Typically, it would be your primary language used in your domain expertise. Our program is language-agnostic for the most part.

‍What's the magic?

There is no magic to cracking tech interviews. It is a skill that can be learned and developed with practice. However, having the right people as instructors and mentors, having access to the right curriculum, and working hard often yields results that can be mistaken to be magic.