It increases your odds of getting multiple offers, which makes it way easier to ask for another 10, 20, 30+ thousand dollars on your salary when it comes time to negotiate those offers.
At this point it’s important that I share my story.
But don’t get me wrong.
I never really wanted to reveal my personal story to the public, and I’m a bit spotlight shy.
But I believe that sharing all my experience gained through years of blood, sweat and tears…
This is so important, that I realized I must overcome my shyness and help others discover the x they have within them.
Sign up for a free account on Hired.com. They’re a bit selective about who they work with, but if you get in they take great care of you.
Hired.com offers free self-served mock interviews in computer science. You will receive tons of interview requests as well. Accept them all, practice, and ask for feedback and you may fall in love with one of those companies!
Not only does this give you more practice (you’ll feel yourself getting better with each interview), but also:
Remember: you don’t wanna go into your first few interviews totally cold. So if you’re serious about getting a new job, don’t put all your eggs in one basket. You should be trying to interview with as many companies as you can.
Get a free account on Pramp. A community-driven mock interview platform. Based on the criteria you define, Pramp pairs you with another student, and you interview each other’s turn.
Pramp has a built-in video and audio conferencing system so you don’t have to exchange your Skype account or anything.
There is no guarantee who your interviewer/peer will be. What his/her level of experience is. This is why I recommend first Hired.com over Pramp.
Back in 2017, I was fortunate to meet amazing people on Pramp. Including someone else who was also interviewing for Amazon, Axel. We would meet every week to discuss our progress and interview each other. Like accountability partners. We both nailed our interviews and compared our offers. It helped me negotiating my final package.
Schedule a free Triplebyte interview. It’s a low-stress chat with an engineer over Google Hangouts, and they’ll tell you your strengths and weaknesses so you know exactly what to study next. And if it goes well: Apple, Dropbox, Mixpanel, Instacart, and hundreds of other companies let you skip straight to their final interview if Triplebyte recommends you.
Let me tell you a little secret… most interviewers reuse the same questions over and over again. Check-out Glassdoor before interviewing with a company.
Most big companies have referral programs that give a bonus to an employee if the candidate they referred is hired. Amazon has 2 different referral programs: one for friends and family (people you really really know personally) and another program for network acquaintance (people you barely know).
Go on LinkedIn, find an experienced engineer (> 2 years) who is working for the company you want to apply to. Ask him/her to have a chat, some coaching, and a networking referral. In exchange, he will get some money if you are hired.
To go further, ask your referrer to split that bonus equally with you.