Win The Interview Game
A 3-hour interview will decide the next 1-3 years of your life.
How you behave during these 3 hours – what you say and how you negotiate your offer – will decide not only how much you will earn but also what your life will be like in the next couple of years.
The funny thing? These 3 hours are really just a game.
Yes, a software engineer interview and the whole preparation process are a game. And if you don't know how to play it, your chances of winning the game are pretty low.
So how can you learn how to play the game?
Most books about software engineer interviews tell you that you need to know the rules and...obviously teach you these rules. But knowing the rule doesn't guarantee that you will win. Knowing the rules doesn't guarantee that you won't do something "wrong." It only guarantees that you will play better than someone else who might not know them. But knowing how to play better is not equal to knowing how to win.
So what guarantees a win?
The winning strategy.
When you know when, where, and what to do in order to win. When you need to find the hidden doorway that gets you through to the 2nd level or when you need a special weapon to defeat the last boss. That's what guarantees victory. To win the game you need a winning strategy, in other words, you need a system which will take you from the first level to the castle with the princess and help you defeat everyone on your way. A system that gives you the WIN.
A step-by-step system that produces repeatable results
A system that doesn't rely on chance
A system that ensures you do nothing "wrong”
A system that helps you to ace a software engineer job interview and land you a dream job.
Every clever person knows the importance of systems with predictable results. And you probably already understand that we're going to talk about this kind system, am I right?
First, I want to introduce myself and tell you about the journey I went on through to create this system.
Hi, I'm Nick Bull.
Senior Software Engineer with 6+ years' work experience in the tech field. Over the years, I've worked for many companies, from a YCombinator startup to a large corporation working on products for Big 4 Wireless Carriers giants like AT&T.
Over the years, I have also seen the good, the bad, and the ugly side of interviews. They've helped me to learn how to play the "interview game" and create the winning strategy - the system that produces repeatable results.
Yet when I started my coding career 6 years ago, I didn't know a thing about interviews and totally sucked at playing the "interview game."
My first job application looked like this:
1. I found a resume template on Google.
2. I filled it with my information.
3. I sent it to 3 companies which I found on local job board websites.
And I then I waited...
No responses after one day.
"It's ok, it's just one day," I told myself.
No responses after seven days.
"Maybe they didn't get my email? Let's send it again."
No responses after two weeks.
“Hmm, that’s strange...”
Except, it wasn’t strange.
I know they read my emails. But what they did was read my email and then move it to the trash bin.
Want to know why?
My email subject was "trash."
My email message was "trash."
The resume that I sent to every company was the same, and it was also "trash."
But six years ago, I didn't understand that nor a lot of other things about the "interview game." I didn't have system.
But as time went on, I began to learn. Sure, I was still making mistakes but, more importantly, I was gaining experience. During these 6 years I applied for more than 110 jobs, failed 25+ job interviews, received more than 17 job offers, and interviewed 100+ developers.
Today, after all the trying, preparing, talking, and interviewing, I finally understand how to nail the interview process. From sending a cover letter with my resume attached to passing an interview and negotiating an offer. This knowledge helped me stop feeling nervous during an interview and understanding how to "sell myself" to companies so that they send me high-value offers.
In this book, I've summarized everything I've learned, all my tricks, tips, "cheat codes" I use, recent research in the field of recruitment, other developers' experience and hiring managers' advice I have collected. Combined, this has helped me develop a proven repeatable system any developer can use to pass a Software Engineer interview and land a fantastic job.
In this book, I’ll show you how to play the "interview game."
And most importantly, I’ll show you how to win at the "interview game."
1. You want to get a job as a software engineer and are struggling to prepare and ace job interviews.
2. You want to switch jobs and earn more.
3. You have no work experience and don't know how to even be invited for an interview, what to expect, and how to be hired.
4. You send your CV or Resume to companies and never hear back from them.
5. You want to know how to entice recruiters to invite you for an interview after seeing your LinkedIn profile and how to stop them from ghosting you.
6. You are working or want to work as a Frontend, Backend, Full-Stack, or Web Developer.
This book isn't exactly designed for technical interview preparation. It does not teach you how to solve coding problems. Those things are obviously prerequisites for getting a job as a developer, and if you are looking for exactly this kind of help, here is where you can find it: Leetcode (platform to prepare for the technical interview) and Codewars (coding challenges)
If you’d like to know more about my book’s content, take a look at the Table of Contents.
Let's highlight some of the interesting parts of the book that you will discover:
A proven system on preparing for each step of the job interview from A to Z, successfully acing them and getting a dream software engineer job.
How to get a job as a developer without having a degree and work experience.
What exact 4 things every company looks for in every candidates for software engineer position.
The exact steps for creating a resume that makes you stand out from the crowd and gets you an invitation to interview.
How to effectively prepare for behavioral, problem solving, and technical interviews.
My Deep Preparation System to productively prepare for a technical interview in a short period of time (no, you don’t need to prepare for months)
Step-by-step framework to negotiating an offer and getting the best deal possible (if you don't know how to negotiate, you could miss 20%-150% of the maximum salary you can get)
Exact steps on how to write a cover letter and maximize your chances of getting noticed and invited to an interview in a "FAANG tier" company.
How to create LinkedIn profile every recruiter want you to have (87% of recruiters use LinkedIn to check candidates)
How to stop feeling nervous during the job interview and look like a confident and high value candidate.
And much, much more.
In the book you'll find a lot of interesting things, but here's more:
BONUS #1: The most optimized Resume template that ensured me 25+ interview invitations.
BONUS #2: The system on how to negotiate a job offer to get the best deal possible.
150+ pages proven repeatable system on how to prepare for each step of a job interview, pass it successfully, get an offer, and land a job.
Most optimized Resume template for every job application.
Personal resources for technical interview preparation (included in the book)
Personal list of 30+ resources where you can find a job (included in the book)
The system of how to negotiate a job offer to get the best deal.
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Question: What is the Win “The Interview” Game Book?
150+ pages of proven repeatable system protocols on how to prepare for each step of a job interview, pass it successfully, get an offer, and land a job. A system that any developer can use to go from being unemployed and fearing job interviews to getting multiple job offers and a crystal-clear understanding of how to pass any job interview with complete confidence.
Question: What if it doesn’t work for me?
I offer a 30-days 100% money-back guarantee. But it’s not even correct to say “if the book doesn’t work” because this is not a book. This is a system.
Win “The Interview” Game is not a non-fictional book with the story of how one developer passed a job interview or a motivational speech filled with 150+ pages of "You can do it! You can ace the technical interview!" No, it is a proven repeatable system to prepare and successfully pass software engineer job interviews.
Question: For what kind of jobs is the Win The Interview Book for?
The book is perfect if you are working or want to work as a Frontend, Backend, Full-Stack, or Web Developer.