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 money companies will throw at you to snatch you up 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 that 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 of system, am I right?
First, I want to introduce myself and tell you about the journey I went on through to create this system.
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 understand the importance of a system. And I didn't have a system.
But as time went on, I began to learn. After a couple of interviews, I noticed similar patterns in the interview process: same structured questions, processes, and interviewers’ behavior. So I decided to create a simple Word file and write them down to better and faster prepare for the next interview. I named this file "The System.”
During 6 years, I edited and improved the system after each interview (and I had to do it very often). During these years, I applied for more than 110 software engineer positions myself, received 17+ job offers, failed more than 25 job interviews, and interviewed 100+ developers.
All this helped me to gain priceless knowledge of the interview process which I've analyzed, squeezed to the point, and compiled into the system dedicated to nail the interview process. From sending a cover letter with the resume to passing an interview and negotiating an offer.
This book was initially designed to be a professionally edited original system. But I went beyond that. In addition to all of the above, I've added all my tricks and "interview cheat codes", recent research in the field of recruitment that reveals new insights on the interview process, job interview tips from top-notch developers, and rarely heard hiring managers' pieces of advice I have collected. Combined, this has helped me develop a proven, repeatable system any developer can use to pass a software engineer job interview and land a high-paying 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. People who have no or little experience and want to get your first programming job.
2. People who have graduated from a coding bootcamp or college and now want to prepare and ace your future interviews.
3. People who are a self-taught developer without a degree in computer science and want to get a software engineer job.
4. People who are afraid of failing your job interview, lack confidence and are nervous about it.
5. People who have a hard time passing software engineer job interviews and you want to start acing them with ease.
6. People who are sending job applications without success and not hearing anything from employers.
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 software engineer job interview from A to Z, successfully acing them and getting high-paying offers.
Unusual ways to get a job interview without a degree or work experience you probably won't find anywhere else.
What 4 things every company looks for in every candidate for a 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.
In-depth preparation for behavioral, problem solving, and technical interviews using the step-by-step system and actionable advice without the fluff.
My system to productively prepare for a technical interview in a short period of time (no, you don’t need to prepare for months)
8 steps framework to negotiate an offer and get the best deal possible (you could easily be leaving $10K, $40K, $90K+ on the table if you don't know how to negotiate)
The exact method on how to write creative cover letters to maximize your chances of getting noticed by recruiters and be invited to an interview.
How to create a LinkedIn profile every recruiter wants you to have (87% of recruiters use LinkedIn to check candidates before inviting them to an interview, according to statistics)
5 proven ways to stop feeling nervous during the job interview and look like a confident and high-value candidate.
LinkedIn cold message scripts that will convince recruiters invites you to a job interview.
And much more…
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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 software engineer 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: For what kind of jobs is the Win The Interview Book for?
The book is perfect if you want to work as a Frontend, Backend, Full-Stack, or Web Developer.
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