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I’ve worked with interviewers and interviewees in the tech industry. Here are some of the components that interviewers use to grade the coding interview.

Man sitting at dining table in dining room on a laptop. Very cute dog laying next to him on the ground.
Man sitting at dining table in dining room on a laptop. Very cute dog laying next to him on the ground.

What is a “General Coding Interview”?

Most tech companies and plenty of non-tech companies use a general coding interview somewhere in their hiring process for engineers. This often looks like a meeting focused on you solving one or two algorithmic problem-solving questions (a la LeetCode) in a timed environment with an engineer as your interviewer.

A general coding interview isn’t a system design interview, it isn’t a data science interview, and it isn’t a frontend, mobile, or any other specialized engineering interview…

This year, where things have (for the most part) been exciting in all the wrong ways, I have an ACTUALLY exciting opportunity to be involved with Campus Hiring at my company! This means I get to be involved with hiring hundreds of new grads and interns to join our company in 2020 and 2021 in a quick several-month window. And, for the first time, we are doing this hiring 100% remotely; fingers-cross that we’ll be able to work in person come next summer. 🤞🏽

I’m getting ahead of myself; let’s back up and talk about what Campus Hiring is and…

Here’s the difference:

A couple of days ago I got a notification from my application tracking system (ATS) at work. A candidate I previously interviewed had a new interview scorecard in; this was one of my favorite candidates. He was a Black mobile engineer, a new grad, and a candidate with a crazy amount of potential. He was passionate about what he does, eager to learn, and loved our company and mission. He would add something special to our culture.

Hiring should be all about bringing on people that add to your company’s culture, not those that just fit into the one that’s…

Today, I had a one on one meeting with the Head of Diversity and Inclusion for my company. She is part of the leadership team of a tech company with hundreds of millions of monthly active users across the world. She works with a global team spanning from China to Brazil and back up to Mountain View, CA on diversity, a new initiative for a new company. To make a long story short, she is a busy lady.

Our meeting today was going to be about a few things, all D&I-related. I’ve been at the company less than 90 days…

Vanessa Campos

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