Preparing for Coding Bootcamps
ℹ Before my interviews with all the coding bootcamps I applied to, I did some digging and really went out of my way to try and find out what would make me a better candidate in the entire process.
📅️ Sunday - January 5, 2014
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How are students selected?
There are 2 main ideas behind selection.
- They judge you on how you think, not what you know
- How willing are you to learn?
- What is your potential to succeed?
- Can you demonstrate the aptitude to pick up simple concepts?
- Their ability to teach you is very important
- You should not be afraid to ask questions (be honest about your weaknesses).
- \^ No such thing as stupid questions.
- Have a positive attitude under pressure.
- Synonyms that come up to describe the ideal student
- You don’t have to be expert coder, but a good learner.
2. You are a good fit for the program.
- Culture fit is vital in the interview process
- They want to make sure everyone gets along (so show your best self).
- You’re fun to hang out
- You do not ring any alarm bells (ergo, not an asshole).
- There are ~30 applicants for each student, but it is important to note that qualified applicants typically underestimate themselves and reputation
- Your formal education and previous job success does not matter, only your ability to code
How do I prepare?
The Gist Of It
You will go through a pair programming interview process that (usually) pushes you beyond your comfort zone (in terms of programming, hehe).
- coderbyte - the easy challenges
- Code School - the
Going All Out
Topics that are generally NOT covered in the interview
- regular expressions
Topics that CAN be covered in the interview
- callbacks (passing functions as arguments to other functions)
- how anonymous functions and functions are stored in variables as callback arguments
- iteration through collections
- variable declarations, function signatures, if loops, conditionals
- built in array and string functions
- underscore JS functions
- RECURSION (yes, seriously, inception)
Prep Resources Offered by Bootcamps
- App Academy Prep Work
- Flatiron Prework
- Fullstack Academy Interview Preparation Guide
- General Assembly Dash
- Hackreactor How to Prepare for the Admissions Challenge
- Launch Academy Codecabulary
- MakerSquare | Learn
- Viking Code School Prep
Really Getting Down to The Nitty Gritty
- What arguments are provided to each function, and what are their types?
- What gets returned out of a function, if anything?
- How and when do you use anonymous functions?
- What does it mean to be a higher-order function, and how are they composed?
- Create an array of numbers, save it to a variable
- Use a loop to iterate through each element of the array
- Write a separate “doubling” function that returns any number it is given multiplied by two
- Pass each number from the array to the “doubling” function in turn
- Save the original numbers and the doubled results as key-value pairs in an object
Recently, SwitchUp released their 2014 list of the top coding bootcamps. I’d check that out too.
For finding them, refer to this post where I look over the best websites for that purpose and also the post where I elaborate on each.
I also have shared my interview experience with bootcamps such as