The Four Principles of Nailing a Tech Interview

By: Jacob Hawken

1 — “You need to learn all of that stuff so you can forget it.”

“The idea is that you just practice that stuff again and again and again and again and make it as internalized as possible, so that when you get on the stage, you’re not ruining your own vibe by thinking about it. But again, it’s a process. You’re gonna ruin your vibe from time to time.”

2 — Have a good time, darn you!

  1. We start saying variations of “um” a lot.
  2. We stare at the problem in silence.
  3. We say, “I don’t know.”

3 — Never be flustered. Always be interested.

4 — Confidence is a choice.



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