Author Archives: Parker Phinney

About Parker Phinney

Parker Phinney founded Interview Cake, a coding interview practice website. He runs workshops on coding interviews for students in GA’s Web Development Immersive in San Francisco.

4 Common Coding Interview Mistakes (And How To Avoid Them!)

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Interviewing for a software engineering position isn’t like interviewing for most other jobs. Companies usually ask you to write code at a whiteboard, on the spot, while your interviewer watches. It’s hard. Even excellent engineers often struggle to perform.

But you can learn how to beat the coding interview. How? Well, you could spend hours and hours practicing, making lots of mistakes, and slowly learning strategies for fixing those mistakes . . . or someone could just tell you the mistakes you’re going to make and how to fix them.

Let’s do that. Here are the four most common coding interview mistakes, and how to fix them.

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