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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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How to Land Your Dream Job at a Tech Startup

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This July, General Assembly’s Atlanta campus hosted a panel discussion called How to land a job at a startup. Three in-house recruiter panelists were there from three Atlanta high-tech startups: Ionic Security, InfusionSoft, and Pindrop Security. All the companies have raised several rounds of VC financing, and all are actively hiring tech and marketing talent.

They discussed providing an outlet for the Atlanta tech startup community about how to land a job at a fast-growing, VC-funded tech startup. The lessons we learned from this panel discussion can be broken up into three categories.

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How to Get a Job In Data: A Livestream with Fast Company

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We teamed up with Fast Company to host two of the leading minds in data, Claudia Perlich from Dstillery and Marc Maleh from R/GA, at our campus in New York City. Sarah Lawson, an assistant editor at Fast Company, moderated the discussion as they chatted about their everyday work with data, their favorite parts of the industry, and what it’s really like to work in data.

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4 Ways to Prepare for Negotiating Your First Offer As a Developer

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Many of our graduates from the Web Development Immersive program take our course to find work in the tech field as junior developers. As I support them with negotiating their first offers for those roles, there are certain steps that I cover with them, as a Career Coach, to make sure they set themselves up for success. Half of the negotiation process is the prep work you put in prior to negotiation. If you, too, are  interviewing for your first role as a developer, here are 3 steps you can take to position yourself for a well-negotiated offer.

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How To Win Your First Product Management Job

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Nice work. You just scored an interview for a product manager position—one of the hottest and highest-paying roles right now according to Glassdoor. Companies know that product managers play a key role in their success or failure. And they are making sure that hiring the best is a top priority.

You probably have no idea what to expect from this first interview—especially if you are trying to transition into the field from engineering or marketing. How can you pivot into this new role? What qualities are they looking for, and how should you present yourself?

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How To Attract More Employers With Personal Branding

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The marketplace is becoming increasingly competitive. As a professional, sometimes being the best at what you do isn’t enough. You need to prove that your skills, personality, and work ethic are aligned with the company culture. That is where a powerful personal brand comes in. Your brand helps distinguish you from the masses.It positions you as a unique individual with a personality prospects resonate with.

This may sound like the logical thing to do, but how do you get started? In the article below, I have outlined three places you can start building upon to create a compelling personal brand.

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3 Habits of Highly Desirable Candidates

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Congratulations! You landed an interview at a great company, but do you have the skills you need to stand out? Typically the interview process includes several rounds of meetings and a variety of challenging questions. Initially, you might have an interview with HR or the direct manager of the position, but more often than not, you’ll meet with several people, even the leadership team, to help determine if you’re the right fit for the role.

Here are three very important skills you must master and communicate before sitting down for your next interview:

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The Best Places to Look For a New Job

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Whether you’re switching careers or starting a new one, the job hunt can be rigorous. Figuring out how to prove that you’re the perfect fit is a lot easier if you’re looking for new career opportunities in the right places.

To get started, figure out what it is that you truly want to be doing and then narrow your search. The more honed in you are on you skills, expertise and passion, the more likely you’ll find something that you really want to be doing. Don’t just apply for anything and everything to get hired somewhere. If you go that route, you might end up back at the beginning before you know it.

Some of the best places to look for jobs might be a little easier that you thought. Consider these three online tools when you’re ready to start your search.

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5 Tips to Nail Your Startup Interview

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So you landed an interview with your dream startup. Not only have visions of this position been dancing in your head for weeks—nay, months! —but this company is actually interested. Nervous? Don’t be. Just be prepared.

Interviewing at a startup may not be as formal as donning your best suit for the Big Scary Law Firm, but this encounter won’t be like a relaxing chat with your best friend either. Before you walk through those unconventional doors into a loft, apartment, or co-working space, check out these tips to stay grounded, sound sharp, and put your best, most authentic foot forward.

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5 Ways to Follow Up After a Job Interview

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Landed an interview at a company? Congrats! Dedicated time to research the role and prepare questions to ask your interviewer? Smart! Assuming they will let you know what happens next? Nope.

Following up after your meeting matters almost as much as the interview itself, and yet many people opt to do nothing for fear of making the wrong move.

But doing nothing is the wrong move because it increases your chances of being forgotten. With the right tactics, you will stay top of mind, and impress the hiring manager.

These five tips will help you follow up tactfully and effectively after your next interview:

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