Top Tips for Cracking the coding Interviews

Think Software
4 min readJul 20, 2022

If you are preparing for software developer job interviews, there are three different types of interviews that happen in an interview loop.

  1. Coding Interviews
  2. System Design Interviews
  3. Behavioral Interview

We have discussed several times in the past how to ace your system design interviews. We even have a great Youtube playlist as follows in which we have not only discussed system design of several services but have discussed different tips to follow during the interview to ace your system design interview.

In this article, we are going to discuss several tips to ace your coding interview.

First thing is that you need to understand what are the different things that an interviewer is evaluating a candidate for in a coding interview. The very first thing that an interviewer is trying to evaluate a candidate for is requirements collection. Sometimes the interviewer gave you a very vague problem and then check how the customer can clarify the requirements. Other times, the interviewer provides a clearly define problem, but then the interviewer is evaluating the candidate whether she can identify the different edge cases in the scenario. So the very first thing that you should do, as a candidate, is to clarify the requirements and identify the edge cases in the first 5 to 10 min.

Now the second thing is that you should always follow a test-driven approach while solving a coding question in the coding interview. You should identify edge cases in the problem and these are your test cases.

Now the third thing you need to understand is that most of the coding questions do not require writing a lot of code. One of thing the interviewer is evaluating the candidate for is how clear and concise code the candidate can written. Also, you need to understand that writing minimum amount of code is always preferable to avoid possible bugs. The more code you write, there is more probability of introducing bugs in the code. There are…