Interview Cake Story
Interview Cake is a study tool that preps software engineering candidates for programming interviews.
Hi, I'm Parker Phinney. I've worked as an engineer at Google and a handful of startups. I started Interview Cake after my life-changing experience tutoring my friend Alice at programming interviews.
Alice had fallen on hard times. She had lost her apartment and was running out of money. She was just finishing her coursework at a coding boot camp in San Francisco, hoping a job in tech could turn her life around.
Alice was kicking butt at coding, but to land her dream job she needed to kick butt at coding interviews. That meant having a rock-solid foundation in algorithms, data structures and big O notation, as well as the confidence and expertise to work through problems she'd never seen before. She came to me for some extra tutoring.
So we got to work running practice problems, drilling her weak points in algorithms and data structures, and focusing on how to arrive at the answers, not just what the answers were. She struggled at first, but it took just one weekend to get Alice to a point where she could crush all the interview questions in my arsenal.
Alice ended up landing a job at Facebook. Overnight she went from crashing on my couch to making more money than I ever have.
Seeing Alice's life turn around was amazing. I was hooked. Since then I've been teaching students at several boot camps around San Francisco. Over time I've developed a curriculum that works. Beyond the foundations of data structures and algorithms, we learn how to begin breaking down a new problem and how to keep moving even when you're stuck.
This is my full-time job now. I want everyone to have the same kind of opportunity to "break in" as Alice had, whether they're new to the field or just looking to land their next big gig.
Thanks for checking out Interview Cake, and best of luck with your interviews. Let me know if I can help in any way.
D. Parker Phinney