Helping frontend engineers prepare for interviews with mock interviews
BY J.C HIATT
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Helping frontend / React engineers prepare for interviews with mock interviews
A couple of months ago, I was hunting for a new job. I found myself going through lots of interviews and stressing a lot over preparing for them.
I’ve found interviews to be highly subjective to the company — you never really know what the company values or what hills they are going to die on until you actually are in the middle of an interview with them.
Interviewers may care deeply that you can explain what closure is, and others may not even know what closure is themselves.
Fortunately, despite the subjectivity of these interviews, I went through enough to start to identify what I think are key pieces of information that companies want you to know, at least to land a frontend engineer role (specifically React-oriented since that’s what I know best), and how deeply they want you to know these things at the Junior, Mid, and Senior levels.
Being in the middle of preparing for these interviews, I realized that I also always learn better when I teach. So I decided to start doing a couple of mock interviews per month for people looking for a frontend position. I announced it with a tweet here:
The first person I helped was Erin Fox, who enjoyed it so much she left an amazing review!
Since this initial interview, dozens of people have applied to get a slot! It’s been really fun so far!
I was approached by recently, who asked if they could sponsor my efforts in this! I’m so excited to announce that I am now able to do four of these per month because of their generosity! I love that they are so committed to helping the community by giving back in ways like this. They are especially wanting me to extend this help to underrepresented groups in tech.
G2i is a hiring platform focused on matching you with vetted engineers from the React, React Native, and native iOS/Android communities. They can help match you with remote engineers either full-time or contract. If you don’t have a team, they can also architect and build your application themselves.
How it works
If you are selected to be one of the four interviews I do each month, you’ll get an email from me with a link to book a time that works for you!
Be sure to study up, and we’ll get together for about 45 minutes and go through the interview. Each interview is 10–20 technical questions and there is absolutely no pressure from me (I can even help you along if you’re getting stuck somewhere). Sometimes it can help to take the pressure out of the situation so you can find out for yourself just how much you really know — this can translate into more confidence when you’re in a real interview!