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From the Author
I am not a recruiter. I am a software engineer. And as such, I know what it's like to be asked to whip up brilliant
algorithms on the spot, and then write flawless code on a whiteboard. I know because I've been asked to do the same
thing--in interviews at Google, Microsoft, Apple, and , among other companies.
I also know because I've been on the other side of the table, asking candidates to do this. I've combed through stacks
of resumes to find the engineers who I thought might be able to actually pass these interviews. And I've debated in
Google's Hiring Committee whether or not a candidate did well enough to merit an offer. I understand and have
experienced the full hiring circle.
And you, reader, are probably preparing for an interview, perhaps tomorrow, next week, or next year. You likely have or
are working towards a Computer Science or related degree. I am not here to re-teach you the basics of what a binary
search tree is, or how to traverse a linked list. You already know such things, and if not, there are plenty of other
resources to learn them.
This book is here to help you take your understanding of Computer Science fundamentals to the next level, to help you
apply those fundamentals to crack the coding interview. Because while the fundamentals are necessary to land one of the
top jobs, they aren't always enough. For countless readers, this book has been just what they needed.
About the Author
Gayle Laakmann McDowell is the founder / CEO of CareerCup.com and the author of The Google Resume: How to
Prepare for a Career and Land a Job at Apple, Microsoft, Google, or any Top Tech Company.
Her interviewing expertise comes from vast experience on both sides of the desk. She has completed Software Engineering
interviews with - and received offers from - Microsoft, Google, , Apple, IBM, Goldman Sachs, Capital IQ, and a number of
Of these top companies, she has worked for Microsoft, Apple and Google, where she gained deep insight into each
company's hiring practices.
Most recently, Gayle spent three years at Google as a Software Engineer and was one of the company's lead interviewers.
She interviewed over 120 candidates in the U.S. and abroad, and, as a software engineer, led much of the recruiting for
her alma mater, the University of Pennsylvania.
Additionally, she served on Google's Hiring Committee, where she reviewed each candidate's feedback and made hire /
no-hire decisions. She assessed over 700 candidates in that role, and evaluated hundreds more resumes.
Gayle holds a bachelor's and master's degree in Computer Science from the University of Pennsylvania and MBA from The