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Preparing for your interview
Diving deep on what you’ll be asked about and assessed on in your interview
To help you prepare for your Karat interview, we want to share details of what your interview will look like and what you will be assessed on. This post lists details of how your interview will be structured and assessed, as well as tips that candidates find helpful for succeeding in their interview. If you have any questions about any of this, please don’t hesitate to contact us or your recruiter before your interview.
In general, we want your interview experience to be as much like regular on-the-job programming as possible. Doing so yields a better experience for you, and gives us a more accurate sense of your skills. With that said, we understand that your interview will never be perfectly analogous to regular on-the-job programming, as much as we strive for it to be. For example, there are tighter timing constraints than most work projects have, and the situation is higher-pressure than your average work day.
We’ve structured our interviews with both of these ideas in mind: Making it more like a regular programming experience, but also being cognizant of the ways in which it fundamentally differs from a regular programming experience. As a result, our interviews may have some notable differences from other interviews you’ve done.
For most interview formats, most of your interview will consist of programming. Depending on the role you’re interviewing for (check with your recruiter if you’re not sure), you’ll spend:
Note: some interview formats, for example some manager-level roles, don’t include any direct programing. Again, check with your recruiter if you have questions.
For each programming problem, you will:
How the interview is assessed
For the initial, non-programming section, how it is assessed will vary depending on the topic. The Interview Engineer should explain this to you at the beginning of the section, but don’t hesitate to ask your interviewer if you have any questions about how you’re being evaluated.
For the programming section:
Programming section details
Tips for performing better
Hopefully this has been helpful and makes you feel better-prepared for your interview. If there’s anything we can do or any questions we can answer to further help in your preparation, please let us know!