Pragmatic Interviewing (and Beyond)


I failed a lot of technical interviews. Amazon once, Facebook twice, Google three times, Tesla once and more that I’ve lost track of. However, I finally got hired by Google as a Software Engineer. Through all my failures I learned what works, what doesn’t and how to focus on what’s important for a technical interview. I’ve attended tech interview workshops at Google and Facebook (led by Gayle Laakmann McDowell, author of Cracking the Coding Interview) and have done a lot of preparation. Tech interviews can be daunting, I’m hoping to make it less intimidating by sharing my experiences.

I’ll also be touching on things beyond the interview. Tips & tools for salary negotiation, how course work relates to production development and preparing for the industry while in school.


I graduated SJSU with a BS Computer Science in Fall 2014. While at SJSU I an officer of the Entrepreneurial Society and member of Delta Sigma Phi. I was a three time recipient of the Computer Science Department Scholarship, and was awarded a Google CS Scholarship. Sophomore year I landed my first internship with Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and then spent the subsequent two years interning at Cisco Systems before converting full time. After three years at Cisco, I left to join Google as a Front End Software Engineer working on Geo-Search.

Talk Time and Place

April 16, 2019 @ 1:20PM in MH 225