The Mission

Help aspiring software engineers to ace the interview and get the dream internship or job offer by teaching them the underlying problem-solving skills and thought processes.

The Story

My name is Sean Viswanathan, founder of 1TakeInterview. I am a recent Cornell University graduate and Software Engineer at Facebook. 1TakeInterview was created due to the intimidating, arduous and frustrating experience of the software engineering interview process. It is difficult enough to get an interview for an internship or full-time position, so it is even more heartbreaking when you fail flat on your face when you’re up against some of the most challenging questions at an interview of your dreams.

Every year for the last four years, I have taken part in the recruitment process hoping to land either an internship or a full-time position in a software engineering role. The undergraduate Computer Science curriculum wasn’t nearly enough to prepare me for the interview questions; I found myself failing to wow my interviewers and ultimately being rejected. As I started to prepare more for interviews to have a better understanding of the professional landscape, my confidence began to grow. Unfortunately, the more I knew about how unexpected interviews can be, the more intimidated I became.

Most interview questions focused on dynamic programming, backtracking, and trees and design. The problem was, I had no idea how to even begin to approach them and was spending countless hours beating my head against the wall trying to understand the solution. While I eventually buckled down on trying to work through as many problems as I could, I remained clueless on how I could develop the underlying thought process.

I have compiled dozens of the most common interview questions and have provided an easy-to-follow step-by-step to guide even the most unprepared student on how to nail this part of the interview. I want 1TakeInterview to teach you how to perform well against unfamiliar and difficult interviews.

1TakeInterview brings a more effective learning-based approach to build intuition from the ground up on difficult problems, since most other resources only provide you with either flat-out easy problems that you would never encounter in an interview or challenging problems with incomprehensible solutions.