A review of Interview Query as a data science interview prep tool

Hi, I’m Olga! I have years of experience in data science, most recently at eBay. Now I work as an industry mentor at Pathrise, helping data scientists land great jobs through technical workshops and 1-on-1s. Check out my article where I review Interview Query.

What does Interview Query do?

Interview Query is a study tool that prepares aspiring data analysts and data scientists for technical interviews. The free program sends job seekers free weekly interview questions from real data science interviews, helping them land their dream job.

Their site offers over 250 questions from actual interviews with top tech companies. They provide questions on a variety of subjects including SQL, algorithms, machine learning theory, product intuition, statistics, and probability. The goal is to help candidates prepare for the wide breadth of topics asked in data science interviews.

Students in the free program only get a limited number of questions and answers sent to their inbox, but can upgrade to a paid course to receive more in-depth solutions and problem-solving strategies. Their paid memberships include an educational video series, mock interview content, take-home challenges, resume reviews, 1-on-1 coaching, more interview questions, and a Slack community. Paid 1 hour coaching sessions with industry professionals are also available separately.

 

Who is Interview Query for?

Aspiring data scientists, data analysts, and machine learning engineers who are looking to improve their technical skills and practice for their interviews can benefit from Interview Query. The program is especially helpful for people looking for a self-paced prep course.

What does Interview Query cost? How much work is involved?

There are 3 levels of Interview Query memberships. The standard package gives users access to detailed interview question solutions, video content, and the Slack community for $59 a month. The second tier is their most popular package, offering all the options as the standard package but with over 30 take-home challenges for $229 a year. The third option adds one 1-on-1 coaching session, personalized job search plans, and resume reviews for $369 a year.

Separate 1-on-1 coaching is also available. 1 hour coaching sessions costs $179 each or $499 for 3 sessions. Job-seekers are paired with an experienced data scientist from a top tech company for personalized interview and career support.

Ratings and reviews

As a relatively new program, Interview Query does not have many reviews. However, they have a positive member interview on their blog and host testimonials on their website

The program has mostly positive reviews on Reddit. One member would have liked a stronger curriculum. They felt frustrated  that the platform only hosts “a very limited number of questions” with “just 15-16 SQL questions.” But, another member praised the curriculum and the helpful Slack channel, raving “the solutions have been really helpful for understanding SQL & other data science concepts” and “the community has also been a nice bonus.” Other premium members found “useful takehomes for SQL” and were pleasantly surprised that “The SQL questions have shown up on a couple of my interviews.” Overall, members seem satisfied with the real interview questions and the practical, detailed solutions.

Alternatives to Interview Query

There are a number of other programs that provide interview questions and job search services similar to Interview Query. 

  • The remote mentoring program SharpestMinds pairs job-seekers with mentors from big tech companies like as Google, Airbnb, and Spotify to work on machine learning projects and their job search. 
  • Metis has part-time introduction courses as well as onsite & online bootcamp options. Learn more about Metis in our review.
  • For those interested in self-paced learning, Data Science Dream Job offers flexible, remote courses for aspiring data analysts. Like Interview Query, their program includes 1-on-1 mentoring, resume review, and interview prep.
  • Aspiring data scientists can also look into Promotable and Data Science Dojo, which offer quick courses as well as in-depth tracks in data science topics.
  • Similarly, DataCamp is an online resource with over 300 courses on data science subjects. Courses last about 4 hours.
  • Mode Tutorials hosts free SQL and Python tutorials for aspiring data scientists, with in-depth level explanations similar to Interview Query.
  • For people interested in a data science community, Kaggle hosts over 19,000 public datasets and 200,000 public notebooks for anyone looking to start or add to a data science project.
  • One of the most well known bootcamps with data science offerings is General Assembly, which offers full-time, part-time, and 1-day courses. Read more about General Assembly in our review.
  • HackerRank is another interview prep tool with questions on data science, software engineering, and even UX/UI. 
More alternatives
  • A user-generated service, Codewars hosts challenges written and published by the community. Like Interview Query’s Slack channel, aspiring data scientists and software engineers interact and swap challenges.
  • CodinGame makes coding challenges fun by turning them into arcade games.
  • edX is one of the most popular online learning platforms. They have courses from top universities like Harvard and MIT as well as big tech companies like Microsoft. Learn more about edX in our review.
  • Students on a budget can look into Udemy, Coursera, and Pluralsight, which host hundreds of affordable data science courses.
  • Udacity and Springboard are online learning platforms with courses in data science, as well as other subjects. Learn more about how Udacity and Springboard can help you in our program reviews.

How does Interview Query compare to Pathrise?

Interview Query is a tool for data scientists of all skill levels to prepare for technical interviews. They provide real-world problem sets on a variety of subjects to help job-seekers prepare for the range of topics that show up in data science interviews. 

Pathrise is a career accelerator that helps people with their entire job search. Our technical interview curriculum gives job-seekers practice with technical interviews and teaches them strategies to ace their data science questions. Fellows in our program also work 1-on-1 with experienced mentors on the other phases of the job search, including strengthening their resumes and portfolios, writing compelling cold emails, preparing for behavioral interviews, and negotiating salary.

Continuing to advance technical skills is an important part of the job search, so we recommend that data scientists in our program practice technical questions as much as possible so they can go into their interviews with confidence. This means that people can use Interview Query in conjunction with Pathrise to further advance technical skills and prepare for upcoming interviews.

Pathrise optimizes the job search through 1-on-1 mentoring. Fellows in our program see their interview scores double and their application responses triple, landing a job in only 3-5 months on average. If you want to work with any of our mentors to land your dream job faster, join Pathise. 

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