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A review of InterviewBit as a software engineer interview prep tool

Hi, I’m Brian, a former senior software engineer and now software engineering advisor at Pathrise. I work with hundreds of software engineers to help them land their dream job.

What does InterviewBit do?

InterviewBit is a company based in India, most well known for their software engineering technical interview practice questions. Similar to Leetcode & HackerRank, these questions are meant to help their users prepare for upcoming technical challenges and interviews. They also have contests and a company matching system, as well.

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Very recently, they launched an additional element to their business called InterviewBit Academy. As of right now, the program is only accepting students in India and the pricing is in lakh rupees (1 lakh = 100,000 rupees or $1,500). The Academy is a 6-month program, which requires participants to spend 3 hours a day on the fixed curriculum.

Who is InterviewBit for?

For software engineers who are looking to advance their technical skills and practice for technical interviews, InterviewBit is a helpful resource. While the questions are not classified by skill, there are levels so users can see a progression of their work. For software engineers in India who are looking for more career coaching to break into the US job market, InterviewBit Academy could prove beneficial.

What does InterviewBit cost? How much work is involved?

Users who are looking to utilize the technical practice questions for which InterviewBit is originally known only need to create a profile. For users who are looking to join the Academy, there is a 4-hour timed assessment that can only be accessed at 8pm IST (India time) on 2 specific days for each batch.

Once participants are accepted into the program, they can either prepay 1.5L, which equates to roughly $2,165, or they can pay 17% of their salary for 2 years. This percentage will be somewhere between 6-25 lahks, which approximates to $8,579 – $35,578.

Ratings and reviews

There are no reviews of the InterviewBit Academy program, likely because it is so new. In terms of the practice technical questions, most of the reviews are from users in India who have a fair amount of positive feedback. The consistency of the questions means that they can continue practicing everyday and not run out. In addition, they like the contests and easy-to-see time limits.

Many of the reviews online for the practice questions are fairly old, but there are some notes about the videos and comments not loading or playing. There is potential that these problems have been solved since the reviews were written. Reviews also explain that some questions are missing solutions or the solutions are too narrow.

Alternatives to InterviewBit

There are other websites that compile software engineering questions, similar to InterviewBit. Leetcode is probably the most well known. Most people who use Leetcode feel that the questions are more geared towards real work and are often better practice for technical interviews.

HackerRank is similar to InterviewBit, as well. They are the #1 assessment service for companies to test candidates on technical interviews. Their practice questions are classified by skill level in data structures, algorithms, and general math and in a variety of languages.

How does InterviewBit compare to Pathrise?

InterviewBit practice questions are a good tool for software engineers of all skill levels to use in preparation for their technical interviews. The questions are based on levels and grouped by topic. Pathrise is focused on helping our fellows with the entire job search, including more than just mastering the technical questions. We often recommend fellows utilize online practice questions, like the ones on InterviewBit.

The Academy program has similar elements to Pathrise, but we have a flexible curriculum that gives our fellows the opportunity to work 1-on-1 with their advisors on their own schedule. The time commitment for InterviewBit is 3 hours a day for 6 months, but at Pathrise, our fellows spend 4 hours a week on dedicated sessions with their advisor, and then optional time that we recommend our fellows spend on interview practice and job searching. The ability to schedule ad hoc sessions and work with their advisor when they need help the most is one of the factors that differentiates Pathrise from other services like InterviewBit Academy.  Once the participant finds a job, they pay InterviewBit 17% of 2 years’ salary, compared to Pathrise, which is 9% of their first year’s salary. In addition, the Academy is currently only open to students in India.

Pathrise is a career accelerator that works with students and young professionals 1-on-1 so they can land their dream job in tech. With our tips and guidance, we’ve seen our fellows interview performance scores double.

If you want to work with any of our advisors 1-on-1 to get help with your software engineer interviews or with any other aspect of the job search, become a Pathrise fellow.

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