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A review of as a software engineer interview prep tool – 2021 update

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Updated in 2021

What does do? is a platform where users can book practice technical and behavioral interviews with real interviewers and engineers. Users can choose between two options. The first is a free model where you can practice with peers. The second is a paid model where you can book a senior engineer from companies like Google and Facebook. Then, you get actionable feedback on your interview. Users can also choose the type of interview to practice based on their strengths and weaknesses. Options include: data structures and algorithms, systems design, machine learning, front-end engineering, engineering management, and behavioral. 

If you do well over the course of your practice interviews you can book real technical interviews with companies who hire through The entire process is anonymous. So, you are being judged only on your skillset and not on your resume or background. Then, you can “unmask” afterwards if you would like to move forward in their hiring process.

In addition, users can sign up for mentorship sessions with professionals. The booking process works the same as for the interviews. But, the goal of the meeting varies based on what the user wants to cover. They also offer personalized 1-on-1 courses to help people master data structures and algorithms or machine learning questions. Finally, courses are also available to help people prepare for specific company interview processes like Google, Facebook, and Amazon.

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Who is for?

Software engineers who are looking for mock interviews or training can benefit from Those who use this platform need to have some background experience in programming and computer science. But, the platform also offers mentorship sessions and courses meant to help engineers of all levels.

What does cost? How much work is involved?

Due to COVID-19, has changed their model. Before, the platform was free, each user only got 3 interviews, and they only let on senior engineers. Now, is open to everyone and users can do unlimited mock interviews. In addition, they can choose between free mock interviews with their peers (other users on the platform) or premium mock interviews with experienced, professional interviewers from FAANG companies. Users can also choose from interviews in data structures and algorithms, systems design, machine learning, front-end, behavioral, or engineering management. The sessions range in price from $100-$250 depending on the offering.

Ratings and reviews

There are not a lot of reviews online for yet, since the company is still fairly new. It was in a closed beta for most of 2018.

On Blind, users reported finding roles at tech companies like Uber, Lyft, and Twitter through There is only one review on G2, but the user says they enjoy using the platform. They explain, “It’s a great platform to practice for interviews and on top of that, if you do well on an interview, you can always unmask and move forward to an onsite which is awesome.”  

Alternatives to is unique because rather than providing a list of technical questions, they pair you with a seasoned interviewer from a FAANG company. If you are looking for similar programs that help you practice your technical interviews, there are a number of alternatives

  • Software engineers can use the tracks offered by Educative to brush up on skills or practice for specific-language interviews.
  • Similarly, Edabit is a study tool where users can practice technical questions they might see in interviews.
  • For people looking to prep with real world problems, CodeKata provides challenges that mimic requests from real tech companies.
  • Likewise, Codewars is a user-generated alternative. On the platform, all of the challenges are written by the community.
  • Similarly, CodinGame makes coding challenges more fun by gamifying them.
  • Finally, with exercises in Python and JavaScript for beginners and advanced engineers, CheckiO is a good free resource to check out.

We compiled a list of resources to practice software engineer interview questions that you can use to decide the best one for you. You can also check out our list of 93 software engineering interview questions from top tech companies to practice.

How does compare to Pathrise? provides mock interviews and training alongside an opportunity-matching platform for software engineers with experience.

Pathrise is a full service organization. Our mentors work with candidates through all stages of the job search to find a great role. We help candidates optimize their resumes and online profiles, prepare for technical and behavioral interviews, and negotiate to ensure they end up with compensation that is above industry average. We represent the candidates, which means that we can help connect them with any and all companies, and we never cap the number of opportunities candidates can find.

Pathrise is a career accelerator that works with students and professionals 1-on-1 so they can land their dream job in tech. With our tips and guidance, fellows in our program triple their application response rates and double their interview scores.

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