A review of Skilled.dev software engineering interview prep tool

Hi, I’m Brian, a former senior software engineer and now software engineering mentor at Pathrise. I have worked with hundreds of software engineers to help them land their dream job. Check out my review of Skilled.dev.

What does Skilled.dev do?

Skilled.dev is a self-paced course that prepares aspiring software engineers for technical interviews. Designed by a former software engineer at Postmates (acquired by Uber), the curriculum covers both the technical coding concepts and the practical interviewing strategies that aspiring software engineers can apply to their job search.

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The course includes 66+ recorded videos, coding tutorials, and guided articles that offer a step-by-step breakdown of interview questions. Students complete hands-on coding challenges with an in-browser coding window. The technical curriculum first covers Big O notation, arrays, hash tables, strings, recursion, linked lists, as well as searching & sorting. Next, students work with trees, graphs, dynamic programming, Stacks & Queues, and JavaScript. The curriculum also teaches students how interviewers assess candidates and how they can stand out in different interview scenarios. While students can submit feedback on their experience with the course, no live instruction or personalized learning is included.

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The course’s creator has also built free job search tools on gitconnected.com including a resume builder, portfolio API, and coding tutorials ranked by developers. Anyone can start using these free tools right away, regardless of whether they buy the full course.

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Who is Skilled.dev for?

Aspiring software engineers who are looking to improve their technical skills and practice for interviews can benefit from Skilled.dev. The program is especially helpful for people looking for a self-paced prep course with an extensive technical curriculum. Students seeking a practical course with hands-on coding challenges and in-depth breakdowns of interview questions could also be a good fit.

While the course does not have any formal admissions process, students should have at least some software engineering background to fully benefit from the technical curriculum.

What does Skilled.dev cost? How much work is involved?

A 1-year subscription costs $99. The course creator’s job search tools on gitconnected.com are free.

Ratings and reviews

As a relatively new program, Skilled.dev does not have many reviews. However, the Daily Dev blog rated them 4.5/5 stars where the reviewer liked that it was “as complete as possible, so you never have to leave the platform.” The reviewer also appreciated that “it’s comprehensive: each question contains a step-by-step guided text article, a solution walkthrough video, and an integrated code execution environment to test your solutions.” However, the blog did warn that “it’s quite fresh, and if you can’t make the leap of faith of being an early adopter, perhaps it’s not for you.” The program has also been listed as one of Learn to Codes 22 best coding interview courses

Alternatives to Skilled.dev

If you choose not to subscribe to Skilled.dev, there are a number of other programs that provide technical interview training and practice. 

  • People seeking in-depth software engineering interview prep can check out Interview Cake. They teach students the best ways to think about and solve technical interview questions. Questions come with a full solution breakdown, a list of common mistakes, and even a “what we learned” section. Learn more about Interview Cake in our review.
  • Another paid interview prep platform is AlgoExpert. They host 90+ common data structures, algorithms, and problem-solving questions across 14 categories and 5 difficulty levels. Users can write code in 7 different languages, using an in-browser coding window to write and run code instantly. 
  • Similarly, Codebasil hosts interview questions written by software engineers at top tech companies like Facebook, Apple, and Amazon.
  • HackerRank is an interview prep tool with questions on software engineering, data science, and even UX/UI design.
  • The study tool Learneroo hosts practice technical questions that often come up in interviews. Their program is free to try, with paid membership options for greater access to materials.
  • Another interview resource, Coderbyte offers a mix of free and paid challenges for software engineers looking to sharpen their skills. Read more about Coderbyte in our review.
  • The user-generated service Codewars hosts coding challenges published by their own community. 
  • People seeking mock interviews with software engineers at top tech companies can consider Interviewing.io. Their users are paired with FAANG engineers for mock interviews and extensive feedback. Find out if Interviewing.io is right for your career goals in our review.
  • Similarly, the interview resources Pramp and Gainlo also pair aspiring software engineers with their peers or anonymous engineers for mock interviews.

How does Skilled.dev compare to Pathrise?

Skilled.dev is an online course to help aspiring software engineers prepare for technical interviews. While Skilled.dev offers technical training and interview strategies, the program does not  provide personalized guidance or help people with their job search. 

Pathrise is a career accelerator that works with people at each phase of the job search. Our technical interview curriculum teaches fellows to ace coding interviews as career mentors work with fellows on everything else, including resume and portfolio optimization, cold emailing, behavioral interviewing, negotiation, and more. Our experienced mentors have already helped 1,000+ students and professionals land great tech jobs.

Since brushing up on technical skills and interview strategies can be extremely helpful for job-seekers, we recommend software engineers in our program review technical questions as much as possible. This means that people could use Skilled.dev’s low-cost program concurrently with Pathrise to prepare for technical 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 Pathrise. 

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