Preparing for technical interviews

Ladies, before I go any further, be aware that I have an instructional DVD up at:

Tech Interview Help

So, this isn’t an entirely disinterested post, but I do want to add some information for you.

One of the best things you can do to prepare for interviews is to actually dev with the SDK and API that the company produces. I am in the Seattle area, and if I had an interview with Amazon S3, the first thing I’d be doing is setting up a bucket (not that I haven’t already done fifteen of these for various storage reasons) and transferring data to learn their system. I’d know the transfer protocols, the encryption levels, the likely physical network structure, and JFS if at all possible–at a BARE minimum.

If you have an interview with Microsoft’s IE10 team, you’d better be in front of IE6, 7, 8, and 9, knowing what major updates occurred between browser versions,
which HTML versions were implemented where, security holes and how to plug them, and what cross-browser issues remain to be addressed, and that’s not even the bare minimum.

public tip
//Use the code of the team with which you're interviewing before you walk in the door.