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Data Structures And Algorithms
DSA Interview Step #1: Clarify The Problem
The first step for any data structures and algorithms (DSA) problem is to
clarify the problem
. This means understanding exactly what the input and expected output are.
A common failure mode for candidates is that they will jump straight into coding, not doing this step. This leads to them wasting a lot of time writing code that isn't actually relevant.
Often times in an interview, you will get a purposefully ambiguous problem - This happens with Big Tech a lot. The goal is get signal on the candidate's communication abilities.
Clarifying the problem can help you
as it's very possible that the problem's scope is much more limited than you initially thought.
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