Neetcode struggled with unemployment as a fresh college graduate in 2020. To prepare for interviews, he started the (now massive) Neetcode YouTube channel and landed a job a year later at Google as an entry-level (L3) software engineer.
As his first full-time job, Neetcode was unsure if he'd succeed within Big Tech, but he was able to get promoted to mid-level engineer (L4) quickly.
Neetcode attributes his success within Google to 3 elements:
Neetcode's (self-assessed) coding skills were average, but he performed better than most L3s due to his ability to work independently and superior soft skills.
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