On Track

2nd interview with HackReactor today! This time it was an actual tech interview so I was even more nervous. Once again my interviewer was a pleasure to talk to and very calming. I also picked up my new favorite phrase: “You nailed it with a nail gun.” This was in regards to one of the functions I had to implement. It’s crazy how different my experiences with interviewing for two different schools where. AppAcademy just was not warm and fuzzy at all which I guess is OK, but they just never seemed to care who I was, just what I could do with code. I did OK (got a conditional acceptance pending a final interview) but I felt like they put so much emphasis on logic puzzles, which, heck, shouldn’t they be helping me with in prep to get me a job? I’m also not sure how I feel about the lack of finding out whether I’m some crazy mouth-breather who can’t even interact with people. I just wonder what types of people end up in the class.

HR on the other hand has been surprisingly FUN to interview with. It hasn’t been exactly easy, but it has been fun to play with JavaScript. The first interview was nice and lite and I got to show off that I knew what recursion was (but forgot to add a base case initially – d’oh). Then the take home work was well designed and pushed me along to learn some jQuery and how to pull data using AJAX. Then the last tech interview had me creating my own versions of some Underscore.js functions which was fun and thought-provoking and definitely tricky but not in a gotcha sort of way but more of a pushing me in the right direction to learn it myself. If this is what the class feels like, sign me up!! HR just seems so nurturing and I love to learn.

I should know if I got in (or if I have to try again, because goddamnit I’m trying again if I don’t make it this time) by Friday. Keep your fingers and toes and eyes crossed for me!

  • chrissy

    Hi Lindsay,
    A few questions: how much would you say you prepared before both sending in your initial application and each of your interviews? I have been doing various online tutorials in JS and really want to apply to HR but I don’t know if it’s a reasonable goal since I’m very much a beginner with no real portfolio/projects on GitHub, just a lot of online “badges” under my belt. And you have other coding experience? Also, all in all, how long did it take you to hear back about your acceptance from the start of the process or between the various steps?

    Thanks so much!

    • Lindsey

      I didn’t prepare with JavaScript at all before sending in my app (I had been working on Ruby for another app though). The process once you have your first interview is only about a week or so for the rest of the process. However in my case, and from what I’ve been hearing from others, they are about 3-4 weeks out before they have any interview openings.

      Codecademy and the like should get you through the first interview. They give you some homework to prep for the second (tech) interview.

      Good luck! I’m always happy to see more potential women classmates!

  • Emily G.

    Hi Lindsey– I was wondering how long it took you to hear back from turning in your application to get the link to sign up for a first interview? I’ve read on a number of different blogs that some people just never heard back, but someone at HR told me that everyone gets a first interview. I’m putting my other apps on hold so just trying to figure out a reasonable amount of time to wait(/try to be patient) before I reach out and make sure they received my app. Thanks!!!

    • Lindsey

      Hi Emily!

      I’ve kinda blocked it out because I was so nervous at the time with other bootcamp interviews – before I fully understood the awesomeness that is Hack Reactor 😉 – but out of the four places I initially applied to they definitely had the longest initial wait time. I think it was 4 days for me but I wouldn’t imagine a week being unreasonable especially since they just got done graduating a class so this is technically a break week for them.

      Good luck!!! And as I try to say every time, I get super excited when I see more women applying so let me know how it goes/keep in touch if you want.