Sept. 27, 2021

Startups vs Big Tech Company as a Software Engineer (Interview Process and Career Growth)

I brought on the CEO of Formation (an ex-Facebook software engineer) who helps junior software engineers progress and prepare for mid to senior level interviews. She had a ton of expertise and experience to share with the industry. We talked about the different types of software engineering teams, at different sized companies, and how to prepare for them. If you find yourself nervous in interviews and don't really know what employers are looking for, this section of the podcast should be really insightful for you. She also shared what the progression to becoming a senior software engineer looks like at these different types of companies. We not only talk about how to prepare in the short-term, but also paths you can take for long-term career development as a software engineer. This podcast episode was packed with experience and advice. I hope this helps!

Don Hansen -
Sophie Novati -


❤️ If you find my content helpful, support me on Patreon and get access to perks -

🗓️  1:1 Coaching Session With Me -
🌱  Junior Friendly Discord Community -
🐦  Connect With Me On Twitter -

Here are products and services that I've personally used and strongly recommend. Full disclosure, these are affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links, I’ll receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. This helps support the channel and allows me to continue to create content like this. Thank you for the support!

Treehouse - Great course to learn how to code for beginners:

If you prefer to learn with books, this is an awesome series for aspiring front end developers:

NordVPN - The VPN I use to protect my privacy:

LastPass - What I use to manager all of my passwords:

Namecheap - Where I purchase and manage my domain names:

StableHost - My preferred shared hosting provider:

Fiverr - Where I outsource everything else such as graphic design:

Support the show (