No matter how much you prepare on your own, demonstrating your technical proficiency can be one of the most daunting parts of applying to a coding bootcamp—especially for students coming from non-technical backgrounds. While most students probably have experience with the other parts of the admissions process from their previous education—non-technical written applications and interviews—a technical assessment is a new, slightly scary, prospect. But, it doesn’t have to be.
First, let’s break down the ways coding bootcamps might assess your technical aptitude. Online coding bootcamps like Flatiron School’s Online Software Engineering Bootcamp look to see that you’re making great progress coding on your own, either through our free Coding Bootcamp Prep or other resources. In-person programs, like our Immersive Software Engineering Bootcamp, on the other hand, generally rely on some form of technical assessment in the interview process. Coding bootcamps have to cover a lot of ground in a short time, so we move through curriculum fast. A technical assessment is a way to test whether you’re ready to hit the ground running from day one.
Different bootcamps assess this in different ways, but you’re likely to see a process resembling what we do here at Flatiron School for our in-person Immersive Software Engineering Bootcamp or Immersive Data Science Bootcamp. Applicants complete several coding challenges on their own in advance of a technical interview—a live coding session with an instructor in which applicants are asked questions about their prepared answers and are possibly asked to expand or change code to solve new problems.
If this sounds like something a tech company would do to interview developer talent, it’s by design. We want to prepare you for that process as early as possible.
Keep in mind: we are not trying to assess how you work under pressure. It’s more about determining your ability to learn, communicate what you’re learning, and improve in real time—much like what you’ll be doing as a bootcamp student, and later, on the job. However, the technical interview can lead to considerable stress for many students. Luckily, there are a few simple steps you can take to prepare yourself and put your best foot forward.
This is a sponsored post by Flatiron School.