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How to prepare for the 19-week Coding Bootcamp Admissions Interview

Hack Reactor

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This post covers the Admissions Interview for our new 19-week Software Engineering with JavaScript and Python Immersive. Our 12-week and 36-week programs have a separate admissions process and do not require an interview because they have other built-in interaction points. Learn more here.

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There are more than 600 million blogs on the internet. The fact that you found your way here, reading this post at this moment, means you’re serious about making a big career change. You’re ready to start deeply considering your options for becoming a software engineer. 

The admissions process for our 19-week Software Engineering Immersive with JavaScript and Python program was carefully designed with the coding beginner in mind. Each step of our process helps us determine if your interests, skills, and passions align with what we offer and if we’re a good fit for your investment of time, money, and energy. 

After you submit an application and pass two non-technical admissions tests, the next (and final) step in the application process is a 20-minute live online Admissions Interview. We want to meet with you in real-time for a few reasons: 

  • 1) We’re curious about you and your career goals. This is a great way to get to know you a bit better. 

  • 2) We believe there’s value in real-time conversation and connection, in being face to face and meeting you where you are. 

  • 3) We’re ultimately here to train students for new careers in software engineering, and interviewing is a significant part of the post-bootcamp job search process. Consider this valuable interview practice, whether or not you end up in a Hack Reactor cohort.

5 ways to prepare for the Admissions Interview 

  • If you have specific questions about the program, attend an info session!
    Realizing you might have questions about the bootcamp experience, the admissions process, career services, and a lot more, we’ve scheduled regular Info Sessions for you to check out. During these, our team will walk you through everything you need to know, and they’ll leave time for live Q&A at the end. We’ve found that group Q&A sessions are beneficial for prospective students, who often end up hearing answers to questions they hadn't considered asking themselves.

    We recommend attending a session before your interview, as scheduling allows. During the interview itself, in order to keep things concise and on track, there won’t be time for Q&A.

  • Plan ahead so we can start on time
    We’ve deeply considered the 19-week bootcamp schedule, and because there’s so much exciting stuff to cover, punctuality and time management are important aspects of the overall program. We extend this same thinking to the Admissions Interview and ask that you plan ahead so you’re ready to chat at your scheduled time.

  • Prepare your interview space and test your tech
    Take some time to think about where you’ll set up your computer for the interview. As best you can, find somewhere with limited or no outside noise so you can focus on thinking clearly and providing your best answers. If you’re using headphones, make sure they’re charged and/or working properly. Download Zoom and give your account a test run to ensure your audio and video settings are good to go.

  • Relax as much as you can
    We want this interview to be a worthwhile learning experience no matter the outcome. Keep in mind that all interviewing is good practice, and as you embark on your new career path, this is most certainly a step in the right direction. When your interview time approaches, grab some water or tea or whatever you might need, take a few deep breaths, and rest assured that you’re on the right track. Once we start, take your time answering each question and do your best to speak as clearly as possible. You’ll have plenty of time to think and respond, so please don’t feel rushed. We want to hear what you have to say! 

  • Start thinking about the topics we’ll discuss
    This interview is designed to help us find students who are passionate about a new career in software engineering and who are ready to commit to pursuing it.

    To get there, we’ll ask a range of questions covering topics including:

    • Reason(s) for your interest in software engineering and why now is a good time to start pursuing a new career  

    • Working styles (independent vs. collaborative)

    • Track record of interest in learning new things

    • Forethought related to financial support during the bootcamp 

    • Commitment to the rigor of this intensive training experience 

This is a non-technical interview, so don’t worry about answering coding or other technical questions! 


What happens after the interview?

After you’ve completed your Admissions Interview, we’ll be in touch within 48 hours to let you know if you’ve been accepted into our 19-week Software Engineering with JavaScript and Python Immersive. Those who do not pass the interview will need to wait 6 months before scheduling another attempt.

If accepted, your Enrollment Advisor will be in touch to discuss the next steps so you can get enrolled in an upcoming cohort.

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Ready to get the admissions process started? Fill out your application
here. Or if you’re ready to schedule an interview, please log back into your Admissions Portal to do so. We look forward to seeing you on Zoom soon!