Embedded Software Engineering Interview Course

Nail Embedded Software Engineering interviews at FAANG and Tier-1 Tech Companies
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Course designed and taught by instructors from FAANG & Tier-1 Tech Companies

Manoj Krishnan

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Adrián Fernández

Engineering Manager
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Qiuping Xu.

Principal Data Scientist
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Embedded Software Engineering Course Curriculum

This is what you'll learn in our Embedded Software Engineering career path!

  • 15 Mock Interviews
  • 6-Month Support Period

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Embedded Software Engineering course and curriculum

Data structures and Algorithms
5 weeks
5 live classes
1

Online Processing Systems

Common Scalable Concepts like DBs, Cache, Messaging Queue, etc., and Common Design Problems
2

Batch Processing Systems

Batch Processing Concepts in-depth and Common Design Problems for FAANG+ interviews
3

Stream Processing Systems

  • Case Studies: on APM, Social Connections, Netflix, Google Maps, Trending Topics, YouTube
Design real-time data-intensive applications like Google Maps, Netflix, etc.
1

Sorting

  • Introduction to Sorting
  • Basics of Asymptotic Analysis and Worst Case & Average Case Analysis
  • Different Sorting Algorithms and their comparison
  • Algorithm paradigms like Divide & Conquer, Decrease & Conquer, Transform & Conquer
  • Presorting
  • Extensions of Merge Sort, Quick Sort, Heap Sort
  • Common sorting-related coding interview problems
2

Recursion

  • Recursion as a Lazy Manager's Strategy
  • Recursive Mathematical Functions
  • Combinatorial Enumeration
  • Backtracking
  • Exhaustive Enumeration & General Template
  • Common recursion- and backtracking-related coding interview problems
3

Trees

  • Dictionaries & Sets, Hash Tables 
  • Modeling data as Binary Trees and Binary Search Tree and performing different operations over them
  • Tree Traversals and Constructions 
  • BFS Coding Patterns
  • DFS Coding Patterns
  • Tree Construction from its traversals 
  • Common trees-related coding interview problems
4

Graphs

  • Overview of Graphs
  • Problem definition of the 7 Bridges of Konigsberg and its connection with Graph theory
  • What is a graph, and when do you model a problem as a Graph?
  • How to store a Graph in memory (Adjacency Lists, Adjacency Matrices, Adjacency Maps)
  • Graphs traversal: BFS and DFS, BFS Tree, DFS stack-based implementation
  • A general template to solve any problems modeled as Graphs
  • Graphs in Interviews
  • Common graphs-related coding interview problems
5

Dynamic Programming

  • Dynamic Programming Introduction
  • Modeling problems as recursive mathematical functions
  • Detecting overlapping subproblems
  • Top-down Memorization
  • Bottom-up Tabulation
  • Optimizing Bottom-up Tabulation
  • Common DP-related coding interview problems

Embedded Software Engineering
6 weeks
6 live classes
1

Online Processing Systems

Common Scalable Concepts like DBs, Cache, Messaging Queue, etc., and Common Design Problems
2

Batch Processing Systems

Batch Processing Concepts in-depth and Common Design Problems for FAANG+ interviews
3

Stream Processing Systems

  • Case Studies: on APM, Social Connections, Netflix, Google Maps, Trending Topics, YouTube
Design real-time data-intensive applications like Google Maps, Netflix, etc.
1

Designing and Developing Embedded Systems

  • Structured design of finite state machines for real-life embedded systems
  • Design a smart garden watering system with multiple zones. Optimize for performance and cost 
  • Design a traffic light controller, and many more
  • Deep dive into the intricacies of embedded systems design under multiple resource constraints — Size, Storage, Performance, Operating Conditions
  • How to detect and handle external and internal faults and recover/tolerate methods
  • Common interview questions on debugging embedded devices. Implementing loggers
  • How to ensure fault-resilience in embedded software?
  • How to design for performance, logging, and testability?
  • Templates to answer open-ended system design interview questions
1

Designing and Developing Embedded Systems

  • Structured design of finite state machines for real-life embedded systems
  • Design a smart garden watering system with multiple zones. Optimize for performance and cost 
  • Design a traffic light controller, and many more
  • Deep dive into the intricacies of embedded systems design under multiple resource constraints — Size, Storage, Performance, Operating Conditions
  • How to detect and handle external and internal faults and recover/tolerate methods
  • Common interview questions on debugging embedded devices. Implementing loggers
  • How to ensure fault-resilience in embedded software?
  • How to design for performance, logging, and testability?
  • Templates to answer open-ended system design interview questions
3

Microcontroller Units

  • Systematic coverage of computer organization and architecture using ARM CORTEX
  • CPU, Memory and Peripheral Bus, Instruction Pipeline and Cache 
  • Deep dive into the programmer’s model of the ARM CORTEX M
  • Registers and modes
  • Interesting Assembly instructions for efficient coding
  • Stack memory and its usage in C and Assembly procedure calls
  • ARM Procedure Calling Standard (AAPCS) for binary compatibility
  • CORTEX M exception handling and interrupts 
  • Low-power features and deep sleep states
  • Reset handling sequence, usage of different stacks and switching processor modes
  • Interview questions related to Interrupts, such as Interrupt Vectoring, Interrupt Latency, and Latency Reduction features (register stacking, tail chaining, late arrival)
  • Popular FAANG+ Interview questions on designing low-level spinlocks, efficient usage of atomic operations 
  • Design an SW Timer library using a 16-bit timer on the MCU chip
4

Embedded OS

  • Deep dive into the interview relevant concepts of HW Initialization and Board Bring-up
  • Types of boot loaders
  • Security issues in boot loaders
  • U-Boot
  • Simulated interview questions: Design device drivers in a bare-metal environment
  • Questions related to the linker, boot flow, and boot loaders 
  • What are some things that typically go wrong in a boot flow? 
  • Concurrency issues in Embedded Systems and concurrency control mechanisms such as Spinlocks, Mutexes, and Semaphores using P-threads
  • Interview questions on correct and inappropriate usage of concurrency control mechanisms
  • Discussion around Critical Section, Shared Resources, InterProcess Synchronization, Communication, and Reentrancy
  • Popular FAANG+ Interview questions around deadlock, livelock, Spinlock, Semaphore, and Mutex
  • List down some scenarios where you would use a spin lock instead of a mutex? 
  • Designing high-performance NW appliances 
Career Coaching
3 weeks
3 live classes
1

Online Processing Systems

Common Scalable Concepts like DBs, Cache, Messaging Queue, etc., and Common Design Problems
2

Batch Processing Systems

Batch Processing Concepts in-depth and Common Design Problems for FAANG+ interviews
3

Stream Processing Systems

  • Case Studies: on APM, Social Connections, Netflix, Google Maps, Trending Topics, YouTube
Design real-time data-intensive applications like Google Maps, Netflix, etc.
1

Interview Preparation

Interview Questions
Placement assistance
Behavioral Coaching
2

Resume & LinkedIn Masterclass

3

Salary Negotiation Masterclass

Support Period
6 months
1

Online Processing Systems

Common Scalable Concepts like DBs, Cache, Messaging Queue, etc., and Common Design Problems
2

Batch Processing Systems

Batch Processing Concepts in-depth and Common Design Problems for FAANG+ interviews
3

Stream Processing Systems

  • Case Studies: on APM, Social Connections, Netflix, Google Maps, Trending Topics, YouTube
Design real-time data-intensive applications like Google Maps, Netflix, etc.
1

15 mock interviews

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Take classes you missed/retake classes/tests

3

1:1 technical/career coaching

4

Interview strategy and salary negotiation support


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Best Suited for

  • Embedded Software Engineers working for systems companies
  • Software Engineers working for semiconductor companies
  • System Software engineers who want to become Embedded Software Engineers
  • EDA/CAD/CAM engineers working for EDA companies

Initial Screening

  • A technical phone screen round and a few questions based on your past projects.

Onsite Round

3-4 General Coding Rounds

  • DSA-based coding rounds (the difficulty level may increase depending on your experience)

Behavioral Round

  • Questions related to your job experience
  • Discussions on past projects
  • Open-ended questions to gauge if you're a "good fit"
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What our students say

Neelesh Tendulkar
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Each instructor-led session was packed with information and there were lots of problems to practice. The course was intense, but it was a great use of my time.

Davide Testuggine
Applied Research Scientist
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“The course was very intense. During the two months it lasted, I would easily work 2+ hours every day, weekends included, on the homework problems. This course is just practice, practice, practice. And it works! Fast forward a couple of weeks, and I accepted my offer with Facebook.”

Akshay Lodha
Data Engineer
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"The way the instructors taught was awesome, the career coaching and the mock interview sections were also really helpful. Interview Kickstart helped me a lot in orienting myself and getting into the rhythm., and eventually transition from Goldman Sachs to Facebook."

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