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3. Club Weekly News NOV 09 2022

Part 1 Check Out the latest Tech News!

  1. Twitter and Elon Musk: a Delayed Looming Trial

Elon Musk's sudden about face on a $44 billion agreement to acquire Twitter, reversing an earlier attempt to rescind that offer, came as a surprise even from the mercurial billionaire who loves to shock. For Musk’s intention for the acquisition, though Musk’s tweets and statements have been cryptic, technology analysts have speculated that Musk wants to re-create a version of China’s WeChat app that can do video chats, messaging, streaming, scan bar codes and make payments. The reason for Musk’s previous decision to back out of the deal over the summer was that Twitter refused to give him information about “spam bot” accounts on the service, according to Musk. Yet the legal challenges faced by Musk in the three months since he announced that he intended to back out of the deal continued to mount, increasingly closing off avenues of escape for the Tesla CEO. On Oct. 6, a judge delayed a looming trial between Twitter and Elon Musk (ABC News, 2022).

  1. Uber Admitted Covering up a Data Breach

The former chief security officer for Uber has been convicted of trying to cover up a 2016 data breach in which hackers accessed millions of customer records from the ride-hailing service, and it was believed to be the first criminal prosecution of a company executive over a data breach. 

In November 2016, Sullivan, Uber's chief security officer, was emailed by hackers, and employees quickly confirmed that they had stolen records on about 57 million users and also 600,000 driver's license numbers, prosecutors said. After learning of the breach, Sullivan began a scheme to hide it from the public and the Federal Trade Commission, which had been investigating a smaller 2014 hack, authorities said. Screenshots the hacker shared with security researchers indicate they obtained full access to the cloud-based systems where Uber stores sensitive customer and financial data. Sullivan was fired along with Craig Clark, an Uber lawyer he had been told about the breach. Clark was given immunity by prosecutors and testified against Sullivan. It is not known how much data the hacker stole or how long they were inside Uber’s network. There was no indication they destroyed data (ABC News, 2022).

Part 2 What to Expect When You're Interviewing

Let’s break down each stage of the typical technical interview process, with quick tech interview tips for how to pass a technical interview and stand out in each part.

Phone Screen

Congrats, you’ve already made it past one of the hardest stages: your tech resume caught the eye of the recruiter/company! The phone screen is your chance to make a good first impression. Here are a few more tips on how to prepare for a technical phone interview:

  •   Be excited about the company or project, and that positivity will come across in the interview.

  •   Know your audience. If you’re interviewing with a recruiter (with no programming knowledge), play up your soft skills and don’t get too technical. If you’re interviewing      with a software developer, show off that tech knowledge!

  •   Be honest: tell the interviewer what most interests you in a job and what kinds of projects you’d like to work on.

  •   Answer behavioral questions by showing, not telling. Use specific, memorable details and tell a story.


Beyond just pure tech skills, which they’ve already read about on your resume, interviewers in a phone screen want to see:

-       Passion for tech/coding

-       Enthusiasm

-       Communication skills

-       Culture fit

-       Alignment with company mission/values

Remote Coding Challenge

During a real-time coding challenge, communicate with your interviewer and think out loud. Make it a collaborative process (use “we” instead of “I”), since interviewers want to know that you’re a team player. And remember to slow down. These real-time challenges are not usually timed, so take your time, think it through, and give the interviewer a chance to give you hints.

During a take-home coding assignment, take time to plan out your code before writing it out. Make sure you fully understand the instructions and requirements. Re-read them several times before starting and once more after you’re finished with the challenge to make sure you’ve ticked every box.


  •   Coding skills

  •   Testing code as you write it

  •   Problem-solving skills

  •   Collaboration skills

Onsite Interview and Whiteboard Challenge

1.     Ask clarifying questions before you even start writing code.

2.     Talk through your code (think out loud) to give the interviewer a window into your thoughts.

3.     Speak clearly and precisely.

4.     If you’re stuck, stay calm, think out loud, and try new ideas

5.     Check for errors & walk through your solution at the end


  •   Coding skills

  •   Problem-solving ability

  •   Ability to think creatively

  •   Communication skills

  •   Culture fit

  •   How you handle feedback

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