10 Books to Prepare Technical Programming/Coding Job Interviews

If you are preparing for a technical interview on software development sector and looking for some great books to boost your preparation, you have come to the right place. In this article, I am going to share some of the best programming/coding interview books to prepare well for any software development jobs. These books are enough to crack even the toughest of the job interviews at Google, Microsoft, or Amazon. They provide excellent coverage of all essential topics for programming job interviews e.g. data structure and algorithms, system design, algorithm design, computer science fundamentals, SQL, Linux, Java, Networking etc.

Even if you are not preparing for Google or Facebook but some service based companies like Infosys, Wipro, TCS or CTS or some Investment banks like JP Morgan, Morgan Stanely or Barclays you will benefit from these list of books. Though I won't suggest you to read them all, obviously 10 is way more than enough, but choose the book depending upon the difficulty level of interviews.

If you are preparing for startups and big tech giants like Google, Amazon, or Microsoft then you should prepare hard and well and there the difficult problems given in Algorithm design Manual seriously help, but for more general purpose interviews, I think Cracking the Coding Interview book itself is sufficient.

If you need more questions then you can solve problems given in Coding Interview questions book by Narasimha Karumanchi, who is also the author of famous data structure and algorithm book in Python and Java.

10 Books to Prepare Technical Job Interviews

Here is my collection of some of the best book to prepare coding/programming job interviews. If you are looking at tech jobs at Investment Banks, Software service companies, Startups, and some of the biggest tech giants e.g. Google and Facebook then these books will help you to prepare well and perform well in your job interviews.

1. Cracking the Coding Interview
This is the most recommended book for programming/coding job interviews because it contains frequently asked questions from various tech companies. I strongly suggest you go through all the problems, 189 in total given in this book to refresh your knowledge. It should be the first book you read because by reading this you will automatically gain all the experience you need to crack a technical job interview. The author has worked on famous tech companies like Google, Apple and Microsoft and familiar with the in and out of their job interview process, which makes this book an invaluable resource for all programmers preparing for tech jobs.

10 Books to Prepare Technical Programming/Coding Job Interviews

2. Programming Interview Exposed
This is one fo the first book I read on programming job interviews, before that I wasn't even aware that there are books to help you crack technical job interview. Like the previous book, this also contains questions from various important topics for coding interviews e.g. binary tree, linked list, string, SQL, networking, problem-solving and puzzles. If you have to buy just one book then buy the previous one, which is more up-to-date but if you can afford, this book will also help you to learn and understand coding problems better.

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3. Algorithm Design Manual
This is just a terrific and amazing book on Algorithm, it's the best book you can expect to crack some of the toughest programming job interviews in the book e.g. Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Amazon, and Apple's technical jobs. The book contains questions based on algorithms and data structure and if you can solve them by your own, you are fully ready for job interviews. It also contains some solved question which teaches you how you can apply algorithms to solve real world problems. In short, one of the must buy the book for programming job interview.

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4. Elements of Programming Interviews
This is another essential book for preparing programming job interviews. It is one of the rare complete books which covers coding, data structure, algorithms, and problem-solving. If you are preparing for startup jobs and job on reputed software companies e.g. ThoughtWorks, Amazon, Twitter then this book will provide a good material for preparation.

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5. Programming Pearl
This is one of the oldest books to prepare for technical job interview, but as they say, "Old is Gold", this book is truly remarkable on teaching you fundamentals of computer science and programming. Some of the classic questions from this book e.g. sorting 1 million integers with very less RAM are still popular. This book is not a replacement of any good algorithm book e.g. Introduction to Algorithms or Algorithms 4th Edition but it complements them. It is also a very interesting book to read so you won't fall asleep while reading this in your commute to the office.

6. Java Programming Interview Exposed
This is the must read the book if you are preparing for Java programming job interview. Since Java interviews not only focus on coding and programming but also on Java fundamentals, knowledge of Java API e.g. JDBC, Java Collection Framework, JVM Internals and popular frameworks like Spring, Hibernate, JUnit etc. This book helps you to prepare for all those apart from standard coding and data structure and algorithm questions. The book is good for both junior and senior level Java developer job interviews.

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7. Coding Interview Questions
This is the book from one of my favorite author Narasimha Karumanchi, which is also the author of one of the best data structure and algorithm books for Java programmers, The Data Structure and Algorithm Made Easy. You will a lot of frequently asked Coding questions from Tech job interviews on this book. Author has also done a great job on explaining the solution, their time and space complexity and how you can improve your solutions by applying tried and tested techniques.

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8. Dynamic Programming for Coding Interviews
This is another good book to prepare for programming job interviews. This book solely focuses on Dynamic programming techniques for problem-solving. The authors of the book Meenakshi and Kamal Rawat has done a good job on explaining how you can use dynamic programming and recursion to solve a problem e.g. how do you compute 80th term of a Fibonacci series. The book is also fun to read.

9. Algorithms for Interviews
This is another good book for a technical job interview which will not only teach you about standard algorithms but also how to use those algorithms to solve a particular problem. They give you step by step guidance on applying a known algorithm to solve unknown problems. This book is particularly useful for candidates preparing job on big tech giants which focus on innovation e.g. Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Amazon, ThoughtWorks, Intel etc.

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10. SQL Puzzles by Joe Celkos
The SQL queries are an integral part of programming job interviews and this book has some of the best SQL query challenges you will ever see. Once you have gone through the puzzles given in this book, you should be comfortable to deal with any kind of SQL queries on interviews e.g. join based, aggregation, functions and correlated subqueries.

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That's all about some of the best books to prepare for technical interviews for programming Jobs. The list includes books which will teach you all essential topics for interview e.g. data structure and algorithms, system design, algorithm design, SQL, dynamic programming, programming language e.g. Java as well as the soft skill required to crack a programming job interview. The first two book in this list are must read for any level of programmer e.g. both fresher's and experienced because it will refresh all essential topics for software development jobs.

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