Question from a nervous newbie software dev - How long should you wait to set up your first technical interview? Spoke with a Sourcer that provided much info and I want to give myself adequate time for prep. I’m pretty much starting from scratch when learning Algorithm and Data Structures. TYIA!

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You may take as much as time you need. Normally your recruiter won't have a problem for this if it's not like 3 months or so, otherwise he/she'll kindly ask you to apply again after your preparation. For your case, 4-6 weeks would be ok. But my personal suggestion'd be prepare at least 6 months on data structures & algorithms before applying FAANG companies.

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Thank you for your advice; I’ve been weighing the decision to pull myself from this process to prepare for a few months on Algo & DS because, I believe, I’ll need more then 6 weeks. It’s just a bit disheartening being given this opportunity and then having to turn it down. I don’t want to leave a bad taste in Google’s mouth, if you know what I mean.

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