Mastering Behavioral Interviews for Software Engineers


(16 ratings)


3 Days


Cohort-based Course

Grow from the Stories of Your Past: The Software Engineer's Path to Behavioral Brilliance.

Job placements in 2023


Course overview

Land your next engineering role with personal growth.

Mastering behavioral interviews is as essential as acing technical challenges. Even system design and coding questions weave in a behavioral element.

At the core of any behavioral interview lies the search for candidates who embody a growth mindset. Mere boasts of past victories or future promises won't suffice. The course of your journey needs to showcase real growth, born from challenges and the wisdom of experience.

It's the evolution in your story that counts.

I launched my career at the onset of the dot-com bubble burst, swiftly learning to harness the waves of growth, feedback, and learning from missteps. Leveraging these insights, I rapidly rose to a principal engineer role. These principles later steered me to lead massive teams at Microsoft, Yahoo, and Walmart Labs.

We all encounter hurdles and critics, but few have the right mentors to guide them. In 2023, I mentored 22 software engineers and leaders into new roles, some reentering the field after a hiatus. Now, I'm distilling these experiences into something uniquely personal for you.

In this intensive 2-day, 6-hour course, I'll equip you with tools to delve into your past and extract growth lessons. Grounded in these insights, the course equips you with strategies to effectively articulate your strengths and navigate through complex interview scenarios, focusing on adaptability, problem-solving, and ownership. It addresses common challenges like team dynamics, handling negative feedback, and discussing sensitive experiences.

Embark on a transformative journey that will reshape not only your approach to interviews but also your entire perspective on your software career.

This course is the guide you've been missing.

You'll learn:

- How to process past conflicts

- How to navigate sensitive topics

- How to discuss layoffs and firings

- How to discuss your areas of growth

- How to use my signature STAR+ method

- How to improvise with difficult interviewers

- How to understand your behavioral patterns

- How to communicate your growth trajectory

- How to share your strengths without bragging

- How to present yourself as a desirable candidate

- How to break the problem in interviewer friendly way

- How to integrate team experiences into your narrative

- How to discuss conflicts and negative feedback with maturity

- How to demonstrate effective collaboration and communication

- How to demonstrate company culture during coding and system design

Who is this course for


You're a Software Engineer (Mid-level, Senior) preparing for interviews, focusing on demonstrating your growth as a valuable team member.


You're in an IC Leadership position - Tech Lead - Staff - Principal - Distinguished Engineer - guiding engineers at startups and large tech.


This course is not for people managers. I have another course for Engineering Managers. Refer to the courses under my profile.

What you will get out of this course

Building Optimism for Interviews

Strategies to foster a positive mindset and confidence before interviews.

Story Preparation Using My Signature STAR+ Method

Learn how to effectively structure and articulate your experiences using my signature STAR+ method, enhancing your response impact.

Demonstrating Company Culture Fit

Strategies to effectively convey alignment with a company's culture, teamwork ethos, and growth mindset.

Reducing Bias

Insights into recognizing and mitigating biases during the interview process.

Discussing Conflicts Without Blaming Others

Techniques for honestly and constructively talking about conflicts in a professional setting.

Growth from Conflict

Reflect on a key conflict in your career, extracting valuable lessons and demonstrating personal development.

Conflict Resolution Skills

Learning how to approach and resolve conflicts, turning them into opportunities for personal and professional growth.

Navigating Conversations Around Negative Feedback

How to discuss negative feedback in a way that highlights your growth and understanding.

Talking About Layoffs and Firing

Approaches to discuss layoffs or terminations from previous roles in a positive and professional manner.

Preparing Questions for the Interviewer

Guidance on formulating insightful and meaningful questions to ask interviewers.

This course includes

2 interactive live sessions

Lifetime access to course materials

3 in-depth lessons

Direct access to instructor

Projects to apply learnings

Guided feedback & reflection

Private community of peers

Course certificate upon completion

Maven Satisfaction Guarantee

This course is backed by Maven’s guarantee. You can receive a full refund within 14 days after the course ends, provided you meet the completion criteria in our refund policy.

Course syllabus

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  • Week 1

    Jan 23—Jan 25

    Week dates are set to instructor's time zone


    • Jan


      Day 1

      Wed, Jan 24, 1:00 AM - 4:00 AM UTC

    • Jan


      Day 2

      Fri, Jan 26, 1:00 AM - 4:00 AM UTC


    • Module 1: Essentials of Behavioral Skills

    • Module 2: Crafting Your Engineering Journey

    • Module 3: Representing Yourself

    • Q & A - Ask Me Anything

    • Module 4: Behavioral Aspects of a Technical Interview

    • Module 5: Navigating Team Dynamics

    • Module 6: Authentic Responses in Professional Settings

    • Q & A - Ask Me Anything

    • Resources


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Meet your instructor

Taha Hussain

Taha Hussain

The Engineering Career Coach - Transforming Software Engineers into Top 10% Talent.

20+ years of experience leading product engineering teams at Microsoft, SAP, Yahoo, and Walmart. Known for coaching top-performing engineers, landing jobs after layoffs, and hiring extensively, my expertise lies in recognizing and nurturing software engineering talent.

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Course schedule

5 to 7 hours
  • Tuesday, January 23, 2024

    5:00 PM - 8:00 PM PST

    Live session

  • Thursday, January 25, 2024

    5:00 PM - 8:00 PM PST

    Live session

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