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  • By SaraAnn Stanway
    Cloud Orchestration, Lazarus and Interning at Twilio yvTYO9hgKtXVuKlg74fAuugByS68Q7dvho1MNtwKwb6sZWZpolnqj9_iQVNrrOTcg8zX17xmp5E98_i2kTSHGV0cJ26pK8r6fNtRIMzQacD8v7_m7lDsYK4elemXJTo3yIcO4-ZU

    There are a few technical interview strategies everyone knows: communicate your thoughts, give yourself time to think, and keep calm. Absent among these, of course, is coming up entirely blank for a question. So when in the interview for an engineering internship my manager asked, “What experience do you have with distributed systems?” I took a deep breath and, cringing a little, replied, “None, yet. But I’m smart and I learn fast, and I’m interested to learn by working in one.” This was true. I’d been curious about the subject for a while, and figuring it wouldn’t hurt to try, had worked up the courage to apply to a role for which I didn’t hit every “ideal qualification” checkbox. (Take that, tech gender gap!) And to my surprise and relief, I moved forward – all the way to San Francisco, to a spot on Twilio’s Cloud Orchestration team.

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