The admissions process varies from school to school, but it typically involves some or all of these steps:
1. Written Application: Don’t think of it as a college essay. For most programs, they look for a demonstration of passion – for education, tech, coding, or other interests. Your application should be an answer to the question: "Why This Program?" If you’ve visited the bootcamp campus in person, be sure to touch base about the culture and environment. Highlight how you’d fit in, and what you would bring to the atmosphere.
2. Video Application: At some schools, you’ll find an option to use a video application rather than a written application. While that may seem scary – not everyone likes being on camera – we encourage you to take that option! It adds a nice personal element and you'll certainly stand out.
3. Skype Interview: This could include discussions, puzzles, and coding challenges. You'll be one-on-one with a member of the bootcamp team. If you have their information, check out their LinkedIn or Github profile and check if you have any common interests!
4. Coding Challenge: Some programs give you a timed challenge to see how receptive you are to a fast-paced environment and to test for pre-existing skills. At the end of the allotted time, the program will close and you won't be able to edit it further. This might seem scary, but more often than not, they'll encourage you to google through issues and reach out for any help.
5. Final Interview: This is your time to shine! Be yourself, smile, and give yourself a pat on the back for getting this far. Each bootcamp has its own culture, so now’s a great time to gauge if you’re a good fit. As always, share your excitement and come with a few talking points about what you hope to get from the program.