One great way to get into the FAANG companies is via freshman and sophomore internships. Top tech companies offer these internships only for first- and second-year students, and they are a great backdoor in. Some of these programs are directed at underrepresented minorities, while others are open to anyone.
Because students haven’t been through the full computer science curriculum yet and are just beginning their studies, the interviews are significantly easier. However, applicants do still need to have a very solid understanding of data structures and algorithms. Another thing to be aware of is that these applications close early – sometimes as early as October and November.