400 LC Solved 2yoe Need Referrals

Sep 2, 2018 56 Comments

Hi Blinders.
I have been grinding leetcode every single day since April. Hit 400 solved this weekend. I can send my profile + resume on request. I have some solid industry experience with 2yoe. Went to a good school. Feel free to DM me.

Looking for referrals from:
LinkedIn
Dropbox
Yelp
Apple
Airbnb
Box
Quora
Tableau
Stripe
Robinhood
Palantir
Pinterest
Netflix
Salesforce
Lyft
Oracle Cloud Infra
Slack

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  • priceline.com gFxR24
    I’m grinding leetcode as well. Any tips to finish more in lesser time or a better way to go about the whole process?
    Did u just do leetcode other than work , eat and sleep ?
    Sep 2, 2018 10
    • OP
      Yes all I have done is eat sleep work LC the past 5 months. Literally. No TV shows. No video games. No movies. No partying or going out. No smoking weed. Nothing. Just LC.

      Some tips:
      -Don't treat LC as some nasty medicine. Treat it as something that will help you improve and grow. A lot of it comes down to mindset
      -Look at solutions after 25 mins if you still cannot solve. I have spent hours and hours thinking about single problems in the past without peeking and its never once been a productive use of time. If i cant get it in 20 or 30 mins, thinking about it for 4 hours has never yielded a solution not once.
      -if you have to look at the solution, write down the problem number in a notepad and make an effort to revisit after a week. I wish I had done this more because there are problems that I solved 16 weeks ago that I don't remember too well. I could be at 500+ now but this last month I have mostly focused on revisiting old problems and doing hards. Revisiting old problems is important
      -dont bother with hards that are not common and tagged. It takes many many many months or years to be able to nail new hards unless you are gifted. If you get crazy hards that no one has seen in an interview I would chalk it up to bad luck and brush it off. Most of the people solving hards in interviews either have years of practice or have seen them before. Most hards in interviews are the common ones.

      Hope this helps. Just keep grinding don't stop. Tbh if I can't get into my top choices this time, I'm gonna grind another year.

      Maybe if I get to where I want I'll make a full post with tips and reflections and flesh this out more :)
      Sep 2, 2018
    • Microsoft TeslaTesla
      I admire your dedication. You should get an offer at any place you want just for that :).
      Sep 2, 2018
    • OP
      Eh I wish.. Interviews are still mostly luck. There are still many hards a cannot solve and many mediums that still give me trouble. I could get totally screwed even with all of my prep.
      Sep 2, 2018
    • Microsoft / Eng Shfle
      Did you masturbate during that time?
      Sep 3, 2018
    • West Corporation theocean
      I am using the same strategy as op. Now 200+, not sure if I should start interviewing or finish around 350-400 problems first.
      How many hard did you do op
      D
      How many hrs or problems a day
      Sep 4, 2018
    • priceline.com gFxR24
      Thanks OP. Great advice! Hope you get what you wanted!
      I’m gonna try to follow the same routine!
      Sep 4, 2018
    • OP
      I have done about 60 hards. I spend 12 hrs a day on weekends and 4 hrs per night during the week. Anytime I'm not at work I'm doing interview prep pretty much
      Sep 4, 2018
    • OP
      Going from 200-300 was a major boost for me. Felt the extra one hundred problems really helped. 300-400 I slowed down - I solved like 30 hards and lots of DP. I still suck at DP though. :( definitely worth going from 200-300
      Sep 4, 2018
    • Microsoft / Eng Shfle
      How did you keep up with the ever increasing new questions on Leetcode?
      Sep 4, 2018
    • OP
      I do the contest every week. That helps stay on top of it and you are at least seeing and trying the new questions.
      Sep 4, 2018
  • Two Sigma tvdz
    Does solving leetcode actually mean anything to interviewers? I just looked through the problems and it doesn’t look like a good use of time to solve these.
    Sep 2, 2018 3
    • State Farm Locandro
      No but it helps pass the interviews.
      Sep 2, 2018
    • LinkedIn / Eng DMPD21
      Apparently being awesome on leetcode is the only requirement these days.
      Sep 3, 2018
    • Facebook Yuhhhhh
      Ironic because from what I remember, two sigma’s onsite contained a bunch of leetcode questions and they reused the same test bank
      Sep 15, 2018
  • Facebook sum41pwd
    Intentionally leaving out FAANG?
    Sep 2, 2018 5
    • OP
      Already have recruiters and referrals inside of G, fb, Uber, amazon
      Sep 2, 2018
    • OP
      Btw I love sum41. Grew up with them. It's a shame people don't make music like that anymore
      Sep 2, 2018
    • Applied Material HelloItMe
      Lucky. I watched the video for Fat Lip as a teen and was like "my people!"
      Sep 2, 2018
    • VMware / Eng
      vLol

      VMware Eng

      PRE
      Wayfair
      vLolmore
      Does pwd = Parkway Drive?

      (Or Linux pwd? Lol)
      Sep 2, 2018
    • Facebook sum41pwd
      The latter :-), don’t try to guess my password
      Sep 2, 2018
  • Oath Mk4
    OP here. I ended up with offers from Airbnb and Uber. Both from referrals on this thread. Offer numbers and comparison is here:
    https://us.teamblind.com/s/vF3C01XL

    I went with Airbnb for numerous reasons. I may make a big post on tech lounge regarding my experience and reflections on everything. All of my prep was worth it and I'm glad I did it. 2yoe 300k tc now.

    A big lesson I learned is the interview process is 50% luck / 50% prep unless you're a genius.
    Nov 25, 2018 1
  • Spotify Isn
    Where do you actually want to go out of these? It’s not that productive to interview at every company, it’s better to pick a few top choice ones and a few to practice with. And a couple that give really high offers for negotiation.
    Sep 2, 2018 6
    • OP
      I didn't put any companies up there that I wouldn't actually want to work for. Idk why you think it isn't productive to do as many interviews as possible. I have already done many interviews and still I learn something new from every single one. In fact I can't recall a single interview that I walked out of without having at least learned something or identified an area of improvement for myself. Each interview is at worst a very realistic free mock interview and at best an offer you can negotiate with or potentially take. I also have made many connections with recruiters and engineers through interviewing which have been very valuable. Besides what else would I be doing? Just more leetcode anyways.
      Sep 2, 2018
    • Spotify Isn
      What is someone’s incentive to refer you when you most likely won’t accept the offer and they don’t already know you personally?
      Sep 2, 2018
    • OP
      How do you know I most likely won't accept an offer? If I can get an offer from any of those companies I would consider it seriously. And as I said earlier I am interested in working for any of those companies.
      Sep 2, 2018
    • Spotify Isn
      Assuming you get an offer from 50% of the companies you interview with, there’s only a 10% chance you’d accept any one offer.
      Sep 2, 2018
    • OP
      That's also assuming I get referrals to all of those places as well. I maybe get one or 2 referrals out of this thread if I am lucky. So far havent had anyone dm me so my hopes are not high. Best case scenario I got 1 or 2 interviews out of this. So if you were one of those who referred me I would argue chances would actually be pretty good assuming I pass which is again 50/50 at best.
      Sep 2, 2018
    • Spotify Isn
      My guess is part of the reason you’re not getting DMs is because you listed so many companies.
      Sep 2, 2018
  • priceline.com gFxR24
    OP,
    Thanks for the advice in your prev comments. How did u prepare for system design? Any particular sources which are good. Did u do a bit of reading everyday or sat and did it in like 2-3 weeks ?
    Sep 4, 2018 1
    • OP
      Read system design resources while eating. Every breakfast and lunch just put your phone next to you and read something. Also read on the bus or shuttle, before bed, while brushing teeth.. Feel like you want to watch some random YouTube video or play a game of league/fortnite? Read a system design blog instead. Wish I could read while driving. Need a system design audio book :p
      I used grokking, checkcheckzz GitHub, and system design primer. Followed lots of links from those resources and read lots of engineering blogs as well. Highscalability.com is good too.
      Sep 4, 2018
  • Square ifjnx
    No SQ? Must hate money. 😂
    Sep 2, 2018 4
    • OP
      Have a close friend inside of SQ and already in their pipeline. Thanks though
      Sep 2, 2018
    • Microsoft / Eng
      6ixGod

      Microsoft Eng

      BIO
      🍐
      6ixGodmore
      Can you refer me for square for new grad roles? Interested in iOS dev but I couldn’t find new grad applications on the site
      Sep 2, 2018
    • Vertivco / Eng Fast Papua
      I've searched extensively; couldn't find any either.
      Sep 2, 2018
    • New / Eng CyberPunk2
      Can you refer me to new grad position as well?
      5d
  • Amazon / Eng 3d
    been 20 days since you posted. How is it going far :)
    Sep 21, 2018 2
    • OP
      Got a couple of referrals out of this thread surprisingly. Passed airbnb phone will be scheduling on site next week. Got an Uber referral as well have phone next week. Haven't heard from linkedin or Pinterest recruiters. Did fb on site today I though it went decent. Will see how high their bar is. Hope I make it :)
      Sep 21, 2018
    • Amazon OMwD10
      Did you hear back from FB eventually?

      If you don't mind, what is your reflection on your preparation and the outcome? Was it effective? Is there anything that you would have done differently?

      Thanks!
      Nov 25, 2018
  • LinkedIn Pretakalpa
    I can refer you at LinkedIn. PM me
    Sep 3, 2018 2
    • OP
      Thank you, sent a pm.
      Sep 3, 2018
    • New / Eng CyberPunk2
      Can you help me out as well?
      5d
  • Airbnb CjAbxry
    Pm me
    Sep 3, 2018 2
  • Why are u leaving oath Mann 😝😝
    Sep 2, 2018 1
  • Intel acthubback
    How did this turn out op?
    Oct 19, 2018 0
  • Box here. Send me your info to boxredwoodcity@gmail.com
    Sep 5, 2018 0
  • Leetcode is a necessary condition. Not a sufficient one. I would not hire anyone just because he did leetcode.
    Sep 3, 2018 0
  • PayPal TreeBrain
    Hmu for one of the companies in your list
    Sep 6, 2018 1
    • OP
      Which company are you with?
      Sep 6, 2018
  • New MUSM33
    OP, any tips and leads? Similar situation. Need referrals!
    Mar 3 0
  • Pinterest SSaiyan
    Pm me if you still need a referral at Pinterest
    Sep 15, 2018 0
  • IBM / Other
    jantarMant

    IBM Other

    PRE
    Samsung America
    jantarMantmore
    Why leaving oath?
    Sep 2, 2018 0

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