4/4 onsites are rejections (posting for a friend)

Mozilla berrygood
Aug 14 27 Comments

My friend TC: 214K + options 3YOE
My TC: 157K + bonus 3YOE

My friend is a leetcode god. He aces (and actually enjoys) coding tests like Hackerrank, tech screens, and general leet code interviews. He practically flies through the process to the onsite- where he has gotten 4 rejections so far. The only thing we can think of is the social- but how does he overcome that?! Any help and tips needed.

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  • Cisco ThBeatles
    Go for the next one and make it 4/5
    Aug 14 3
    • Mozilla berrygood
      OP
      Awwww fingers crossed man. He has a bunch more lined up in the future but he is worried something is really wrong and won’t be able to ace them.
      Aug 14
    • Cisco ThBeatles
      I wouldn't recommend anything else. Also, if this is in the Bay Area, most of the techies are socially awkward and probably that's not the reason for the rejection.
      Aug 14
    • Mozilla berrygood
      OP
      That’s good encouragement. You’re right. Maybe the companies he is targeting in the Bay are more of the social mid-up types, but he really wants to work somewhere with good culture..
      Aug 14
  • New / Strategy
    Porsche996

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    Social code bruh.
    Aug 14 2
    • Mozilla berrygood
      OP
      Great but like he is very good socially and a truly involved person who cares about community but has social anxiety that can make him monotone in interviews. How to overcome that??
      Aug 14
    • New / Strategy
      Porsche996

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      True onsite interviews tests you how sociable you're. You can't be cold and have a happy working team.
      I would call him and take the onsite as if they were just another day with his team. Stop stressing out.
      Aug 14
  • Amazon Acopperlay
    He might not be explaining his solution correctly. Silently coding up the solution on the whiteboard is correct but not enough to pass the interview.
    Aug 14 5
    • Mozilla berrygood
      OP
      He says that he talks throughout and that they understand and accept his solution. He does have a monotone way of talking until he’s comfortable with people...
      Aug 14
    • Amazon Acopperlay
      There might be some red flag he’s consistently tripping. Like diving into code or not hand testing.
      Aug 14
    • Mozilla berrygood
      OP
      For my own knowledge, what’s diving into code and/or hand testing? He passed the interview and worked at AWS before for context also, these are all modern mid-size ones like Coursera.
      Aug 14
    • Amazon Acopperlay
      There are some common red flags that every interviewer watches out for. Red flag meaning it’s almost a definite reject if tripped.

      Ex: not explaining solution well, diving into code too quickly, not testing solution, etc.
      Aug 14
    • Mozilla berrygood
      OP
      Thanks, apparently he only tests if the interviewer asks him (and that’s what he does as an interviewer). He will go ahead and talk about testing on his own at his next one tomorrow!
      Aug 14
  • HashiCorp vrgO23
    Almost always it's due to not asking clarifying questions. That's the major difference between leetcode and real life questions. Many interview questions are setup with ambiguity to see if the candidate is thinking about acceptance criteria and edge cases. We don't want code machines, we want thinkers.
    Aug 14 0
  • BlackRock goethe
    Maybe he can open leetcode cram school instead?
    Aug 14 3
    • Dell / Eng coolcoder8
      What ?? Leetcode cram school?
      Aug 14
    • Mozilla berrygood
      OP
      Thank you for this!!! He laughed and was like “I was actually thinking of that!” Great cheer up:D
      Aug 14
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      Ask him to do YouTube videos or live stream
      Aug 14
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    • Mozilla berrygood
      OP
      I mean to say that he’s like easily passed all the video ones so far so those don’t seem to be the problem.
      Aug 15
    • Fanatics coder07
      Your friend should probably try this

      https://interviewing.io/
      Aug 15
    • Mozilla berrygood
      OP
      That is REALLY cool. Thanks for sharing!
      Aug 15
    • Fanatics coder07
      You're welcome. May I DM you? Questions on increasing efficiency of leetcoding wrt time taken to solve.
      Aug 15
    • Mozilla berrygood
      OP
      Absolutely! I will show it to him :)
      Aug 15
  • New wEMi22
    Did your friend ask for feedback? I’ve also felt like I’ve aced interviews and then had rejections, which left me baffled. Sometimes, they come back with valuable feedback.

    There’s an unimaginable number of things that can go wrong, though: interviewer didn’t like an approach, felt uncomfortable, jealous, racist, agist...I’ve heard it all.
    Aug 14 1
    • Mozilla berrygood
      OP
      He did and we will see if he gets it back.
      Aug 14
  • Zillow Group flames
    Leetcode is just one part of the equation, behavioral, system design, knowledge, experience and skills are the other parts
    Aug 15 0