Any 0.5x'ers here who ended up "making it"?

New tItz57
May 31 41 Comments

i just graduated with no offers. resume is lackluster, only secured final round interviews at amazon, google, and jane street out of 300+ applications sent, all of which i failed. i think i could have gotten more interviews but i only started applying in december 2018 since i was working 30 hours a week on top of 4 classes at school. i went to one of the top 5 cs colleges, and im confident im better than most applicants from some no name shitstain school in the midwest, but compared to ppl from my school and similar schools, im a .5xer at best. planning on spending the next 3 months grinding out LC and reviewing course material to apply early next hiring cycle. not sure what i should do since im feeling pretty overwhelmed. any other 0.5xers who got their shit together share their experiences?

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TOP 41 Comments
  • Facebook ⭕w⭕
    you're not really in a position to talk shit about midwest schools when you graduated without any offers lmao, sit down and be humble.
    May 31 7
    • New tItz57
      OP
      didnt have time first semester senior year due to work to properly apply, second semester was a clusterfuck of rejections and me dealing with my dad going through chemo, though i didnt use my time effectively during that semester and had issues with anxiety and depression. also isnt the whole point of this post me being a 0.5xer compared to my peers lol.
      May 31
    • Facebook ⭕w⭕
      Just be glad you didn't spew that nonsense in an interview, you'd be a strong no hire for clearly demonstrating yourself as someone who comes up with excuses after excuses instead of owning up to your mistakes; trying to gain pity by bringing up your dad is just sad.
      May 31
    • New tItz57
      OP
      yes i brought up my dads cancer anonymously for pity xd he asked how, i merely responded with the reality of what i was going through.
      May 31
    • LinkedIn 黃帝
      I hope I never work with you
      May 31
    • Apple Hansel2
      It’s hard to decide if you have a stronger inferiority complex or superiority complex. Go write 20 times each day on blackboard- “my schools ranking does not matter, my resume does” till u get it. No ones hiring your school, they’re hiring you, so I’d get off that high horse if I were you.
      May 31
  • Amazon NoHQ75
    Graduate from shitstain Midwest Univ here. News flash: nobody cares where you went to school. Yes maybe it matters in business/finance or other disciplines, but in tech it hasn't mattered one bit for me. Sorry you racked up a bunch of student loans for nothing 🤷‍♂️
    May 31 4
    • New tItz57
      OP
      in state so not a lot of loans, would you say many ppl from ur school got offers to amazon?
      May 31
    • Microsoft jYaE43
      What public school (because you mentioned in state) gives you such a high opinion of yourself?
      May 31
    • Intel plump
      Maybe GaTech
      May 31
    • Uber zhdbwb
      They literally train interviewers here not to pay attention to graduating university or previous companies because it biases you against strong unconventional candidates and towards bad candidates who look good on paper. Fuck your prejudice OP
      May 31
  • Microsoft / Eng kbsbkxb
    Graduated CS from what you would, I'm sure refer to as a shitstain public university. Parent during school, full time job, 15-18 hours a semester, president's list. Worked my butt off because I knew it mattered. And I did interview prep on top of it.

    I have a job and have zero issues developing algorithms, white boarding or communicating in an interview to nab multiple offers. Even right out of college.

    At this point, you have zero right to be such an elitist prick. You are definitely below most candidates regardless where they went to school.
    May 31 2
    • New tItz57
      OP
      yes and i did not work my butt off which is why i posted. r u just mad i called midwest shitstain schools bad or do u rly think ur the rule, not the exception.
      May 31
    • Microsoft / Eng kbsbkxb
      Considering that Microsoft, Google, Facebook, etc hire from grads at my school, I'd venture to say good hires is typically the rule.

      We rarely ever have someone not have a solid offer from a top company before graduation. Someone like you is generally the person who rode on the coattails of their classmates just to pass, at my university. Not mad at all, but you have mega issues you should work through.
      May 31
  • Microsoft megamanX
    “Shitstain midwest schools”... yeah, like Chicago, Purdue, Northwestern, Illinois, Michigan, Washington St Louis, Wisconsin, Minnesota and many others 🤣🤣🤣

    And since I work at Microsoft, I’ll tell you right now that us “shitstains” make up a large chunk of employees

    Have fun flipping burgers
    May 31 0
  • Microsoft MSFTBRO
    Why are college grads with no jobs allowed on Blind?

    That’s what I wanna know. I thought Blind was for professionals..
    May 31 0
  • Apple / Eng xUEdsjT
    Pay attention hiring managers, don't hire people like this. 0.5x'er, slacks off, makes shitty excuses, insults people and schools, can barely write coherent sentences. Yet still feels entitled to a top 1% TC because of his school name. Clear mental issues.
    May 31 1
    • Google WVXD02
      No he almost certainly failed the coding. All those interviews and no offer? He's just aiming too high.
      Jun 1
  • Amazon hot 🍞
    Man, I would never hire this guy, what a stupid piece of shit.
    May 31 0
  • New UHtz31
    so you would rather be unemployed than be employed with a less competitive base and a less interesting scope of work?

    LOL😂
    May 31 5
    • New tItz57
      OP
      i wouldnt be improving myself if i took the return offer and it would get in the way of me actually working on something that would improve my skillset. basically a few minor feature changes on outdated software over the course of a year, and a lot of inefficient meetings and monotonous qa work. for 60% tc of what most people can expect from a good entry level job.
      May 31
    • New
      _PhD

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      _PhDmore
      Actually I did that. I choose to pursue learning at that time.
      May 31
    • New / Eng
      🔥HODL🔥

      New Eng

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      BIO
      I'm a generalist soft eng who loves to work on hard tasks and open-source. I have experience in many domains (low-level, web, data science, security, etc.).
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      inb4 recruiter question: "why did you stay jobless for such a long time? (i'm not hiring you)"
      May 31
    • Microsoft s2bexmsft
      the point of getting a job is to make your next job easier to get. you're either trolling or an idiot
      May 31
    • New / Eng
      🔥HODL🔥

      New Eng

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      BIO
      I'm a generalist soft eng who loves to work on hard tasks and open-source. I have experience in many domains (low-level, web, data science, security, etc.).
      🔥HODL🔥more
      Considering their poor spelling and grammar, I'd bet on stupid troll.
      May 31
  • LinkedIn stuffy🐷
    Did you bring that attitude to the interviews? That’s why you didn’t get those offers.
    May 31 0
  • Uber / Eng q1earnings
    Terrible mindset about school kid. There's a large percent of FAANG with no degree at all, zero school. I'd say that's even better than degree because they saved money and time and make the same money at the end of the day because career started earlier and no/little school debt.
    May 31 2
    • Bloomberg FlightRisk
      Does Uber hire people without degrees?
      Jul 11
    • Uber / Eng assd
      Yes including me
      Jul 12
  • Twitter fsk7492
    You should have taken the job offer
    May 31 3
    • New tItz57
      OP
      youre probably right, just dont know if i have the mental capacity at the moment to work on top of spending time outside of work to properly work on myself since i barely got through school with grades i was satisfied with when i was working. currently gradually building up to studying 6-8 hours a day on various topics and getting in 1-2 hours of exercise and getting in the habit of doing cs to actively improve my skills rather than when i "have" to.
      May 31
    • Amazon Cducs
      Wow you’re in for a life of pain if you chose this industry and don’t want to spend non-work time to improve yourself. I mean there are plenty of jobs out there like that, probably the offer you turned down. All of the tech companies are going to require that if you want to succeed.
      May 31
    • Twitter fsk7492
      That first job will at least get you a call back and an interview from your target companies. Having 0 exp 1 year later will be harder. GL.
      May 31
  • Dropbox / Eng
    TylerCr

    Dropbox Eng

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    Jun 1 0
  • Google WVXD02
    Maybe you suck? Graduated from a no Midwest school debt free and I had no issues getting good offers on my first attempt. You're probably just not very bright. Try lowering your expectations a little.
    Jun 1 0
  • Oracle pzd
    OP I have a feeling that being 0.5xer among your cohort is the least of your problems. Please work a little on your attitude, and learn how to write well and communicate effectively.

    Just to reiterate, I don't think you are a 0.5xer. Address the real problem.
    May 31 0
  • Amazon kQlJ07
    Idk if I’d consider myself a 0.5xer cause I know how to work when it’s needed and I’d consider myself above average intelligence but I literally smoked like at least 4-5 grams of weed almost every day my final semester of college and basically did nothing (minimum credit hours) and still got and did ok in interviews.

    One thing that may not have been smart of me is that I wanted to keep partying and being a shithead and so I took the first non shitty offer I got, but I love my team and where I am now.
    Jul 23 0
  • Bloomberg FlightRisk
    1) I don’t like all the hate the OP is getting.

    2) Some people have dangerously low empathy levels.

    3) Picking on the Midwest is always funny.

    4) Grad school is the solution to all of OP’s problems.

    5) Jane St still hasn’t given me any feedback after the phone round even though I rocked both questions and test cases.

    6) It’s obvious that the OP didn’t insult all Midwest schools, just referred to a nebulous group of shitty schools that are located in the Midwest. Or did you not notice the distinction. Those of course are real places by the way.
    Jul 11 0
  • Microsoft pMqT16
    Yeah, I'm from a shitstain Midwest school. We've noticed that school isn't actually predictive of five year success, and adjusted recruiting accordingly. Why are you confident you're better than most applicants? I'm an interviewer, and could never tell you where the candidate went to school. I don't even pay attention to that part of the resume.
    Jun 1 0