Approved by Google HC, Rejected at Resume Screen by Cisco

Jun 28, 2018 25 Comments

I found out this past Monday I had been approved by Google HC for L3 SWE role. About 20 minutes after this I got an email from Cisco rejecting me at resume screen stage.

I'm bringing this up not to shit on Cisco, but just so that people out there know that being rejected by any company doesn't really mean all that much. If I had received that email from Cisco in a different context, I might have taken it to mean that I was a shitty programmer and not good enough to work in this industry. All it really meant is that my background was not what they were looking for. It said nothing about me as a programmer, and certainly nothing about me as a person.

Keep the faith and good things will happen 😀

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  • New / Eng
    tc || gtfo

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    JPMorgan Chase
    tc || gtfomore
    I expected this post to be a rant about Cisco, but you put it well. Shows your maturity. Good luck!
    Jun 29, 2018 5
    • Microsoft UMbR31
      We're all here, we can still make it a rant on Cisco. The thread is still an open canvas.
      Jun 29, 2018
    • New / Eng
      tc || gtfo

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      tc || gtfomore
      Sorry I was referring to OP.
      Jun 29, 2018
    • Microsoft UMbR31
      OP is way too civil and mature for Blind.
      Jun 29, 2018
    • New / Eng
      tc || gtfo

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      JPMorgan Chase
      tc || gtfomore
      Haha.
      Jun 29, 2018
    • OP
      Lol
      Jun 29, 2018
  • Facebook / Eng TCYOE
    Lol I received FLAG offers, but was rejected by Microsoft. Interview decisions aren’t all objective.
    Jun 28, 2018 4
    • Capital One / Product
      youtellme

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      youtellmemore
      What's a "FLAG" offer? Never heard of that term before.
      Jun 28, 2018
    • Microsoft Sct909
      Fb, LinkedIn, Amazon, google
      Jun 28, 2018
    • Microsoft / Eng 5ch@r
      Impressive! I hope I can get my leetcode game to that level.
      Jun 28, 2018
    • Clearstream.TV restandves
      Can I ask how many yoe and how many leetcode did u do?
      Jun 29, 2018
  • Oscar / Eng
    tc/gtfo

    Oscar Eng

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    Hi. I am real and I am pretty friendly. Just here for some happiness.
    tc/gtfomore
    Well fuck Cisco then.
    Jun 28, 2018 0
  • Amazon jhfd46xh
    Interviews are very subjective. I got rejected (whether at resume or phone screen) by LinkedIn, Mathworks, IBM, ThoughWork, and some other that I don't even remember the name, but got accepted by Amazon and Google. So never let a rejection disappoint you, nor let it define your level.
    Jun 29, 2018 0
  • PayPal John$now
    Thanks for the post..really need this kind of motivation at this time
    Jun 28, 2018 0
  • Amazon / Eng Urchin
    Thanks for the inspiration. But let's be honest. This thread is partially about shitting on Cisco.
    Jun 29, 2018 2
    • OP
      Tbh, my first reaction on getting that email was lol, fuck cisco. My second thought a little bit later was that it was a reminder not to have a big head and recognize the part that luck and timing played in getting me to where I am now.
      Jun 29, 2018
    • Cisco cs-m74
      And Cisco deserves every bit of it, also being honest. This place is a joke.
      Jun 29, 2018
  • Microsoft Meh_Meh
    When you need some motivation, read the story of Jack Ma. http://www.businessinsider.com/alibaba-founder-jack-ma-on-rejection-2015-2
    Jun 28, 2018 1
    • SK hynix / Eng Memory Sol
      That guy had nothing to lose.
      Jun 28, 2018
  • Salesforce KCfh70
    Cisco's recruitment is a joke. I was a top performer working there for a couple of years. Left job for studies. Was rejected for internship as well as phone screen for full-time. Phone screen wasn't even tough and went well. But got rejected.
    Jun 29, 2018 0
  • New / Eng
    albion

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    albionmore
    I once got an offer from Cisco and rejected it. Six months later, I get an email declining to interview me... for the exact same position I turned down.

    I emailed back saying no, I didn’t apply in the last 6 months and I rejected you guys the last time. The recruiter replied “oh wow we had no idea”

    Brainless. Cisco is right next to IBM on the tier list.
    Jun 29, 2018 0
  • IBM xdij88
    May be they knew you were too good for them and didn't want to waste time
    Jun 29, 2018 0
  • Few companies don't know how to retain/attract good talent. That's why Cisco is not Google :)
    Jun 29, 2018 0
  • Microsoft BingThat
    Congrats on the Google offer. Usually a recruiter (and in many cases HM too) spends < 10s reading a CV. Microsoft recruiters spend ~6s per resume. Getting Google offer is big, so Cisco missed out.
    Jun 29, 2018 0
  • Cisco rkHq23
    Thx brah
    Jun 28, 2018 0