Cracking FG

Cisco Meh313
Jun 30, 2018 24 Comments

I have always wanted to work at FB and Google and these two are my dream companies. I have calls from FB and Google and these two are dream companies..I am not a pro at leetcode like some folks who can finish off hard problems in 30-35 mins..i had interviewed for Google around dec2015 and the on-site in Jan.. I didn't get through although one positive sign was that coding questn 3 round barring the first round were managable, in fact I was able to finish the code (may be I missed some corner cases).. first round was some algo design and I struggled a lot and came up with multiple ideas but couldnt reach a solution.. system design guy came 15 mins late so that round was left in kind f middle without any conclusion.. anyways I had heard that Google always gives good feedback but I never got any.. recruiter kept on repeating there was no specific feedback. I even asked if they had any negative comments coz I wanted to really make sure I get it right next time, but none.. now that I have calls I really want to esnure I give it a good shot.. specific question for FB n Google pros, I)how many questions is one expected to solve entirely per round ii) what is the level of questions leetcode wise hard , medium..
Thanks in advance

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  • Facebook lnstagram
    Worked at both.
    Coding round usually consists of 2 problems. One warm up and the other is the real one. Solving the first one is about 30% of success. Explaining the optimal solution for the second brings you to 50% chance of positive feedback. Providing some pseudo code or coding the most challenging parts raises the chances of passing to about 70%. Coding everything up and catching edge cases and bugs leads you to 90%. And to nail it completely, give some feedback on how the interviewer could made the problem more interesting/challenging and just be nice, not arrogant:)
    Jun 30, 2018 13
    • Facebook lnstagram
      go/myghire
      Don’t you know?
      Jul 1, 2018
    • @instagram, you prep’d for almost a year?
      Jul 1, 2018
    • Facebook lnstagram
      Yes. Where pure leetcoding took about 4 months of everyday studying, and before that I practiced on misc online contests. But it well worth it: got a bunch of offers, and G interviews seemed average.
      Jul 1, 2018
    • Marvell Edit
      @instagram: how did you study system design?
      Jul 1, 2018
    • Cisco Meh313
      OP
      @instagram thanks for the detailed advice.. I think I need to work on the timing, for easy medium, med-hard problems, I think I don't have a huge problem with arriving at a solution but timing it to finish in 20 mins is a challenge.. anyways leetcoding it is..😁
      Jul 1, 2018
  • Pitney Bowes λ
    Google never gives feedback. Finishing the code isn't necessarily a good sign. That's the bare minimum. Plenty of people do solve the question with complete, working code, and still get rejected.

    If you don't come up with a solution at all for a question, that's a huge red flag.

    Read cracking the coding interview, practice leetcode. Also, no offense, but your post is kind of rambling and had a lot of improper grammar. If you show poor communication skills in the interview, that will also count against you so you may want to work on that.
    Jun 30, 2018 2
    • Cisco Meh313
      OP
      Thanks a lot.. sorry wrote this on my phone and was in a haste.. but it's a constructive feedback in any case..it's a bummer that Google doesn't give feedback..
      Jun 30, 2018
    • Amazon / Eng
      SmartAF

      Amazon Eng

      PRE
      Google
      SmartAFmore
      And also you should avoid giving reasons for not doing something right. If you did it over your phone you should take a look at it again and double check your question and giving a reason to sound like it was not your fault makes people distrust you.
      Just giving you feedback, I'm not trying to offend you.
      Jul 1, 2018
  • Microsoft sqlguy
    Your dream is to sell ads and undermine privacy? Maybe you need better dreams
    Jul 1, 2018 3
    • Facebook BRTt65
      Like helping ICE!
      Jul 1, 2018
    • Microsoft sqlguy
      Nice straw man, sorry if I hurt your ego by dissing your team.

      If MS’ whole business model was helping ice I wouldn’t work there, but that story was much overblown. Selling ads is literally the whole model of those two companies. I can’t imagine more unfulfilling work.
      Jul 1, 2018
    • Microsoft POTATOES!
      Yeah, most people just follow TC, but a huge reason I stay at msft is most of our $$ is actually selling software and devices...
      Jul 1, 2018
  • Cisco Meh313
    OP
    TC 210k.. yeah trying to put in as much time as I can after work.. hopefully this time I would be better prepared..
    Jul 1, 2018 1
    • OSIsoft Qwhgcb
      All the best for your hardwork and for interviews
      Jul 2, 2018
  • Apple Lionel!
    What is current TC? 2.5 years would be a huge blow to what you could have made. That feeling sucks especially with getting seniority at G and their amazing refreshes. Don’t mess up this time! Spend 20 hours a day preparing if needed
    Jul 1, 2018 0

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