Did anyone do the grind and still not get in?

New ynvc88
Jan 22 34 Comments

Like did anyone do mock interviews and Leetcode prep etc and still get rejected at all the FAANGs this is my first time running this rat race so alot of it is new to me but so far been rejected from LinkedIn, Hulu, and Amazon. I guess I only need one to say yes but so far this kind of sucks.

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TOP 34 Comments
  • Paychex Hyz
    Never give up. No one got it from the first time. If you really want it keep working on it and you will get in someday
    Jan 22 3
    • Facebook maryjblind
      Trust your instincts! - Peppy, 1999
      Jan 22
    • Facebook maryjblind
      But yeah it ain’t easy and it helps to know someone there but yeah
      Jan 22
    • Microsoft / Eng Max401k
      Do a barrel roll!
      Jan 23
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    • Instacart / Eng
      Not!Elliot

      Instacart Eng

      PRE
      Amazon, Google
      Not!Elliotmore
      I thought that’s what he did by interviewing at LinkedIn?
      Jan 24
  • Yes.

    I studied a lot and did mock interviews last year. Interviewed with both small and big companies, but realized there was actually not much pattern to the interviews across companies (some companies focus more on algorithms, others on product sense, other on resume, other on behavioral, other on community skills). But at least now I know the depth and breadth of what they look for better than last year. With that positivity, I will be doing round 2 of job change mission this year.
    Jan 22 1
    • Intel EwhH71
      In a similar situation, all the best to you! Go get 'em!!
      Jan 22
  • Big Switch Networks / Eng script
    After 20 failed interviews (all time) I got an offer from Uber a year and a half ago. Hard work pays off.
    Jan 22 3
    • Dropbox / Eng 100k🔗🐼
      Wait why are you not there?
      Feb 3
    • Big Switch Networks / Eng script
      Accepted a counter offer. It was a mistake.
      Feb 3
    • Dropbox / Eng 100k🔗🐼
      Womp
      Feb 4
  • Microsoft wiywyai
    I've managed to get into Amazon first time with no prep and next time failed to get in with LC prep also. There is a matter of luck, your brain on the day etc. Don't lose hope ... Try again next year ! Also do bunch of real interviews with smaller companies before your FAANG . It beats mock interviews any day.
    Jan 22 0
  • Dell 8<
    It took me 2 years to get an offer after 10+ onsites.
    Jan 22 5
    • Blizzard others
      Were are you at now?
      Jan 22
    • Dell 8<
      Google
      Jan 22
    • Microsoft xbythjg
      Congratulations. What level did u join Google at? You’re an inspiration
      Jan 22
    • Dell 8<
      L3. My mistake was not doing enough mock interviews.
      Jan 22
    • Dell 8<
      Or maybe just luck.
      Jan 22
  • A10 Networks ieudud
    You're just a hop away
    Jan 22 2
    • Pandora vrjdrwbla2
      Let's say OP can do a series of leetcode problems (worth 0.01 hops each) or practice interviews (worth 0.2 hops each). How many unique ways can OP complete the remaining 1 hop to land their dream job?
      Jan 22
    • A10 Networks ieudud
      Let's put it differently. The interview is a very chaotic experience. It takes lot of practice and luck to crack one. Balance problems across all tags and keep doing in decreasing order of frequency. Soon, op will clear.
      Jan 22
  • Facebook reo
    I haven't seen this pointed out yet, but if you're able to solve leetcode problems easily, your communication style might be the missing link in your interviews.

    When you get the problem statement, ask clarifying questions and talk out loud as you formulate your strategy. Ensure your interviewer can follow your train of thought when solving a problem, by calling out what your next change to your algorithm-in-progress is and why it's worth trying/how you came up with it. If you get stuck, think out loud about what you've established so far and how you could possibly use any insights you've discovered related to the problem to derive a new strategy.

    For more advice I recommend reading "Elements of Programming Interviews" over "Cracking the Coding Interview". It has very good advice about the general interview process. I find it easier to practice the actual problems on Leetcode.
    Jan 22 0
  • You are not alone. There's the typical journey. Your time shall come too.

    Most important thing is to remember that - everyone goes through this. You MUST continue the hustle, especially when you are down. There's the key.
    Jan 22 0
  • Amazon mzyQ25
    Same boat. Got in amazon but unable to get out.
    Jan 22 0
  • New aLuu55
    I’m a self taught dev. I did some LC, no mock interviews, very little prep, and yet I still got into Facebook. I don’t know if I’m just lucky or what but I’ve never thought of myself as a particularly intelligent or talented software engineer.
    Jan 22 1
    • Amazon mzyQ25
      Whats your background? People who are trained in tougher fields like math, physics usually find tech work a piece of cake.
      Jan 22
  • Microsoft / Eng MissingNo.
    I failed a bunch of interviews despite doing a bunch of leetcode and doing well in my algorithms classes. I've found that every company is looking for different things and strategies that worked for some don't work for others. It sucks but I can always try again a few years. It's hard not to left this stuff impact your self esteem.
    Jan 25 0
  • New ktFx33
    There’s something called happenstance. Keep forcing your luck
    Jan 22 0
  • Atlassian ySHR20
    You're not entitled to a spot at large tech companies. Work your ass off and be strategic about your job hopping.
    Jan 22 0
  • NetApp LBJKD
    @Op what is the level at each of those companies? Easy/medium/hard?

    Did you cover all the algorithm topics?
    Jan 22 1
    • New ynvc88
      OP
      Mostly mediums but on retrospect I did alot of easys too I think my issue was not doing mock interviews earlier
      Jan 22
  • Amazon / Eng hdCF45
    Me! 👋🏾 barely didn’t make it through Google HC despite doing really well in all my interviews and all feedbacks positive. Apparently it was a long deliberation. Studied my butt off for months. Still hurt.
    Jan 23 0
  • GE kTnh03
    Don't forget social skills are also important. If you fly through the technical part but the interviewers find you uncomfortable to be around, that factors into the final decision.
    Jan 22 0
  • New Sluu
    Yes, but admittedly did not grind much
    Jan 22 0

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