I am kinda nervous about my onsite for Monday. 1 coding, 2 system design and 2 management sessions.
I am fairly confident about SD and management. Very rusty on coding. I know my DS and Algos but not written code in the last 5 years.
Googlers or anyone that recently went through an onsite for EM : Any advice for the last 3 days to boost my confidence.
Recruiter just sent the itinerary for Monday and the reality is setting in lol.
I definitely want to do well and get the job.
YOE: 17 (7 as EM)
TC: 320 mainly due to stock inflation.
- Salesforce 0dark30TC 320k and you're nervous? worst case scenario..you fail all interviews Monday and still go to work Tuesday with a pretty good paying job -_- #stressful
- Wait. What were ur numbers when you were hired at Amazon? Coz after so many years 320 sounds low
- Should I be focusing on something very specific like Trees, Graphs, DP? Or should I just brush up more on the System Design
- How much of the questions were about your current position or projects? For the behavioral in Amazon, STAR method is recommended but I have read google expects to the point. So should I talk about the backstory or avoid it and let the interviewer know I can elaborate if needed.
- Do EMs not write any code at all at Amazon? I would just say spend a few hours practicing.
- Other companies want their managers to make the whole team successful. Your time as a manager is much better leveraged in hiring someone who can code as well as you or in coaching up someone on your team to do the coding you were doing, freeing you up to do other, more impactful, things that ICs can’t do.
- The coding bar isn’t super high. They want you to show that you could once have passed their coding bar.
- I would say mixed. I had a great day nevertheless. Management sessions were pretty good. One system design was awesome, interviewer was so engaging. Other system design was specifically super ambiguous. Worked with him for about 30 minutes to understand what is it we are really solving for and then gave a brute force approach that could work. I couldn’t tell what to make of it. The coding interviewer changed in the last minute and the guy gave me an interesting problem, nothing from leet code or hacker rank or anything. But a very good problem that’s really hard to solve. We spoke about brute force approach in a greedy way. Talked about complexity but couldn’t complete coding. Wrote the structure of it though in the Chromebook.
Recruiter was super friendly and spoke to me later that evening and she just emailed me to schedule time on Friday as feedback have started trickling in. Don’t know what to make of it. The lunch session with the hiring manager was super good as well. One of the interviewers was a director and we connected really well sharing stories of our management styles.
Worst case, my best interviewing day even if I fail it. I haven’t been challenged this way in years.
One feedback would be, instead of 45 minute interviews if it had been 1 hour, I would have had a more than fair chance.
Now fingers crossed for Friday.2d0
- Wayfair / EngdidlaserI'm going through the same thing now. I passed the coding phone screen. On site coming up soon. Super rusty. Hacker ranking about an hour a day.
- I would practise writing recursive and DP programs. Good luck. Keep us posted.