EM interview on Monday @ Google

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Mar 14 57 Comments

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.

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  • Salesforce 0dark30
    TC 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
    Mar 143
    • Amazon / Eng
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      OP
      True. I have nothing to lose. But I would like to do well. After all this is Google.
      Mar 14
    • Facebook Moth
      320K is really low TC for someone with 7 years experience as an EM. Your base + target bonus will be around 275K at other places. Without stock. Even if you don’t get the google job, I strongly suggest exploring other roles.
      Mar 14
    • Amazon / Eng
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      AmazonEng

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      OP
      Yes. My next two years are coming up to 375K but that’s mostly stocks that have not vested.
      Mar 14
  • Microsoft
    wyba qnbab

    Microsoft

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    wyba qnbabmore
    Wait. What were ur numbers when you were hired at Amazon? Coz after so many years 320 sounds low
    Mar 146
    • Amazon / Eng
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      AmazonEng

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      OP
      I was hired at Amazon 2.5 years ago. 155K base, 120k 1st year sign on, 100k 2nd year and 420 RSUs that has more than doubled. I have ~575K un vested. Due to 160k base cap, my base isn’t going up any faster.
      Mar 14
    • Microsoft
      wyba qnbab

      Microsoft

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      Ah. So when you joined your total comp was around 300k for 1st year?
      Mar 14
    • Amazon / Eng
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      AmazonEng

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      OP
      Yes
      Mar 14
    • Microsoft
      wyba qnbab

      Microsoft

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      wyba qnbabmore
      Congratulations 👍
      Mar 14
    • Microsoft
      wyba qnbab

      Microsoft

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      I’m in the same boat as you. Have a google interview in the next 1 and half month
      Mar 14
    • Amazon / Eng
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      AmazonEng

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      OP
      Cool. Good luck.
      Mar 14
  • Amazon HxQn24
    How did the interview go?
    Mar 201
    • Amazon / Eng
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      AmazonEng

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      OP
      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.
      Mar 20
  • Salesforce VGhC63
    Please let us know how it went ..
    Mar 141
    • Amazon / Eng
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      AmazonEng

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      OP
      Will do
      Mar 14
  • Amazon / Eng
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    AmazonEng

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    OP
    As a manager you are evaluated in multiple angles. I don’t know if you have to be a TT, but definitely trending towards HV < you <= TT.
    Mar 150
  • Amazon / Eng
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    AmazonEng

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    Intel, Bloomberg
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    OP
    Should I be focusing on something very specific like Trees, Graphs, DP? Or should I just brush up more on the System Design
    Mar 1414
    • Facebook Ugh-Fidji
      Yes. M1 but they’re talking to me about M2 roles also.
      Mar 14
    • Microsoft
      wyba qnbab

      Microsoft

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      So what kind of CS fundamentals? No algorithmic interview questions?
      Mar 14
    • Amazon / Eng
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      AmazonEng

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      OP
      Awesome. Recruiter said I am evaluated at L6 which I think is M2. So makes me wonder how much I should focus where?
      Mar 14
    • Facebook Ugh-Fidji
      L6 is M1.
      Mar 14
    • Amazon / Eng
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      AmazonEng

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      Intel, Bloomberg
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      OP
      Oh really. I didn’t know that. I thought there was an L5 manager which was M1. Is it M0 then?
      Mar 14
    • Facebook Ugh-Fidji
      Yeah. L5 is M0.
      Mar 14
    • Amazon / Eng
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      AmazonEng

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      OP
      Okay. Could you give some more insight into your onsite without breaking the NDA!
      Mar 14
    • Facebook Ugh-Fidji
      What questions do you have? You already captured the gist of it. 2 Design, 1 Coding, 2 Behavioral.
      Mar 14
    • Amazon / Eng
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      AmazonEng

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      OP
      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.
      Mar 14
    • Facebook Ugh-Fidji
      I didn’t think the behavioral interviews were conducted well. The questions were a little vague and the interviewers rarely followed up with precision questioning. I feel like I get much better signal when I conduct interviews.
      Mar 14
  • Microsoft gfba68
    Do EMs not write any code at all at Amazon? I would just say spend a few hours practicing.
    Mar 145
    • Amazon / Eng
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      AmazonEng

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      OP
      Not a requirement. During my first year I forced myself to help my team out. But my Sr. SDEs preferred my focus elsewhere. And my scope has grown and I do management well.
      Mar 14
    • Microsoft gfba68
      Most of my code is bug fixes or POCs for features I want to pitch to leadership to get funded
      Mar 14
    • Amazon / Eng
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      AmazonEng

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      OP
      Yes I did that as well until 2017 when my scope increased and got no time to do that either.
      Mar 14
    • Facebook Moth
      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.
      Mar 14
    • Amazon / Eng
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      AmazonEng

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      OP
      Agree. That’s where my success has been. Both in my current and my previous orgs, I’ve been recognized to do that and written papers and training material for other managers.
      Mar 14
  • Microsoft
    wyba qnbab

    Microsoft

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    Also, did you get refreshers during your experience at Amazon?
    Mar 144
    • Amazon / Eng
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      AmazonEng

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      OP
      Yes after 2 years
      Mar 15
    • Microsoft
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      Microsoft

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      Awesome. Congratulations. When they gave you refreshers how did they calculate?
      Mar 15
    • Amazon / Eng
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      AmazonEng

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      OP
      Don’t know honestly but they made sure my TC is going up and not the other way ;-)
      Mar 15
    • Microsoft
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      Microsoft

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      Congratulations 👍👍👍... do you have to be a super awesome performer as in exceeds expectations to get more after 2 years? I’m sorry for more questions
      Mar 15
  • Facebook Moth
    The coding bar isn’t super high. They want you to show that you could once have passed their coding bar.
    Mar 143
    • Amazon / Eng
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      AmazonEng

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      OP
      I don’t understand!! Like come up with an optimal solution in discussion and I could code pathetically on the whiteboard ?
      Mar 14
    • Facebook Moth
      Its ok to be rusty and make some syntax errors, not know the right api for something, etc.
      Mar 14
    • Amazon / Eng
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      AmazonEng

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      OP
      Gotcha, that makes sense.
      Mar 14
  • Wayfair / Engdidlaser
    I'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.
    Mar 141
    • Microsoft
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      Microsoft

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      How was the coding phone screen? LC medium?
      Mar 14
  • Microsoft pollpull
    I would practise writing recursive and DP programs. Good luck. Keep us posted.
    Mar 141
    • Amazon / Eng
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      AmazonEng

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      OP
      Thanks for the tip. Will do. Have been trying the tree and graph traversals.
      Mar 14
  • MathWorks cJ8oNw
    What is "management sessions"? Really curious since I am a lowly IC 😂
    Mar 141
    • Amazon / Eng
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      AmazonEng

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      OP
      Behavioral in other words ;-) Either ask from the experience or give hypothetical situation is what my guess is.
      Mar 14
  • New / Eng
    Amazon B.O

    NewEng

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    Amazon, Zillow Group
    Amazon B.Omore
    Did you hear back ?
    Yesterday0
  • New HAwl88
    Did you hear back? Same boat
    May 50
  • Amazon blastOff
    Did you hear back?
    Apr 10
  • Amazon HxQn24
    You ever hear back?
    Mar 250
  • Microsoft pollpull
    Are you level 6 at Amazon?
    Mar 140

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