FAANG Recruiter called to reject and accept me?
I'm so confused. I was applying for ML Scientist position at a FAANG company earlier this week, then the recruiter for the req called me.
First, he seemed to made a big issue that I don't have a CS background even though it's an ML scientist position and not pure SWE. I guess having top tier papers at ML conferences don't count and he kept asking me how much I code for my work.. like all the time?
After saying I'm not a good fit, then he says my profile is strong and would like to get me into the loop. So I guess my ML papers mean something now?
At this point I'm thinking, clearly you think I'm worth something if not you won't be calling me. But at the same time making a fuss that I made a bad choice in what degree I did for my bachelor's degree? Also keep dissuading me by saying the coding bar is very high... and he couldn't clarify that. Unless it's FB leetcode hard in 20min or Airbnb/Pinterest SWE, I can handle it. Then when I let slip that I have other FANG interviews (and I do), he was so surprised. Also I checked the req during this conversation, and I got rejected flat out.
So I am rejected or not? Can you guys figure out what this recruiter wants?