FAANG Recruiter called to reject and accept me?

Undisclosed FaAngG
Oct 4, 2018 9 Comments

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?

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  • Axtria nyc!
    Yes, most tech companies make a big deal about not having a CS degree. They don't understand with the pool of knowledge around, one can actually learn all that shit by themselves if one wants to. They are stupid, just move on.
    Oct 4, 2018 3
    • Undisclosed iVX372
      Not true. I recently had SWE onsite interviews at Google, Airbnb, Square and Uber with a shitty liberal arts college degree and 1.5 YOE. FB recruited me without applying, and I failed the phone screen
      Oct 4, 2018
    • Axtria nyc!
      How did you manage to get all those calls with no CS degree?
      Oct 4, 2018
    • Bloomberg iVX372
      One word: referrals. I also had good side projects and worked in many different technologies at early stage startups during my 1.5 YOE. I asked several SWE friends to review my resume, which was probably the most perfect 1 pager I'll ever have, as my experience becomes more extensive.

      My only mistake was not LeetCoding, and using "Cracking the Coding Interview" as my only prep
      Oct 4, 2018
  • Undisclosed klGW4h7
    You are rejected. Keeping you in the loop means if a match comes up in the future, he would consider you again. Pretty much a nice way to say goodbye.
    Oct 4, 2018 0
  • New uNSi04
    Didn't Google just say that they removed the degree requirements?
    Oct 4, 2018 2
    • Axtria nyc!
      Not sure about Google but Microsoft didn't call me inspite of referrals. And then later the recruiter was trying to tell me that I am not good enough for the position because they are technical positions, are coding heavy, and being a non-CS degree holder he wasn't sure if I understood the level required for them.
      Oct 4, 2018
    • New uNSi04
      They will eventually learn
      Oct 4, 2018
  • Amazon Looksq
    Your papers mean shit. You are rejected!
    Oct 5, 2018 0