Failed Airbnb hackerrank screening test

Microsoft nyqE17
Sep 16, 2017 29 Comments

I recently took the Airbnb hackerrank test and was rejected saying that I can try again after 1 year. I was using an IDE to type up the solution and it crashed in the middle and I had to retype most of the code again. Few test cases were failing due to a copy paste error and I had to submit the code as the time was up. I got the failing test cases working within 5 mins after the timer ended. If it wasn't for the crash, I would have made it. I sent the working code to the recruiter in an email immediately.
Since there were failing test cases in the original submitted code, I am guessing that nobody looked at the code and it was an automatic rejection. I feel that if this was a phone interview I would have easily made it.
I replied to the rejection email explaining what happened and requested for a 15 min follow up call with someone in the hiring team. Still waiting for a reply.
I really feel that I can be a great fit at Airbnb.
I got through the Google interview and we are working on team match. I also have the Facebook and Uber on-site interviews coming up. I was really hoping for at least an on-site interview with Airbnb.
What would you folks advice? Is there a way to get another interview/test chance or shall I move on?

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TOP 29 Comments
  • Glassdoor xlalfn
    You failed the interview. You mailed them that your ide crashed. You are still waiting for reply. What is exactly that you want from us? Reassurance that everything will be ok? You already have 2 interviews. Fuck airbnb. And move on
    Sep 16, 2017 1
    • Microsoft nyqE17
      OP
      Thank you for your reply.
      The point of my post is to figure out if there is another way to get another chance at Airbnb without waiting a year. I am assuming that I will not get a reply to "hey my IDE crashed" email as it sounds like an excuse.
      Sep 16, 2017
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    • Microsoft nyqE17
      OP
      Makes sense.....All the very best for the on-site!!!
      Sep 16, 2017
  • Amazon ScFu06
    Don't they tell you practice a little on hackerrank first?
    The ide on hackerrank is fine for interview questions.
    By using your own ide you have made yourself more problems than needed. Why would Airbnb care that you decided to ignore the ide provided to use your own then you had problems
    Sep 16, 2017 3
    • Microsoft nyqE17
      OP
      I think you are right. I shouldn't have used my IDE. Will keep this in mind going forward. They gave the option to do phone interview or the hackerrank test. I also feel like phone interview might be better as you can explain your approach and thought process. I understand that It may vary from person to person.
      Sep 16, 2017
    • Lyft vgr
      For phone interview they do not care about approach or thought process, you have to write a solution passing tests as well.
      Sep 17, 2017
    • Airbnb NOR42
      They do not care about thought process? What do you get that wisdom from 😂
      Sep 24, 2017
  • Airbnb Haxx
    Sorry this happened. You could mention that you passed Google and think you're a really good cultural fit (this is super important at airbnb). I don't know if it would make a difference though, I don't have any visibility into what happens there.
    Sep 16, 2017 0
  • Intuit cTeW12
    Sounds like you hate Microsoft so much..
    Sep 16, 2017 1
    • Microsoft nyqE17
      OP
      It's time for a change after 5 years at MSFT 😀
      Sep 16, 2017
  • Airbnb ❤️
    Blessing in disguise.
    Sep 16, 2017 3
    • Nextdoor officespa
      Why do you say that?
      Sep 16, 2017
    • Airbnb ni
      We used to be something special before the MBAs came in and turned us into a company. Go join the next start up if you want to be special.
      Sep 16, 2017
    • Nextdoor officespa
      It’s good that AirBnB is running a real business. I don’t see what is so bad about that.
      Sep 16, 2017
  • Lyft BLgS66
    It sounds like you're already doing what you can. If you get a follow up call, focus more on how much you want to be at Airbnb than the failed IDE. If you don't get a follow up call, sorry man, that just sucks :(
    Sep 16, 2017 1
    • Microsoft nyqE17
      OP
      I think it is a good advice to focus on " how much I want to work at Airbnb"... Thanks
      Sep 16, 2017
  • Airbnb rmashburn
    You still have a chance. The hacker rank interviews are a new format and they're not perfect. We know that.
    Sep 16, 2017 4
    • Epic / Eng
      KHCx54

      Epic Eng

      BIO
      looking for a software developer role
      KHCx54more
      Do you have advice on making it to Hackerrank stage? I have an internship and a good gpa from a small school but failed the resume screen.
      Sep 16, 2017
    • Microsoft nyqE17
      OP
      @Rmashburn...... Can you please elaborate on "you still have a chance". In the rejection email the recruiter said I can try again in one year. I am assuming I won't hear back on the "hey my IDE crashed but I would love to work at Airbnb" email. Appreciate your response.
      Thanks.
      Sep 16, 2017
    • Microsoft nyqE17
      OP
      "Eng"..... I think these companies get a lot of job applications. If it weren't for"Microsoft" on my resume I wouldn't have received an interview call. I was in a similar boat when I graduated.
      Here's what I can think of:
      1. Get hold of recruiters on LinkedIn and message them explaining how much you would like to work at company XYZ. You may have to get paid membership.
      2. Get referrals from people working at the company.
      Sep 16, 2017
    • Epic / Eng
      KHCx54

      Epic Eng

      BIO
      looking for a software developer role
      KHCx54more
      Ugh, yeah that's why I really wanna get a big name for my resume so I can get whatever interview I want later.
      Sep 16, 2017
  • Facebook OuRh01
    Maybe u can beg the HR so badly for an onsite ticket?
    Sep 16, 2017 2
    • Epic / Eng
      KHCx54

      Epic Eng

      BIO
      looking for a software developer role
      KHCx54more
      Any advice on getting an interview with Facebook?
      Sep 16, 2017
    • Facebook OuRh01
      find someone to refer you.
      Sep 17, 2017
  • Apple 12345🤠
    Why so set on Airbnb. They are not going public anytime soon. Go with FB or google as safe options or Uber as a higher risk higher reward option
    Sep 16, 2017 2
    • Pinterest hodoooooor
      Actually that's very false. I heard Chesky said they were planning to IPO in 2018 or 2019.
      Sep 16, 2017
    • Airbnb ni
      You must have heard this in 2015 or 2016. He always says 3 years from now.
      Sep 16, 2017
  • Nextdoor officespa
    Come work for us instead
    Sep 16, 2017 0
  • Two Sigma / Eng
    Archon

    Two Sigma Eng

    PRE
    Google
    Archonmore
    If it's not meant to happen then it won't happen and don't be too upset about it....You already have good options and if you don't like G/F/U then try it again next year.
    Sep 16, 2017 0

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