Failed interviews in sequence for all FANG and other companies

Veritas galaxie
Jan 16 28 Comments

I recently gave interviews at many companies for the senior software engineer roles. Few did not get past the phone or online test like dropbox, amazon, splunk. Others where I got through first round happen to fail in onsite in 6 other big companies. When I retrospect myself I see the way I'm explaining on a language construct or system design is not well received. Also with coding rounds giving an approach straight out of my head is also not acceptable. How can I improve myself? I feel something is going wrong. Not exactly sure how to work on them. Kindly advise.

Additional details- have 7yoe in software development

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  • First Republic SF—>
    Good job...everything starts from failure keep trying ...

    I failed my first 11interviews cracked 8 out of the next 10
    Jan 16 0
  • Amazon g8rb8
    How did you prepare?
    Jan 16 13
    • Amazon g8rb8
      You need to leetcode until you can quickly classify problems into different patterns. Good luck!
      Jan 16
    • Veritas galaxie
      OP
      Do you recommend leetcode subscription and also books like concurrent programming and effective java (just to mention worked more in java)? system design and ooad- where can I pick these for practice?also in few interviews was on the infrastructure or systems track.
      Jan 16
    • Bank of America BRjH71
      How much lc to target
      Jan 16
    • LinkedIn tendies
      900 lc should ensure success at at least some places
      Jan 16
    • Veritas galaxie
      OP
      900 lc is really crazy to achieve given other commitments in life
      Jan 16
  • Microsoft exMSFTz
    Books: PIE, CTCI, EPI (hardest)
    Jan 16 2
    • LinkedIn tendies
      Books are a waste of money. Please don't give more money to Gayle laakman McDowell. She passed Google interview without even studying (see her quora answer) then made a scam industry selling books. In reality all you need is leetcoding, geeksforgeeks, self motivation, etc.
      Jan 16
    • LinkedIn tendies
      Or if you are doing books download the PDFs - make sure the scam authors do not get any money
      Jan 16
  • Financial Engines
    zimmer

    Financial Engines

    PRE
    Oracle
    zimmermore
    Try Microsoft, PayPal n ebay
    Jan 16 0
  • Intel qgMJ28
    Also my 2cents based on friends who succeeded preparing from web is not sufficient, get down to brushing basics from relevant books so clearing your fundamental programming skills, use slack or other apps for mock interview give it good 3 months to prepare
    Jan 16 0
  • Expedia / IT
    MakAChang

    Expedia IT

    PRE
    Amazon, Yahoo, Infosys
    BIO
    13 yoe, Dev, BA, TPM
    MakAChangmore
    Don't lose heart, keep improving, luck may be around the street
    Jan 16 0
  • Intel qgMJ28
    I can then recommend few more tips
    Jan 16 1
    • Veritas galaxie
      OP
      Yes please. It's for senior software engineer roles.
      Jan 16
  • Microsoft / Eng YKtY52
    Kudos to you for sticking with it. You'll get there!

    Also, take heart in the fact that you got interviews. Many people don't even get a phone screen, and of those only a small portion get on site interviews.

    So, you're closer than you think. Keep working at it and you'll get there.
    Jan 16 0
  • New Gabber
    Unless you have rich experience in Algorithmic problems / System Design , you cannot just crack these interviews if you have not prepared extensively (unless by luck).
    Appears to me that your preparation was just not there.
    Jan 16 0
  • Paysafe kojawk
    Pretty much just experienced the same thing as you. I think I might apply to less companies next time arround to be able to focus more on each of them.
    Jan 16 0
  • Intel qgMJ28
    What functional role were you applying for ?
    Jan 16 0
  • PayPal / Eng pokero
    It’s all part of the game. Keep playing it though you might win
    Jan 16 0