Failing onsite SDE interviews

Salesforce bluefish
Apr 7, 2018 21 Comments

So far I've failed 3 Facebook, 2 Google, and 1 Amazon onsite interview. Got an email from Facebook to try again, but don't have enough confidence that I can pass the interview. Do you think a mock interview would help?

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  • Facebook / Eng CRbc25
    Leetcode more
    Apr 7, 2018 6
    • Salesforce bluefish
      OP
      I've tried, but I guess I have to try more 🙁
      Apr 7, 2018
    • Facebook / Eng CRbc25
      I did about 200 problems including many medium and hard. I still failed some onsites. I recommend 300+.
      Apr 7, 2018
    • ForeSee yFoG35
      This.
      Apr 7, 2018
    • Salesforce bluefish
      OP
      Wow that's a lot. Sometimes I go over the problem in my head when I do leetcode question. Did you actually solve all those problems on paper with full answer?
      Apr 7, 2018
    • Facebook / Eng CRbc25
      I solved 90% of them on my own, for the rest I looked at hints if I made no progress within ~ 2 hours. In retrospect, this was a waste of time. Always try on your own first, but don’t spin your wheels for more than 20 minutes.
      Apr 7, 2018
    • Facebook / Eng CRbc25
      Also, auto-grader/judge > pencil and paper.
      Apr 7, 2018
  • Microsoft
    yMcg47

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    yMcg47more
    How do you fail amazon... that’s almost as easy as msft
    Apr 7, 2018 4
    • Salesforce bluefish
      OP
      I really don't know. I thought I did good. I had 15 min to do there coding part of the interview and I was able to get it done mostly within that time frame
      Apr 7, 2018
    • Microsoft / Eng bbcjgdc
      It's easy to fail their LP questions.
      Apr 7, 2018
    • Salesforce bluefish
      OP
      Not sure what is LP. I did great on leadership questions. That's what I was told
      Apr 7, 2018
    • Microsoft
      yMcg47

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      yMcg47more
      Long penis. It’s how they assess comp.

      Jk.

      If you’re from msft, amazon lp questions are really hard.
      Q:”How do you decide what features to build?”
      Msft answer:”some pm pulled it out of his/her ass!”
      Apr 7, 2018
  • Qualcomm joezazza
    I just happened to clear one of these companies. With out a doubt, doing multiple mock interviews is the best way to overcome this. I did multiple a week and to simulate onsite interviews in terms of keeping long hours of focus, I even did multiple a day
    Apr 7, 2018 3
    • Salesforce bluefish
      OP
      I don't have friends in tech that I can do a mock interview. Did you do it through a company?
      Apr 7, 2018
    • PyLadies YxPB67
      I'm interested as well. Did you use a mock interview service and if so, which one?
      Apr 7, 2018
    • AppDynamics / Eng
      Sfosw

      AppDynamics Eng

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      Sfoswmore
      Mock interview with friends do not help. It is a low pressure environment and does not simulate reality.

      Just curious how come you got into Salesforce. Isn't their interview as hard as Msft, Amzn. I understand G and F are harder and reserved for geniuses.
      Apr 7, 2018
  • Microsoft LostFocus
    Op, how long have you been trying? 3yrs?
    Apr 7, 2018 1
    • Salesforce bluefish
      OP
      Yes, around 3 years.
      Apr 7, 2018
  • New chadm
    You failed and they asked to interview again immediately?
    Apr 7, 2018 1
    • Salesforce bluefish
      OP
      Facebook and Google you have to wait 1 year
      Apr 7, 2018
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