Finally after 25 interviews I have 2 offers!

PayPal ahiieb&@
Apr 3 76 Comments

Finally made it, below is the list of companies I was rejected by

Dropbox -3 times
Box
Realtor
eBay - 2 times
Facebook - 4 times
Google - 3 times
Lyft
Funding circle
DoorDash
Instacart
Airbnb
Game time
LinkedIn
Uber - 3 times
Adobe
Updater
Upwork
Ancestry

New TC - 230k
YOE - 5 yrs

Edit : got offers from Walmart and Microsoft! Still thinking about which one to take but my aim was to encourage people to never give up!

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  • Cisco vqgr40
    Wow, how much LeetCode did you do? How long did this all take?
    Apr 3 1
    • PayPal ahiieb&@
      OP
      1.5 yrs. I’m not an engineer hence no leetcode
      Apr 3
  • Wells Fargo hsLy13
    Congratulations, this needs real commitment. Kudos buddy!!
    Where do you get offers??
    Apr 3 1
    • PayPal ahiieb&@
      OP
      Added to my post!
      Apr 3
  • Twitter chutya
    Never say die! Thank you for sharing. Very encouraging.
    Apr 3 1
    • PayPal ahiieb&@
      OP
      Thank you for your kind words!
      Apr 3
  • Credit Karma sjwftw
    Analytics is brutally competitive. Much easier to get a software engineering job. :)
    Apr 3 9
    • Oracle / Eng prep
      I doubt tht. Any one can do engineering job but analytics is a specialized skill and hence less competition
      Apr 3
    • Credit Karma sjwftw
      There are like 25 majors that feed into analytics. Only one major feeds into coding skills.

      At any tech company there are at least 3-4x as many engineers as analytics.

      You do the math.
      Apr 3
    • PayPal ahiieb&@
      OP
      I agree with @credit karma.
      1.We need to be good at Sql and visualization.
      2.Answer case studies and understand basics of machine learning/ stats.
      3.Be good at presentation and communication skills
      4.Then comes behavioral and cultural fit
      5. Sometime probability and estimation
      6. Understand the product flow, revenue model of every company u interview
      Apr 3
    • Amazon 63784747
      All those stats are BS for FaANG. Interview difficulty is bigger factor in most cases.

      Also what do you mean by analytics is specialized skill? Which skill is not specialized? TBH I’ve seen so many people moving from Biz Analysts to Data Scientists to Research Scientists and they were not example of most brilliant people I’ve met.

      Also, now-a-days no one works alone in big
      companies. When Amazon hires an analyst, we’re not looking for a top-school-PhD or Professor material that can do independent analysis and find deep magical insights. They usually operate with lots of people, managers, and follow predictable and established processes. In many cases they run lots of SQL queries.
      Apr 3
    • Amazon 63784747
      Also, one major feeds into Engineering is way wrong. There are people from all sorts of engineering and even non-tech are trying to become SWEs.

      Also, as I said if people don’t meet bar then they don’t get hired just because we need more engineers.
      Apr 3
    • Credit Karma sjwftw
      At the same level of TC, software engineers are the least qualified of any professional I can think of.
      Apr 3
    • Amazon 63784747
      That’s just negative way of saying: SWEs are paid most for equivalent qualification. I can’t disagree with that 😉

      You are welcome to try!
      Apr 3
    • Amazon 63784747
      And you know what WLB is fabulous. I work like 10 hours per week 😁
      Another 5-10 hours explore topics those interest me like ML, Distributed Systems, Puzzles, meetings, and taking interviews of wannabe SWEs :)

      It’s the epitome of sinecure!

      It’s much more fun than being the SQL guy of the team!
      Apr 3
    • Credit Karma sjwftw
      Amazon no doubt. Swe is a much better career.
      Apr 3
  • Visa hKiTGo
    Congratulations!
    Apr 3 0
  • Oracle pzd
    Congratulations. Kudos for sharing not only success but also failures. You made my day. Thanks 😊
    Apr 3 0
  • Amazon 63784747
    Congrats! Curious, why didn’t you try Amazon?
    Apr 3 3
    • PayPal ahiieb&@
      OP
      Amazon and Apple. I applied multiple times but never got any interview call
      Apr 3
    • Amazon 63784747
      Got it! Does Uber have any restriction on retrying? How were the gaps between your Uber interviews?
      Apr 3
    • PayPal ahiieb&@
      OP
      For the same team 1 yr. I interviewed 3 times in 9 months but for different teams. Once ATG, payments and then rides.
      Apr 3
  • Intel / Eng bobwho?
    Wonder how did you take time off for interviews? Did you do these 25 interviews over 2 yrs?
    Apr 3 2
    • eBay eBoo
      Don't reveal such info dude. There are managers on blind.
      Apr 3
    • PayPal ahiieb&@
      OP
      Deleted my comment!
      Apr 3
  • Apple MattyD
    Congratulations
    Apr 3 0
  • Kohl’s zxystw
    what is your current role at paypal ?
    Apr 3 4
    • PayPal ahiieb&@
      OP
      Can’t say, sorry!
      Apr 3
    • Kohl’s zxystw
      is paypal that bad ? you have been interviewing > 1 yr..I was asking about role as in eng, ds, analyst etc.
      Apr 3
    • PayPal ahiieb&@
      OP
      Not really. I am stuck in a bad team and non supportive manager!
      Analytics
      Apr 3
    • PayPal chowkidar
      Then you must be under Yogesh. Good luck and really inspiring post. #neversaydie
      Apr 5
  • Oracle / Eng prep
    How can you fail multiple times with same company?

    Did you job hunt span more than a year?

    Kudos on your persistence. Congratulations 🎉

    Which company btw?
    Apr 3 3
    • PayPal ahiieb&@
      OP
      About 1.5 yrs. interviewed for different teams at Facebook, Uber and Dropbox.
      Apr 3
    • Oracle / Eng prep
      So finally which company are you joining
      Apr 3
    • Microsoft ufhudv
      I thought Facebook has a year of cool down before you could interview again. Is that not true if you interview for another team?
      Apr 3
  • Intel / Eng bobwho?
    Awesome. Perseverance at best. Please do help the community with questions asked that were general assuming it’s not under NDA. Congrats!
    Apr 3 2
    • PayPal ahiieb&@
      OP
      I am probably not the best but more than happy to discuss if anyone needs insights on any of the above company interviews.
      Apr 3
    • Intel / Eng bobwho?
      There is lot more to learn from you than any one else. You know exactly what it takes to get to that success level.
      Apr 3
  • Cisco bitset
    Microsoft and Walmart both in Bay Area?
    Apr 3 2
  • Akamai Technologies Bboi
    What role?
    Apr 3 2
    • PayPal ahiieb&@
      OP
      Analytics manager!
      Apr 3
    • Akamai Technologies Bboi
      Cool👍🏻
      Apr 3
  • Texas Children's Hospital anxiously
    Congrats. How long did you wait for the offer from MSFT after initial interview?
    Apr 3 2
    • PayPal ahiieb&@
      OP
      End to end 3 weeks!
      Apr 3
    • Texas Children's Hospital anxiously
      Were you asked to sign NDA first or presented an offer first? Can you please describe what the progress you got in action center?
      Apr 3
  • Wipro
    JohnnyCa$h

    Wipro

    PRE
    Apple
    BIO
    Citizen and democrat
    JohnnyCa$hmore
    How many onsite interviews have you attended in 1.5 years of job search?
    Apr 3 1
    • PayPal ahiieb&@
      OP
      These are all mostly onsites. Phone interview I don’t even have a count now 😢
      Instacart, Airbnb and lyft - no onsite
      Apr 3
  • NTT Data Skippy07
    Hi, what are the skills/tools you use as part of your analytics background?
    Apr 3 1
    • PayPal ahiieb&@
      OP
      Mostly sql, tableau but occasionally R/SAS. MS Excel and PowerPoint
      Apr 3
  • Cerner :-: :-/
    I think I read you are not joining as Engineer. Would you share your profile or bit more about job role

    Is it Management or Analyst or Data Science, etc
    Apr 3 1
    • PayPal ahiieb&@
      OP
      Analytics manager!
      Apr 3
  • Amazon Leigh
    How come Amazon wasn’t on the list? 😜 congrats as well!
    Apr 3 1
    • PayPal ahiieb&@
      OP
      There was one time when amazon actually reached out but I was so demotivated and upset that I didn’t respond! 😜
      Apr 3
  • Goldman Sachs nahidegi
    What role?
    Apr 3 1
    • PayPal ahiieb&@
      OP
      Analytics manager!
      Apr 3
  • Goldman Sachs iab
    What an encouraging post! Congratulations on the offers. Could you share your preparation stats (leetcode, mock interview etc)?
    Apr 3 1
    • PayPal ahiieb&@
      OP
      One thing I did was after every interview I went back and gave a thought what was the interviewer trying to ask, why was I not able to see the bigger picture and get the hints. Did some mock interview with friends and realized my answers and solutions sounded more like poetry rather than a conversation. I’ve started to think why the interviewer is asking any particular question, what is he/she trying to check?
      Apr 3
  • Congratulations. where do you get offers at?
    Apr 3 1
  • Walmart.com djdhend
    Awesome ! What role is it in Microsoft ?
    Apr 3 0
  • eBay eBoo
    Congratulations dude. You deserve it..
    Apr 3 0
  • Cisco bitset
    Congrats
    Apr 3 0
  • Akamai Technologies Bboi
    Congrats! Way to persevere!
    Apr 3 0
  • Western Union 30ssss
    Good work. Congratulations 🎉🎉
    Apr 3 0
  • New / Mgmt VSwf01
    I don't know it to be happy or sad for you.
    Apr 3 2
    • PayPal ahiieb&@
      OP
      😊
      Apr 3
    • Oracle / Eng prep
      Definitely Happy as it has a happy ending
      Apr 3
  • Facebook YBcl04
    Awesome, there are no failures, only feedback!
    Apr 23 0
  • SAP $AP
    congrats & fully respect your efforts
    Apr 6 0
  • Facebook cochococho
    Congrats OP!
    Apr 3 0
  • Adobe jmx!
    Wow. Congrats!
    Apr 3 0
  • Groupon OldVirus
    That’s great. Must be a good feeling of redemption. Congratulations now go enjoy the success of your hard work.
    Apr 3 0
  • Salesforce treenode
    Congrats!
    Apr 3 0
  • Clever Devices / Eng nzbU08
    Congratulations! Well deserved after all that perseverance!
    Apr 3 0

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