Finished my FB onsite pretty bad

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Jul 10 16 Comments

I wanted to post my experience for Data Engineer position @ FB. First of all, the interview is pretty easy. But, unfortunately, I got the most intimidating interviewer ever I have seen in my interview experiences. Everyone posted their experiences as positive. I don't know why I felt the interviewer sit on my head the whole time. It was not collaborative at all.

Phone Interview: I thought I failed. I didn't get the hints given by the interviewer due to accent. But, they wanted me to come onsite. Solved 4 SQL and 3 Coding problems in an hour. I felt I wasted a lot of time on two SQL problems. I felt I lost the interview.
First Interview: This ruined my whole experience of the day. Had hard time understanding accent first of all. Mostly on Database design and SQL questions. 3 SQL questions and that's all. Most of the questions are related to business that I didn't prepare for. Not willing to give me enough time to think. Everything they want to hurry.
Second Interview: Good conversation with Visualization question + Two Sql + One Coding question. Fairly easy
Third Interview: Interviewer is unprepared. Late to the interview. (It is not their fault cause my interview got re-scheduled). Asks a questions and Always watching the laptop. I asked a question to clarify a very valid point. And the response was "YEAH", which shows not paying attention to me at all. SQL + one Coding (Just Pseudo code and finishing with actual code)
Fourth Interview: Very nice cool headed good listener. Interrupts only when needed.

Lunch session was unenthusiastic and unfriendly as well. I have friends interviewed with them earlier. I never heard that kind of experiences like I had. Did anyone of you had similar experiences? or Is it just my mental Bias?

Considering my experience, I felt this is one of my worst performances in my life till date. I had interview with Microsoft long back. They were more welcoming, although I didn't feel I was in their league at that time. I had good experience with Netflix (mostly talked about their Cut throat culture) as well.

BTW, I would like to add that "30% hire rate who makes it onsite". I suppose I am the unlucky one here.

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TOP 16 Comments
  • Atlassian d@t_person
    Sounds very similar to my shitty experience. Turned out for the best, as I got a higher level and TC than I would have most likely gotten at FB
    Jul 10 3
    • Atlassian d@t_person
      Plus the DE work at Fb sounds pretty shitty/boring
      Jul 10
    • Overstock.com uDuA52
      OP
      I thought this is the gateway for me to work with them and slowly move myself to DEV group, as DEs work closely with Devs. My friend had good experience with FB, but UBER bought him for Hefty price.
      Jul 10
    • Atlassian d@t_person
      Yea I’m actually trying to take similar route. Don’t worry there are plenty of other DE roles in Bay Area that would be glad to have u. You should look out for the software engineer - data positions as wellZ (like what Uber current is hiring for). Those are just DE roles with SWE title and a data focus. Maybe your friend can refer u?
      Jul 10
  • Amazon •OP
    It is easy to get overwhelmed and feel pressure on these interviews.
    It seems that although you may have had bad moments in the interview and possibly one or two bad interviewers, you carried a negativity with you from your earlier interviews. The reason I mention that is because you say "First interview: This ruined my whole experience of the day."
    Interviewers do not comunicate with each other between interviewers. Bad interview performance is just that, one instance, but it is all they have to measure by until the next time you interview. Good luck.
    Jul 10 1
    • Overstock.com uDuA52
      OP
      True. I will take that on my chin. As I said, I was able to solve all their SQL related and Coding problems without a doubt. But, that is not all they see in me. It was my bad. BTW, I have an interview with Amazon in 2 days. :-)
      Jul 10
  • Google gcbA37
    You are meeting humans not robots. So it all varies.
    Jul 10 4
    • Overstock.com uDuA52
      OP
      Do you think of me coming from non-fang non-bay area has effect on their behavior?
      Jul 10
    • Google gcbA37
      No. You were just unlucky that's all
      Jul 10
    • Overstock.com uDuA52
      OP
      That's for sure. I worked my ass off to prepare for this interview. I have other companies to interview. I had this as my top priority. Ruined it. I should have been more head strong.
      Jul 10
    • Twitch d mifflin
      Don’t beat yourself up. You did the right thing by preparing, the rest of it are beyond your control. Desire what you can control and not what you can’t control.
      Jul 10
  • VMware herathakur
    May be the interviewers are having a bad time of their life because of terrible WLB at FB.
    Jul 10 2
    • Overstock.com uDuA52
      OP
      These opportunities comes once in an year for me. An interviewer's bad day ruined my opportunity. I am used to failures in the initial stages. Going onsite and ruining it because of the interviewer is something new to me. I had sleepless nights due to travel and unscheduled PTOs. We value our time as well.
      Jul 10
    • VMware herathakur
      I can totally understand your pain. I had same experience with FB. The interviewer was totally indifferent to the interview. He gave me coding question but was not keen with any clarification questions I asked. I was able to solve questions but I am pretty sure missed some edge cases. Didn't heard back from FB of the outcome.

      Anyway from the interview experience I assumed he was forced to be an interviewer. Or may be it's the culture that they expect stressful situation in the interview. I never bothered FB after that. Although I would love to work there and make high TC. But given a choice would prefer others over FB.
      Jul 10
  • IBM xlajduf
    How did u get onsite when u failed? Does Fb needs ppl that bad?
    Jul 10 1
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      OP
      I said , "I thought I failed". Even if I did. Honestly, Why should we care? I know I can perform well in that environment regardless. I have the experience and talent to meet their expectations and beyond.
      1. They still have very interesting problems to work on.
      2. They are still one of the top paid companies in Bay Area
      3. They treat their employees well
      4. Top of the line office building and workspaces
      Jul 10