Getting into Netflix

VMware bububu
Aug 18, 2018 63 Comments

How to get interviewed at Netflix?
While GOOG and FB invite pretty much everyone, N seems to be very selective. A few years ago I managed to fail (!) initial phone screen with a recruiter girl. I tried applying again later, but no one responded.
Also - is it possible to work there as SWE and not get involved with the Java stack? If not C or C++ I can do Golang - I hear they use it.

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  • Airbnb mLNn4g7Z
    Maybe the problem is you use terms like “recruiter girl.”
    Aug 19, 2018 38
    • Amazon / Eng onMyWay
      Hey mL, glad you’ve decided to no longer ignore the hard questions! Welcome back to reality!

      No following around, same thread actually. I see you’ve continued your substance-less discussion style, which is disappointing. When you want to grow up, let me know ;)
      Aug 19, 2018
    • Airbnb mLNn4g7Z
      Such a cute little puppy dog. Poor lonely little guy. Fetch!
      Aug 20, 2018
    • Flagged by the community.

    • Spotify WizzAir
      When I play basketball, I sometimes gets slapped on my face when I go for a layup. I know the opponent intended for the ball, not my face, so I don't get mad, it's not intentional. On the other hand, if some random dude just slapped my face during a meeting at work, then I'd report to HR.
      There are higher priority things I'd much rather see being changed around me than the words people use in the USA. Eg. Crappy roads in NYC, bad healthcare, dangerous neighborhoods, bad education system, low quality standard of living compared to many European countries.
      Aug 20, 2018
    • Spotify WizzAir
      Hey Ds, without that thing we as humans wouldn't even exist today. Let's be polite to one another here.
      Aug 20, 2018
  • VMware bububu
    OP
    Wow, some people are really quick with conclusions here - like calling someone a jerk. How can one take "a girl" as a sign of disrespect, or as a sign of me considering her professional role not important? I guess it tells something about you.
    But I agree I am probably not a good fit there - looks like N culture is bullshit - at least, judging by some people here.
    Aug 19, 2018 8
    • Airbnb mLNn4g7Z
      OP, you sound quite stubborn. You’re saying you don’t agree with me, and that “some people might think similar” to me, but you honestly don’t see why using “girl” would offend a grown woman. This is why you aren’t advancing in your career. You don’t take feedback well. Just my observation from our limited interaction.
      Aug 19, 2018
    • VMware bububu
      OP
      No, I understand that among these "some people" might be women who can get offended. All I am saying is that I didn't have a slightest intention to offend, or to render recruiter's role insignificant, as someone suggested here.
      Aug 19, 2018
    • Spotify asdfghjkl/
      OP - then what exactly was your intention by calling the recruiter a “recruiter girl”? Why didn’t you just call her a “recruiter”? Would you have called a male recruiter a “recruiter boy”?
      Aug 19, 2018
    • VMware bububu
      OP
      No intention really. Just slipped in, I guess. Sorry I don't employ professional editors when posting here.
      Aug 19, 2018
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      Ribosomemore
      Well from your behavior you are not a cultural fit. You failed to realize your immaturity and you are not willing to take feedback, as some folks have pointed out.
      Aug 19, 2018
  • Microsoft Bvh
    Can’t you just refer to her as the recruiter? When you call her a girl, your implying she’s a not a grown adult. She’s a woman, not a girl.
    Aug 19, 2018 4
    • VMware bububu
      OP
      Fuck, this is what he meant :(
      I didn't mean any disrespect. I guess I'm showing my age - kind of assumed any woman would take it as a compliment to be called a girl.
      But no, this could't be the reason - I didn't address her as "hey girl", or smth.
      May be I struggled with a - very stupid - question of "why you want to work for us". I thought being geographically close is good enough reason. Which is, for any reasonable person. But some people told me afterwards that I should have came up with some kind of bullshit about "changing the would", or something.
      Aug 19, 2018
    • Netflix ic-person
      I am glad filters are working. Learning to receive feedback the probably the most important quality we look for in candidates this and... not being a jerk. You fail in both counts.
      Aug 19, 2018
    • Microsoft Bvh
      He clearly needs some emotional intelligence/social skills training
      Aug 19, 2018
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      Ribosomemore
      You need more intellectual and emotional maturity.
      Aug 19, 2018
  • Netflix Atomicrobo
    Based on what I’ve read here, you’re not a culture fit. Your skills will not even come into consideration without it. Read the culture deck. We don’t hire brilliant jerks.

    You may attest to your brilliance but the way you communicate attests to you being a jerk.
    Aug 19, 2018 3
    • Netflix / Eng OKyY23
      I don't see him being jerkish, at least not in the OP.

      The talent screens are Netflix are different from other companies though. Even without him being a jerk, they touch on various elements of the culture deck which may have excluded him.
      Aug 19, 2018
    • Netflix Atomicrobo
      I agree about the first post but through the rest of his communications he degraded in my eyes. This may have been a pattern the “recruiter girl” (ugh) notes and deems him not a fit.

      That being said, the response of wanting to work at Netflix was due to location would have been enough of a concern to knock him out, at least from me as an HM.
      Aug 19, 2018
    • Netflix / Eng OKyY23
      Yeah I agree. As an HM here, I couldn't live without my talent partner lol. So for him to diminish the importance of their screen probably indicated he isn't a fit too, now that I think about it.

      And yeah the rest of the communication on the sub threads was definitely subpar.
      Aug 19, 2018
  • Netflix Nqac32
    As to the Java question: yes, there are other languages used on the server side. Depending on the team, it would be possible to work primarily in e.g. Go, but it would behoove you to be able to understand the Java parts and be willing to dip into them as well.
    Aug 19, 2018 0
  • Amazon WACC
    People underestimate how tough it is to get a job there. For non-tech roles, Netflix is tougher than Google, Facebook, Dropbox.
    Aug 19, 2018 0
  • Facebook kEeN82
    Guess it depends on your role and their openings. I had the opposite experience of being recruited for a couple teams over and over again over the years, but not interested. Then wound up at FB for a role that’s better suited to me
    Aug 18, 2018 1
    • VMware bububu
      OP
      GOOG and FB keep inviting me for interviews every 1.5 years, but I keep failing these interviews.
      N - I cannot even get an interview there. Seems odd.
      Aug 18, 2018
  • Netflix / Eng OKyY23
    At Netflix it really depends on culture fit, relevant tech experience, as well as what the team is looking for.
    Aug 19, 2018 0
  • Salesforce sZlm46
    i use chrome but i can see people using safari too. there’s more than one way in
    Aug 18, 2018 0