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Apple rSIi12
May 29, 2018 50 Comments

I had my google onsite today.
Out of the 5 interviews, I didn't do well on one of them. I just hit a mental block and found it difficult to make progress.
However, the other 4 interviews (2 coding and 2 system design), I feel extremely positive about.
I was able to solve the other coding questions bug-free and was able to go in depth on the system design ones too.

Maybe, this question has been asked several times...
But how would my chances look like if the actual feedback turns out as I am expecting ?

EDIT:

So the hiring committee came back asking for 2 additional coding rounds, because they felt that I wasn’t tested enough on data structures and algorithms.

I did the 2 additional over the phone, instead of doing them onsite. Both of my interviews went really well and the hiring committee recommended me for a hire.

After this everything moved really fast and I received and accepted the offer in less than a week.

The team match was done in parallel.

Offer details: L4
Base 155, 15% target bonus
Sign on 20
Stocks 450 / 4 yrs

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  • Google / Eng 🏳️‍🌈🍨
    Better to have 4 great interviews and one bad one than to have 5 mediocre ones. I had a similar thing and still got hired.
    May 29, 2018 3
    • Apple rSIi12
      OP
      That’s good to hear :)
      Was preparing for this interview for quite sometime. So hoping it would payoff.
      May 29, 2018
    • Robots and Pencils / Eng Xyqkdkf
      What does it look like? the great interview. Is that a perfect solution you come up with without making any mistake and impress interviewer and they start seeing you in awe?
      May 29, 2018
    • Apple rSIi12
      OP
      In one case, the interviewer verbally telling me that i did pretty well.
      In another one, solved the question pretty quickly. So spending the rest of the interview talking about testing strategies, and what if something was declared as this vs that
      May 29, 2018
  • New / Eng
    JillGates

    New Eng

    PRE
    Microsoft
    JillGatesmore
    I think you have a good shot. Try and keep calm and keep your head up.
    May 29, 2018 0
  • Apple fWzV20
    The hiring committee came back asking for 2 additional coding interviews. Recruiter said they need more signals on the algo/data structures.

    I knew that I did not do well on one of the coding rounds. But didn’t expect them to ask me do couple of more coding rounds.

    Anyways, I will go ahead and do the additional ones and hope to get through!


    EDIT:

    I did the 2 additional coding rounds. And they went pretty well. Probably better than the onsite ones. So hoping for the recruiter to move fast, as I have another offer that will expire by end of the week.

    Anyone who has gone through this process, what was the turnaround time for you ?

    Thanks!
    Jun 6, 2018 2
    • Amazon cXlu91
      Good luck dude! Hope you make it, you seem like a nice person
      Jun 6, 2018
    • Amazon smskedk
      When did u find out after onsite that u are proceeded to HC? After how many days
      Jan 25
  • Twitter / Eng
    TeeCee

    Twitter Eng

    PRE
    Oracle, Facebook
    TeeCeemore
    If any of the 5 went really well, you have a good shot.
    May 29, 2018 0
  • Microsoft / Eng werpAderp
    May 29, 2018 5
    • Apple rSIi12
      OP
      Did you experience something similar ?
      May 29, 2018
    • Microsoft / Eng werpAderp
      No, I’m actually teasing. Its honestly luck of the draw. I hope you get in, but it’s hard to say if you’re going to get in based on your impression on how it went.
      May 29, 2018
    • Apple rSIi12
      OP
      Yes. Ofcourse. My reading could be different from the actual feedback.
      But my question was on the line of what if 4 good/great and 1 bad interview
      May 29, 2018
    • Microsoft / Eng werpAderp
      If that’s how it went, you’re probably moving to team matching. My experience was 2 great, 2 mediocre and one total fail (I think)... they said try again later.

      From folks I know that got in, yours is a similar story.
      May 29, 2018
    • Apple rSIi12
      OP
      Thanks!
      May 29, 2018
  • Apple fWzV20
    So I am the OP here. Had to create a new username due to the app bug.

    I heard back from the recruiter today, saying that the feedback looks strong enough to proceed with team matching and HC review.

    She didn’t go into the specifics of the feedback or tell me how many positive/negative.

    However, I am bummed about the fact that she said the target comp would be 180-220 TC.

    That seems pretty low for T4.
    My current TC at apple is around 250k.

    I hope they would be able to match any other offers I might get.

    Jun 1, 2018 4
    • New / Eng
      JillGates

      New Eng

      PRE
      Microsoft
      JillGatesmore
      Congratulations!!!
      Jun 1, 2018
    • New / Eng
      JillGates

      New Eng

      PRE
      Microsoft
      JillGatesmore
      TC will be negotiated
      Jun 1, 2018
    • Oath IRxf50
      How many days later you got response ?
      Jun 5, 2018
    • Oath IRxf50
      Btw congratulations
      Jun 5, 2018
  • Applied Material med123
    I think it’s highly unpredictable... And no guarantee till you get offer to your inbox... even if you have done that 5th round well...

    My suggestion: you had done the hard work and went through one of the complex and unnecessary interview process. Just Chill and enjoy...

    Ping the recruiter once after a week and again after 2nd week..

    All the best...
    May 29, 2018 0
  • How did you prepare for System Design? Was it for large scale applications?
    May 29, 2018 2
    • Apple rSIi12
      OP
      For me it is was more of OS type system design questions, because I was interviewing for the platforms team that works on low level software for GCP

      May 29, 2018
    • Oracle redviper
      How do you interview for a specific team at google? I thought it is generic SWE interview for all.
      Jun 20, 2018
  • Chase tjPE83
    Good luck and keep us updated
    May 29, 2018 0
  • Matterport / Eng Acronym
    What level did you interview for ? L4 or L5?
    Jun 9, 2018 2
    • Apple fWzV20
      L4
      Jun 9, 2018
    • Matterport / Eng Acronym
      How many yoe?
      Jun 9, 2018
  • Amazon DlZu52
    Can you please share the difficulty level in terms of leetcode difficulty?
    May 29, 2018 2
    • Apple rSIi12
      OP
      Medium
      May 29, 2018
    • Amazon DlZu52
      Thanks. Were you asked a single question per interview or more?
      May 29, 2018
  • Epsilon / Eng Acche-Din
    Leetcode tagged questions helped?
    May 29, 2018 1
    • Apple fWzV20
      General leetcode practice will help. You are pretty sure to be not given exact leetcode questions.
      Jun 1, 2018
  • Samsung batman32
    Got any update?
    Jun 18, 2018 0
  • Truckstop.com edocteel
    Good luck man, hope you get it
    May 29, 2018 0
  • Bose kJYK64
    Reject
    May 29, 2018 2
    • Bose kJYK64
      If the one is a strong no you won't make it
      May 29, 2018
    • ResMan TaGC56
      Your comment did not age well
      Feb 8
  • Bose kJYK64
    Op how do you think you did the interviews ? What was the format ? Algo in 4 and system design in 1 , was it trees and graphs , DP ?
    May 29, 2018 1
    • Apple rSIi12
      OP
      Cant go into specifics...
      But you usually get to choose the mix.
      My recruiter got 3 coding + 2 system design setup for me
      I had an option to do 4 coding + 1 system design too

      I didn’t encounter graphs, probably because it was for a low level sw role.
      May 29, 2018
  • Applied Material med123
    Update us after the 2 interviews
    Jun 7, 2018 0
  • Bose kJYK64
    Awesome
    Jun 1, 2018 0
  • Microsoft YsTJ07
    Which level?
    May 29, 2018 3
    • Apple rSIi12
      OP
      Have not been told about the level yet.
      I guess it would be L3/L4
      May 29, 2018
    • Chase tjPE83
      How many years exp?
      May 29, 2018
    • Apple rSIi12
      OP
      4.5
      May 29, 2018
  • Op, any update?
    Jul 13, 2018 1
    • Apple dlsB42
      Yep. Original post has been updated
      Jul 13, 2018

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