Google interview just sucked my life out.

Jan 22 160 Comments

Had 5 on-site interviews today. 4 asian kids( looked like they had a couple of years experience )just beat the crap out of me with 4 leetcode hards.

I felt as if I was electrocuted, then tied to a car and dragged all around mountain view and then they cutoff one of my testicles while stuffing something into my a hole.

Hamiltonian path, dp, dp, 3d trapping rain water.

I was schooled so hard that im thinking of returning my two engineering degrees and go and live in a cave eating squirrels.

Definitely a great day that couldn't be topped until I start paying alimony.

Yoe :4 , tc: how much ever cave people make

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  • Walmart.com ToKL28
    Screw Google. Crazy complex interviews, which lead to no meaningful work and subpar pay.
    Jan 22 32
    • Google orangeface
      I am confused. Do you work at Walmart?
      Jan 24
    • Microsoft / Eng RingoS
      Lol @ Walmart employee trying to shit on Google. Walmart is at the bottom of the pile even below many consulting companies. Google is at the top. Lololo.
      Jan 24
    • Walmart.com ToKL28
      😂😂😂Microsoft, did you find this on Bing?
      Jan 24
    • Microsoft / Eng RingoS
      Lololo. Ashamed are we now?
      Jan 24
    • Facebook KaCt81
      Tbh your arrogance based on what company someone works for is the most shameful thing in this thread
      Jan 24
  • Amazon / Eng sos567
    Wow 4 lc hard is bad. I noticed generally asians ask more hard problems compared to others. Just my observation
    Jan 22 1
    • Amazon / Mgmt KYuG83
      Asian grinders like grilling people with problems you can only realistically answer through hundreds of hours of grinding, rote memorization, and a shocking lack of true ingenuity or intuition. Surprise surprise.
      Jan 22
  • New tagged
    I’ve never even heard of Hamiltonian path.
    Jan 22 8
    • Facebook KaCt81
      It's np complete why is this an interview question?
      Jan 22
    • Google / Eng
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      Google Eng

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      चाचा चौधरीmore
      Heard of traveling salesman problem? If yes, you should have definitely studied Hamiltonian path.

      Basically, Hamiltonian path visits every node in a graph, Hamiltonian circuit is Hamiltonian path that ends where it begins, and tsp is the least costly Hamiltonian circuit. Hope this helps 😊
      Jan 23
    • Facebook vdtyjnvcfg
      I think we might have found one of the guys who interviewed you ^
      Jan 23
    • Amazon PythonGuy
      Tsp is taught in almost any algorithm class. Why isn’t it fair game?
      Jan 23
    • Microsoft rfrw82
      Because TSP is np hard(not np complete as stated above since you still cannot verify in poly time if a given solution is the shortest). But hamiltonian path is not. So TSP is not fair game, HP is.
      Jan 28
  • Juniper ainwai
    Try for Uber, comparatively good hiring process and lot of stocks. After IPO you will be a millionaire.
    Jan 22 8
    • Facebook KaCt81
      Will you be a millionaire based on today's private valuation? I don't see why going public would make it more valuable.
      Jan 22
    • Amazon ldrj20
      Didn’t Facebook get more valuable after IPO?
      Jan 22
    • Amazon / Mgmt KYuG83
      Didn’t Amazon explode after IPO? And Google?
      Jan 22
    • Pinger / Eng create💻
      Didn't Snap explode after IPO? 😂
      Jan 23
    • Capital One da2de2se
      Uber also asks DP
      Jan 23
  • Google hjjn
    What are the questions?
    Jan 22 4
    • New tagged
      Are you just asking this to get those questions banned?
      Jan 22
    • OP
      Why? So that you can sue me?. That's like asking for my remaining testicle
      Jan 22
    • Google hjjn
      I don’t even know who you are. Why being so sensitive
      Jan 22
    • New tagged
      Testicles are a sensitive topic
      Jan 22
  • Mist Systems Ollly
    Remember that u r judged relative to ur peers
    Jan 22 4
    • OP
      I'd like to see those peers so that we can form a support group.
      Jan 22
    • Amazon / Mgmt KYuG83
      Not in an interview, ever.
      Jan 23
    • Amazon aHjw75
      Ya I don’t think this is true. Top companies tend to evaluate interviews individually, not relative to others.
      Jan 23
    • Microsoft mzeG28
      No, on a hiring process, you are only judged based on useless leetcode and first impressions
      Jan 23
  • New / Eng Rob1729
    It’s not their own company...

    If they are the founders, they would be more interested in getting a good engineer to build things for them.

    Instead interviewers are most interested to go on a ego trip (not generalizing, there are good interviewers too)
    Jan 22 2
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    • Google MxKP36
      You have to do it in log n time with negative space complexity
      Jan 22
    • Google MxKP36
      Your response shows why you are at FB and not Google 😪
      Jan 22
    • Microsoft HtIB24
      Ego trip spotted.
      Jan 23
  • New tagged
    Being Asian myself I have to say Asian kids are like robots. They can really study
    Jan 22 0
  • NetApp LBJKD
    Which language did you interview in C++/java/python?
    Jan 23 3
    • Juniper ainwai
      Google interviewers asked me the same question ‘what is your preferred language’, i said ENGLISH

      Rejected !
      Jan 23
    • Oath Maggu
      Lol
      Jan 23
    • OP
      Javascript
      Jan 23
  • Microsoft / Eng dKWp30
    This kind of crap makes me want to switch to a PM role.
    Jan 22 3
    • Microsoft wannabePM
      Relevant username
      Jan 22
    • VMware BobbleHat
      PM’s in google are supposed to be able to write code
      Jan 23
    • New dUNA71
      The tech part of the Google PM interview is pretty damn easy (basic system design)
      Jan 29
  • Google / Eng hooli.xyz
    Do you have a Master’s degree and have listed an advanced algorithms course on your resume? If so, then that would explain the interview difficulty.

    Here’s a secret: many Googlers are genuinely interested in algorithms and have actually read Knuth’s TAOCP front to back. So much that if they see a candidate with a Master’s/PhD in CS, that’s an open invitation to throw Knuth’s or Cormen’s book at you.

    Sad, but true.

    Myself, I’m pretty chill as an interviewer. As long as you articulate your thoughts very well, have an open demeanor, and get the meat of the problem with no hints, I’ll still give you LH even if your code is incomplete.
    Jan 23 13
    • i have done 500 + leetcode questions and algorithm 4 is still too hard for me
      Jan 23
    • Microsoft Al_69
      you can’t leetcode your way thru algorithm questions. You need to understand the fundamentals
      Jan 23
    • New / Eng Rob1729
      What’s algorithm 4 ?
      Jan 23
    • Evernote bakbak🐔
      Algorithm 4 referring to Ops post 3d trapping rain water
      Jan 23
    • New / Eng Rob1729
      thx
      Jan 23
  • Facebook / Eng ufew
    I'd hire OP. He'd be fun in work chat groups.
    Jan 23 1
    • If u hire me I can be as fun as you want , also I know how to solve 3D trapping water.
      Jan 23
  • Google / Eng jf8s3b
    got hamiltonian in a phone interview as an intern candidate. from jane street...
    Jan 22 8
    • Microsoft Al_69
      Hamiltonian cycles is a common topic in algorithms/graph theory classes.
      Jan 22
    • Walmart.com rand.randm
      Do you really need to remember what Hamiltonian cycle is ? When I have to work with graphs, I look them up in my favorite algo book. Remembering details ( especially complex ones ) in my opinion does not add value.
      Jan 23
    • Microsoft Al_69
      I agree, it doesn’t add value. But one should expect such questions during interviews.
      Jan 23
    • Walmart.com rand.randm
      I respectfully disagree, interviews are not IQ tests. Unless the role demands that spitting out Hamiltonian cycle is a must, testing some one in that is just ridiculous and not a measure of ones ability at his/ her job. I think over time we have forgotten what purpose of an interview is? Is it to gauge how well a person can be tested on a every thing under the computer science or to see if person has good skills to excel in his/her job . Obviously , you will have to rank the candidates on some criterion and pick the right one . In my previous job , we hired some one who was good in leetcode and rejected some one ( j opposed that decision , but management did not agree) . The rejected guy did pretty well in his career and the one we hired was unable to deliver anything of quality and was ultimately asked to leave within few months.
      Jan 23
    • Microsoft Al_69
      Besides measuring ons’s ability to do the job, Interviews also serve to measure the candidate’s ability to handle pressure/stress.
      Asking hard questions such as the one about Hamiltonian cycle may help the interviewer to determine if the candidate blanks out when put in a difficult situation. I’d expect a candidate to ask for details/hints, and to think out loud to see if his thought process when presented a hard question/task. A good candidate must be resourceful and not be afraid to ask questions or say IDK and ask for help when in trouble. I’d choose a candidate who didn’t know the textbook definition of a concept but is resourceful and curious to learn about it, provided he demonstrates a clear thought pattern. Blanking out at hard questions is a red flag for underperformers
      Jan 23
  • New / Eng Mldy20
    4 yoe calling others kids? 🤨
    Jan 22 3
    • OP
      I have 2 degrees and it took me 8 years
      Jan 22
    • Uber / Eng nYf6sJ
      Two BS degrees?
      You just wasted 4 yrs.
      Jan 22
    • OP
      Yeah. Turns out chemical engineering is not real engineering.
      Jan 22
  • Amazon / Eng
    Sorry you got really bad luck. As others have pointed out why bust your balls studying for a dying company? Go where there a future. Google is doing okay because ads are very profitable but think 10 years down the line. Will they have doubled in value? Google may seem elite but look from the outside. Playing catch up on cloud, alexa, smart home, shopping, etc. They no longer innovate, just copy.

    Uber, Lyft, Netflix Amazon Facebook Microsoft all have bright futures ahead. Keep studying you'll land some job.
    Jan 23 14
    • Amazon / Eng
      True I should have said they stopped making successful new products. They continue to dominate with their previous successful products but fail to capture adequate market share of new markets.
      Jan 23
    • Microsoft Al_69
      🍿🍿🍿
      Jan 23
    • New arjuna
      conflating invention, innovation, and execution. 'stopped innovating' is an absurd, cartoonish claim to level at Google. ads, search, email/calendar, video, mobile os, mobile device, smarthome, ai/sw assistant, navigation/maps, docs/spreadsheets, cloud storage, browser, rtc/telecom service, language translation, analytics, laptop computer, laptop os, photos, ... etc etc ... are categories where Google either dominates, leads, or substantially advanced the state of the art.

      the underlying infrastructure and systems are unparalleled achievements in their own right. these are not small achievements. these are massive scale, critical technology domains.

      'catch up' with aws? lol. the business that amazon 'invented' by implementing copycat technologies based on white papers published at Google? MapReduce, gfs, dremel, ..., etc. Do not confuse incompetence/dysfunction re enterprise sales with innovation. bluntly, amzn/aws 'innovation" amounts to applying scale and other basic (though valid/effective) execution tactics to scraps of real innovation tossed aside by Google (as public service) ... and some others.

      whether Google invents vs acquires major successes like YouTube, android, etc misses the point. anyone capable of 0->1 with traction, product-market fit, and so forth ... has option to join via acquisition. its the best way to join and highly recommended. why does Google identify, attract, and win these great companies? the answer cuts against criticism that Google is weak on innovation, now or at any time. the opposite, it is unparalleled in terms of scale, scope, and concentration of technological achievement.

      clearly the standard interview process for individuals is not optimized to produce major inventors/inventions like YouTube or doubleclick. It would be fundamentally looking in wrong place and futile regardless of question/interview format.

      it would be fair to say that Google's innovation apparatus, technical achievement, and concentration of talent have advanced to point that it is now risk/concern for stifling innovation elsewhere, perhaps harming society at large.

      to say that innovation has slowed or stopped at google is laughable and requires intellectual dishonesty, ignorance, or some combination. Most funded startups will never achieve anything close to adoption, capability, impact, or 'success' of products/features at bottom of Google's discard pile. in rare cases a company will develop one or perhaps multiple products/categories on par with Google's vast, expanding set of winners ... or contribute meaningful infrastructure similarly. .. programming languages/frameworks. .. commuter transit systems. .. etc, etc.

      fwiw I agree that current state of interviewing eg lc and other robotic memorization / formulaic problem solving ... is bullshit conceptually and failing in practice in terms of false negatives and false positives.

      but this point loses credibility when paired with ridiculous and hyperbolic criticism of the most innovative technology organization in modern history.
      Feb 2
    • New tagged
      Yes professor. Are you having a lecture now? Because I was having a casual street conversation and never signed up for your class.
      Feb 2
    • Amazon / Eng tylium
      You defined all the things google invented years ago, or bought or copied. Microsoft invented just as vast of a portfolio. Intel did also.

      Microsoft invented amazing shit. Yet most people on blind are not orgasming over the thought if working there.

      Most devs are using AWS over google cloud. Nobody is jerking off to working at amazon.

      Google has what these companies dont. The koolaid effect.

      The Google model worked. But its no longer working. The google brand used to command a huge customer loyalty. Apple proved that wrong. And Amazon stole shopping from them.

      The market is segregated now. Google is a winner in many markets (ones they have already captured). But they are no longer capturing new markets. So is that a good stock buy? Is there a long term future where the double in value? Can they out perform s&p500? I argue no.
      Feb 2
  • Lol they always bring out the trapping rain water.
    Jan 23 1
    • Microsoft alic
      The only water they're trapping is candidates' tears
      Jan 23
  • Flagged by the community.

    • eBay Upvm21
      what is this racist garbage? no social lives? all of them? really?!
      Jan 22
    • Microsoft lql09292o2
      Yeah just memorize
      Jan 22
    • VMware BobbleHat
      Don’t leetcode study groups count?
      Jan 23
  • Amazon dqJw06
    OP, you have to understand. The only way you get better at something is if you get completely crushed and humiliated the first time around.
    Jan 23 1
    • Walmart.com ToKL28
      😂😂😂sounds like Amazon
      Jan 23
  • Salesforce walldorf
    How do folks get so much time to leetcode :) looks like not working for company but working for leetcode pays off more :)
    Jan 22 2
    • Amazon PythonGuy
      Only for immediate lateral compensation
      Jan 22
    • Cerner XLdG63
      I know such folks, they don't have a social life.
      Jan 23