Got rejected from Google, Facebook and Linkedin. What a fun journey loving it.

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May 2 314 Comments

Feeling like got the Nirvana, what a feeling after knowing that i am not the best. :)

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  • Indeed / Eng
    l440

    Indeed Eng

    BIO
    phd
    l440more
    Lol:
    1) What made you think you were the best?
    2) What makes you think that those interviews define 'who is the best'?
    May 2 7
    • Microsoft / Eng
      torakusu

      Microsoft Eng

      BIO
      If you're going to stalk me, at least say hi.
      torakusumore
      He wanted to be the very best, like no one ever was.
      May 5
    • Adobe wqKr43
      To train them is his cause
      May 5
    • Rally Health PWcK47
      So by op's definition all people who works at those companies are best ...lol
      May 5
    • New / Eng Bsky
      Gotta catch em all
      May 6
    • eBay hdhsvshsh
      Ha ha ... its your perspective how you interpret, i left it open for everyone. :)
      May 6
  • Compass / Eng
    FUPayMe

    Compass Eng

    PRE
    Google
    FUPayMemore
    Just remember you only need to be in the top 49% to be above average.
    May 2 18
    • Bank of America Quackers
      @that1guy i think its you who doesn't understand infinity or set theory
      May 6
    • Honeywell that1guy
      Don’t believe me, just believe the PEER REVIEWED journal of the American Mathematical Society. This was proven, infinities are in fact always equal:
      http://www.ams.org/journals/jams/2016-29-01/S0894-0347-2015-00830-X/home.html
      May 6
    • Facebook deus
      Median is an average.
      May 6
    • Honeywell that1guy
      Umm @facebook Median != average
      I’m honestly surprised at the level of knowledge here.
      May 6
    • Bloomberg babasheep
      If a distribution is unimodal and symmetric, then mean = median. Oh and there are infinitely many instances of such distributions.
      May 8
  • Facebook gluteus
    I got rejected from google 3 times, amazon 2 times, snapchat, offerup, uber, and facebook rejected my resume never giving me an interview. Kept trying, kept leetcoding, then got a nice recruiter who gave me a chance, then passed interview finally. Just keep trying man
    May 2 15
    • J.D. Power and Associates holy-poly
      This is truly inspiring man! I got rejected from Google last year in the on-site. I thought I did pretty good with 4 out of 5 interviews on that day and then I figured out I was not the best one at that time after receiving the rejection. I will try next year and doing more leetcoding.
      May 5
    • IMS Health / IT
      swap4310

      IMS Health IT

      PRE
      Cognizant
      BIO
      Software professional always looking for something better
      swap4310more
      You are an Ace !!!
      May 5
    • SAP / Eng
      isudjuayu

      SAP Eng

      PRE
      Teradata, Cisco
      isudjuayumore
      What school ?
      May 5
    • Teradata jFNl08
      School doesn't matter.
      May 5
    • Microsoft no-sql
      Great.. congrats gluteus
      May 5
  • LinkedIn / Eng Blah lalal
    I got rejected from Facebook and they just called and pester me to apply again, telling me I did really well last time. I'm just thinking in my head, then why the heck did u reject me??
    May 2 19
    • Intel Hunting
      Pardon my ignorance, I am part of the 10% lowest denomination people, who by the uses FB the most, but what is FB developing?
      May 5
    • Intel Hunting
      Intuit has more data on me than FB does
      May 5
    • Tesla AnlD52
      Google did the same with me 😂
      May 5
    • LinkedIn non_blind
      I got rejected twice with Google and yet they keep asking me to interview again
      May 5
    • Amazon did the same to me
      May 8
  • VMware / Eng kalakutta
    Relax OP, you will get it, keep trying.
    May 2 1
    • eBay hdhsvshsh
      Yeah, i am relaxed. but still feeling better.
      May 2
  • Amazon sRjf52
    Google , Facebook, Amazon, linkedIn do not define your success in life. It's like you dated the most beautiful girl or a handsome guy in the universe once, and either she is a bitc*h or he is a dic*k You find your soulmate. Their looks and brilliance do not define who you are. Your success depends on how you run your life.
    May 5 5
    • Amazon EOar87
      Why is amazon in the list? 😜 it’s not in the same league as the rest.
      May 5
    • Amazon / Design Gayz0s
      Beautiful answer. Listen to this guy, forget my post lol
      May 5
    • Google / Eng
      UfGi84

      Google Eng

      PRE
      IBM
      BIO
      software engineer looking for my place in the world
      UfGi84more
      It does not define worth. But these are the companies that are pushing the field forward in longer strides. And if you are passionate about solving the most interesting problems in the field, chances are that you will have a better chance of doing so in such a company vs a random, smaller company that builds DB apps for small businesses.

      This 'fame' or desire to work in these companies is also shortlived. IBM was a place where engineers aspired to work in the same way people aspire to work at Google or Facebook today. It will wane and newer, better companies will take the place.
      May 5
    • Uber / Eng rqDs70
      I like how they try to sneak in Amazon in the list while OP didn't get rejected by Amazon (at least they didn't think it was worth mentioning...)
      May 5
    • Verizon G.Jetson
      If selling toasters and pushing ads are the most interesting problems, we're doomed.
      May 5
  • Google compquest
    I was once rejected by eBay. Don’t feel bad.
    May 3 0
  • Microsoft JasperKid
    Embrace mediocrity! You'll be set for life.
    May 2 5
    • eBay hdhsvshsh
      No again this not about the mediocrity, it is about the trigger which helped me to think deeper than just the good, bad or ugly.And this experience gave me a thought which gave me altogether new point of view. I am planning to wrote a book on it. Will share the draft once its ready.
      May 2
    • Facebook BlindBndit
      Why would you write a book about your experience being rejected by Facebook, Google and LinkedIn and who would read it? Just write a Medium post about it like everyone else 😂
      May 5
    • Asurion nGzA00
      Mediocrity is asking technocrats for work... In other words, I too have embraced mediocrity
      May 5
    • Apple / Other
      stevejerbs

      Apple Other

      BIO
      Previous CEO @ 🍎
      stevejerbsmore
      lol if you gonna ‘wrote’ a book at least learn how to spell first
      May 6
    • eBay hdhsvshsh
      yeah i will need people like you to fix the spelling mistakes ... :)
      May 6
  • Facebook FlGo46
    I was rejected by google, linkedin, amazon, DoorDash and was desperate. My last interview was with Facebook and I was thinking to cancel it and continue with my low TC. Then just decided to try :) wish you best, never give up. Luck is important
    May 5 2
    • New hujcxt
      Do you enjoy working at FB or was passing the interview not enough to prepare yourself for the actual difficulty of the work? I can imagine studying all this time for whiteboard coding to just get pipped straight up for not being good at real coding.
      May 6
    • Facebook ohnope
      New - if you’re going to a company with the technical bar of a FAANG and you study to ace the interview but you can’t ramp to perform at that level day to day you’re gonna have a bad time.

      The good news is that every company knows that it does take some ramp. New grad/entry level folks are just handed tasks to knock out and are generally expected to ramp in 2-3 months once they’re with their team. Senior folks are expected to ramp in 3-5, and beyond that 6-12 depending on level.

      If you can’t actually code like you did in the interview though, it’s gonna be real hard for you. Not that anyone expects you to be that thorough and that fast in your day to day, but if someone were to hand you an interview coding question as a task you’d better be able to get it code complete, test cases, and ready to ship in a business day or less.
      May 8
  • Google / Eng
    xoogle

    Google Eng

    PRE
    LinkedIn
    xooglemore
    I've gotten two offers from FB, worked at Google and LinkedIn. You're not missing much. Of the three I'd be open to LI again but the bay area sucks. Everyone worships work. Better to find balance and not be chasing TC.
    May 5 4
    • LinkedIn amzT01
      What did you like about LI over Google?
      May 5
    • Google / Eng
      xoogle

      Google Eng

      PRE
      LinkedIn
      xooglemore
      Google made me feel like a number. LI allowed me to express my individuality and explore my interests.
      May 5
    • Yahoo / Eng
      eanN64

      Yahoo Eng

      BIO
      getting to know things
      eanN64more
      Which number? TC?
      May 6
    • Google / Eng
      xoogle

      Google Eng

      PRE
      LinkedIn
      xooglemore
      A cog in the machine, with a lower TC than I had at LI for 2 years running.

      Google doesn't have the management infrastructure to recognize talent outside core duties. You have to advocate for yourself and prove you have worth outside core duties and my management actively fought that, even if there's a business need.
      May 6
  • New bmmC14
    Keep leetcoding.
    May 2 0
  • Flagged by the community.

    • Cerner cf25bah54
      Wow, a Cerner associate calling FB out on crap code... interesting (snicker) ::popcorn::
      May 5
    • Flipkart / Eng silentass
      Cerner. Haha. Sure right, only you guys can talk about top companies
      May 5
    • Cerner / Eng RxHQ47
      Wow, Flipkart only you guys can give lectures who delivers stone when ppl order phones, try to increase code coverage first, still at 10% I guess, haha
      May 6
    • Rally Health PWcK47
      Yo Cerner dude ..nice ass kicking
      And FB guy there is no way you think FB as product and code base is good ....it's crap but i get it why people do....big TC.
      And Flipcart guy .......for you blind should be read only.
      May 6
    • Twitch kTChf7t
      Nerd fight
      May 6
  • Microsoft PyroFox
    Find something you can really nerd out on. That thing, whatever it is, that drives you to spend tens of thousands in professional training instead of vacations and actually enjoy it. The kind of thing that has you buying ISO standards and niche hard-to-find books written by industry experts, and reading those recreationally. The kind of thing that has you building your own personal library of research notes and lab work as if you were planning to launch your own consulting business around that thing. You'll skip social nights, and spend weekends just researching in a race against yourself to competence. Prepare as though you will have absolutely no one to turn to for help, and as if the success of a project soon-to-come at a major company will depend entirely on your knowledge.

    If you have that drive, and stick with it long enough, it will show. Just pursue what you love, use your current employer environment as a sort of "live lab" to apply what you've learned, only accept jobs that line right up with exactly your area... the results will follow.
    May 5 2
    • Snapchat bFCN68
      I'd say if you do all of that just go and build your own company. People here are looking for gigs.
      May 5
    • Microsoft PyroFox
      I did. And was about to basically set my own hours. But coming to Microsoft--at the level and department I was asked to come in--gave me access to (and a seat on) industry consortia than if I'd just run my own thing.

      Just depends on what you're after.
      May 5
  • Microsoft iolM73
    I did 13 interviews before getting an offer at a top company. Keep studying algorithms and data structures. Keep practicing leet code. Most importantly, keep trying until you win!
    May 5 9
    • New / Eng
      bumerang

      New Eng

      PRE
      Google
      bumerangmore
      He can't be talking about m$, right?
      May 5
    • Flipkart / Eng silentass
      They are trillion dollar company. I think its top
      May 5
    • New / Eng
      bumerang

      New Eng

      PRE
      Google
      bumerangmore
      Then why they don't pay like top company?
      May 5
    • Amazon / Eng
      0xD754E2.5

      Amazon Eng

      BIO
      Ask and I might answer ;)
      0xD754E2.5more
      It is ridiculous to keep referring to Microsoft as M$. How about Appl€?
      May 6
    • New / Eng
      10yoe250kt

      New Eng

      PRE
      Google
      10yoe250ktmore
      Yeah, you are right. There is no $ in MS anymore.
      May 7
  • Uber / Eng janehave
    Failed 5 times in Google, 3 times in Facebook, 2 times in LinkedIn, 2 times in Uber and after that got offers from Uber and Google. I had to rejected the offer from Google. So don't worry keep trying. Along with your preparations, it is also luck what kind of breakfast interviewer had :)
    May 5 2
    • Facebook YBcl04
      Yea interview is like a date lol
      May 5
    • New / Eng akshat0
      @Uber How did you manage to get so many interview calls?
      May 8
  • Compass KeXR56
    Facebook contacted me and after my initial recruiter call this was my response...

    Thank you for taking the time to talk to me.

    I think I am going to pass on this for now.

    Without trying to be disrespectful, here is my reason for doing so. For someone like me who is experienced, I want to be tested on my design and architecture skills as I think this where I excel at. I don't think this can be assessed through an interview where I am expected to cram things on a website and spit out the answer in a certain time. You would be testing my typing and memorization skills here rather my design and architecture skills.
    May 5 9
    • Facebook / Eng
      jhjkkkk

      Facebook Eng

      PRE
      Facebook, Amazon
      jhjkkkkmore
      yeah logistically it’s hard to organize and maintain once u are past certain size. knowing how difficult to find interviewers to spend 2-3 hrs of their week, I’d say that would be significant investment from both parties that would be hard to become a norm
      May 6
    • Twitter Kbsjt
      See a lot of decent candidates rejected just because of leetcode questions. New grads and experienced developers must be evaluated differently.
      May 6
    • IBM / Eng qpwoeirutd
      Can you imagine being 50 and still having the same interviews that you got strait out of college? It's like, who cares about experience
      May 7
    • Twitter Onobuv
      And then we questioning why engineers cannot deliver. We hiring leetcoding specialists, why we expecting they can write services?
      May 8
    • Facebook EazyE
      Snowflake alert
      May 8
  • IBM / Eng qpwoeirutd
    It literally is a 10% prep and 70% luck and 30% skill. I'm in the same boat and I keep on trying and trying. I'll eventually get there
    May 5 3
    • Amazon SomeName2
      Hopefully no math questions asked.
      May 6
    • Facebook / Eng
      jhjkkkk

      Facebook Eng

      PRE
      Facebook, Amazon
      jhjkkkkmore
      He’s trying to emphasize that u need to give 110% of effort to pass :p
      May 6
    • IBM / Eng qpwoeirutd
      Yep lose sleep / no social life for prep as you likely have no time to prep as much as needed.
      May 7
  • LinkedIn bemm78e
    Have a cup of coffee, chill and keep studying. Interviews are super subjective.
    May 5 0
  • Facebook JJml72
    Got rejected from Twitter/Facebook first time I tried for an internship. Got an intern offer at Twitter the second year I applied. Got a returning offer at Twitter. Same year got rejected from Facebook, Google, Palantir as a full timer. After 3 years at Twitter I decided to change jobs. Got 7 offers from lots of companies including Facebook, Google, Uber, Lyft. I spent 3 months preparing super hard and leetcoding like crazy. Just reapply in 6 months, put more time into interview prep and don’t give up.
    May 5 2
    • New / Eng
      griesrt

      New Eng

      PRE
      Flipboard
      griesrtmore
      How many questions did you complete (easy, medium, hard)? I’m starting the grind soon :)
      May 6
    • New / Eng akshat0
      Its difficult to get an interview call from these companies if you're already not working in one of those. Becomes a chicken and egg problem. How to overcome that?
      May 8
  • Honeywell ⛔️
    We’ve been interviewing candidates for a role on our team and thought we had a rockstar already. Had one more interview to do and this new candidate turned out to be a better fit for our circumstance. That other candidate is still great and we would hire both if we could. Was not a simple choice to make.
    May 2 1
    • Honeywell that1guy
      Hey fellow Honeywell. Probably the first time I see one in the wild.
      May 5