Has interviewing really become this competitive?

HBO / Eng vEc21m
Jun 19 19 Comments

Three years ago when I was job hunting I only spent a week brushing up on CS fundamentals, and had no problem getting offers. I passed most onsites I tried for.

In many of these onsites I I would fail to get optimal solutions, or I would run out of time. But I would still get an offer at the end of it.

This time though as Iโ€™m interviewing, three years later, even though Iโ€™ve spent the last two months really prepping hard on Leetcode, Iโ€™m struggling.

Iโ€™ve just failed my 6th onsite in a row. Iโ€™m sad about it, but mostly just confused at this point. I have even failed a couple places that gave me an offer last time around. Even though Iโ€™m performing much better than I did 3 years ago, I canโ€™t get an offer no matter what I do. General feedback from the recruiters is always is the same. My technical skills werenโ€™t up to the bar. I need to work on my coding. Etc.

The strange thing is I personally feel I am performing way better in interviews now than I did 3 years ago. In most cases Iโ€™m arriving at optimal solutions to the problems with time to spare. Yet I still struggle to pass these onsite interviews.

Has interviewing really become this competitive in the last three years? Or am I being judged that much stricter now that I claim 3 more years of experience than I did last time? I am seriously confused.

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TOP 19 Comments
  • Juniper sfgiant0
    younger millennials , they ask all useless mugged up questions and think they are the smartest person in the whole organization
    Jun 19 1
    • Axtria DesiLaunda
      Yes this. I have failed interviews because a millennial was focussed on the solution he thought was the right one
      Jun 19
  • Yes I noticed same thing. Job market is hot but it's also way more competitive than it used to be 3-5 years ago. Developers are no better now than they used to be but everyone spends so much time grinding leetcode now, interviewing completely diverged from what developers do on the job. It's a silly zero-sum game.
    Jun 19 0
  • Medallia HnHv
    Or maybe this time you are interviewing for a higher role than 3 years ago, or both
    Jun 19 1
  • Amazon kebab
    Before an interview with 1 medium question for 45 min was reasonable now itโ€™s fucking 2
    Jun 19 0
  • New / Eng QTdN03
    Are you sure itโ€™s more competitive? Maybe itโ€™s that you look older than you did 3 years ago. Ageism is real.
    Jun 19 2
    • Axtria DesiLaunda
      It's just 3 years. Come on.
      Jun 19
    • New / Eng QTdN03
      Well 24 to 27 wonโ€™t be noticeable, but 38 to 41 might be depending on genetics.
      Jun 19
  • Ticketmaster / Eng GvB&$78
    I would suggest interviewers who expect to solve 2 LC hard in 45 min randomly being tested if they can solve similar tasks themselves and if they fail they got fired.
    Jun 20 0
  • Panasonic Avionics / Sales
    $โ‚ฌยฃยฅโ€ข

    Panasonic Avionics Sales

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    I do sales. I sell stuff. Itโ€™s what I do.
    $โ‚ฌยฃยฅโ€ขmore
    Everyone copied Silicon Valley style โ€œIโ€™m smarter than you prove it to meโ€ interview style
    Jun 19 1
    • Google gcloud
      Stump the chump.
      Jun 23
  • GoDaddy / IT
    buyfront34

    GoDaddy IT

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    buyfront34more
    Can't tell. May be it's just unlucky. Or 6 onsite might be considence of bad phone screenings, so everyone invited you, whereas in my experience at least half would reject. Here is my stats from recent year search. Two months search, hundreds HRs calls, 40 phone screens, 10 onsites, 6 offers.
    Jun 19 2
    • Juniper sfgiant0
      How did you get so much time . Is Daddy a chill out place
      Jun 19
    • GoDaddy / IT
      buyfront34

      GoDaddy IT

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      It was before current one. And yes, I had enough time.
      Jun 19
  • Axtria DesiLaunda
    Agree. Interviewing is getting competitive, and you gotta keep running the race. Career is a fuckin marathon now. You stop, you lose.
    Jun 19 0
  • Oracle / Eng soon
    Yes agree. With yoe expectations are different. They want you to rock every interview without hints.

    It's just getting worse day after day.
    Jun 19 0
  • Uber Necropos
    Keep in mind that most companies have expectations for your growth curve. In other words you might be only matched to senior level+ roles with your YoE now which are harder to get.
    Jun 19 0
  • Walmart.com ssnout
    True. ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜… On the bright side, you at least know where you should improve. There are people who ace the technical part and still don't get offered the role. Good luck on your future interviews!!
    Jun 19 0