How to get interviews?

New Lange
Jul 18 21 Comments

I just started working in industry, want to change my company. But I find it particularly hard getting any interviews or referrals. I didn’t socialize much in college, so don’t have good connections.
What has worked for me so far to get referrals is cold messages on LinkedIn. I tailor messages according to the person and background, still have about 5% success rate at best.

Also, the jobs I apply for ML/Soft. Engineering ones. Mostly entry level.
Please let me know better approaches. :)


Background:
Graduated from top 10 US University with MS in CS, I also have a first author NIPS paper. I have <1yr industrial experience at a small startup.

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TOP 21 Comments
  • New Aux6y
    That’s why Blind community exists. Or you can take a look at rooftopslushie.com if you want 1:1 mentorship
    Jul 18 2
    • New Lange
      OP
      Thanks for the reply! Can you explain how does blind help in this?
      Jul 18
    • New Aux6y
      I’m pretty sure you can get referrals by posting on Blind.
      Jul 18
  • Oath Atinlay2
    You need more yoe and possibly something else wrong with your resume.
    Jul 18 2
    • New Lange
      OP
      I see, those are good points. I did get resume evaluated a few times, I am working on it again. What about the referrals part, any good strategies?
      Jul 18
    • Oath Atinlay2
      Start off at a small company, get yoe
      Jul 18
  • Amazon Dhlf30
    Where have you been applying ?
    Jul 18 4
    • New Lange
      OP
      Facebook, google, amazon, Airbnb, Apple, Lyft, Uber, openai, Twitter are the ones I am trying for.
      Jul 18
    • Amazon utubang
      Amazon didn’t give you a call back?
      Jul 18
    • New Lange
      OP
      Nope. :) Do you work at amazon? Can you give a referral if possible. I can send you my resume for evaluation.
      Jul 18
    • Amazon utubang
      I do. Feel free to PM resume, I’d be happy to take a look but I don’t submit referrals for candidates I don’t personally know. Are you open to relocation? Have you contacted a recruiter on LinkedIn? What kinda work are you interested in?
      Jul 18
  • New dBBO43
    Neurips paper and no interview?? What???
    Jul 18 1
    • New Lange
      OP
      I don't know why. When I recently talked with Facebook recruiter he told ML roles require about 3-4 years experience atleast. I received a similar answer from Google's recruiter. A lot other ML roles like Spotify etc don't even give me a callback.
      I am not sure if there is any other way to break into these ML role without significant experience.
      Let me know what you think. :)
      Jul 20
  • Microsoft lalalao
    Go to university campus recruitment. I am pretty sure most of the universities allow anyone to register for their campus job fairs. You definitely get interviews at least a phone interview like that
    Jul 18 1
    • New Lange
      OP
      I live in CA, and my university is in New York.
      Jul 18
  • Fitbit jhtU40
    Is your startup incredibly small or something? Sorta weird you’re not getting spammed at least occasionally by recruiters on LinkedIn
    Jul 18 1
    • New Lange
      OP
      Yeah, my startup is pretty small. Just about, 7 people.
      Jul 18
  • Bloomberg 1337c4lyfe
    With a top 10 MS it should be a breeze getting interviews. Getting phone interviews should be ~100% success rate. If not, then find what the problem is.
    Jul 18 1
    • New Lange
      OP
      The only thing I can think of is the Resume, I am working on it again. Though I have already got reviewed by multiple people. I have decent gpa 3.8/4.0 if that matters.
      I don't have much connections in industry, so referrals are hard to come by.
      I am not sure. Is there any other way I can what the problem is.
      Jul 20
  • Drive.ai ei92Gk
    You just started. Get experience first, and you’ll get them eventually. Entry level or not, they still want to see more than a year experience.
    Jul 18 1
    • New Lange
      OP
      Does experience at a small startup given less weightage than bigger FAANG company?
      Jul 20