How well do you need to do on a FAANG interview to get hired?

JOANY / Mgmt e^(iπ)+1=0
Apr 5 35 Comments

Had two on-sites: Google and Amazon. Have another at Apple coming up. Very impressed with my performance so far, but I suspect I won't get an offer from either...

From what I gather on here, it seems that not only do you need to solve every question, but you have to solve them with the most optimal time and space complexity possible.

Is that seriously true?

I mean, it's not unreasonably hard coming up with something better than brute force, but some optimal solutions are pretty tricky.

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TOP 35 Comments
  • Google mooncalf1
    My solutions were generally good, but not all perfect by any means and I passed through. I think the rapport you develop with your interviewers is probably an underrated aspect.
    Apr 5 4
    • JOANY / Mgmt e^(iπ)+1=0
      OP
      I made them all laugh, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed.
      Apr 5
    • Google dCyj41
      I legitimately told my interview "I have no idea" and then explained why the question was really hard. So solving them isn't technically necessary?
      Apr 5
    • Bloomberg / Eng iVX372
      @dCyj41 are you a white or Asian male?

      @mooncalf1 what about you?
      Apr 5
    • Google mooncalf1
      I'm a white male, but I do not believe that is relevant. In my experience, the hiring bar is the same regardless of race or gender.
      Apr 6
  • Microsoft aha!
    Solved all the questions with optimal algorithm, including the system design one (surprisingly enough). There was only one bug in one of the interview where interviewer actually got stuck to point me the bug.

    I actually wrote the code home and figured the bug in less than a minute.

    Recruiter came up with the feedback that my results are mixed lol

    Now he is trying to get a team match before the HC.

    Sort of exhausting to me. May be its easier to get into Google when you are young.
    Apr 6 11
    • Dropbox systest
      Was HC placing you for L4/L5? If not sure, are you willing to share YoE?
      Apr 6
    • Microsoft aha!
      12 yoe
      Apr 6
    • JOANY / Mgmt e^(iπ)+1=0
      OP
      @systest - 1 design question is definitely not L5.

      @aha - congrats on getting a team match!

      I agree. The coding part definitely seems more relevant to new grads. Wish they would've asked me more design questions. But whatever.
      Apr 7
    • Microsoft aha!
      I haven’t passed the HC yet. My recruiter is asking me to match the team before that. So the chances are still low.
      Apr 7
    • JOANY / Mgmt e^(iπ)+1=0
      OP
      @aha! I don't think they're low at that point. Google teams are dying for engineers. If you're in the pool, there's a good chance you match. If you match, you get an offer.
      Apr 8
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    • Google imjefbozo
      Because there are not infinite candidates as in your hypothetical
      Apr 5
    • JOANY / Mgmt e^(iπ)+1=0
      OP
      Google alone is hiring 10k engineers this year.

      If you add up the rest of FAANG. That implies there's close to ~50k people with a 94% optimal rate who don't already work at FAANG and are applying there this year.

      Sure, the engineers I know aren't randomly selected. But based on what I know, I seriously doubt there's that many people THAT good.
      Apr 5
    • New / Eng 4everalone
      Everyone leets when they interview, so it's a proper comparison if you use our "normal self" to rate the difficulty of the question

      Most people I know can consistently recognize LC hard question and pattern match correctly in a minute or two

      The point is not to solve on the spot but reliably pattern match, if you are aiming at the "solve the problem" approach
      Apr 5
    • JOANY / Mgmt e^(iπ)+1=0
      OP
      I only know a few engineers who can reliably solve LC hards.

      MOST people you know can pattern match LC hards in 2 minutes?! Are you from the future??
      Apr 5
    • New / Eng 4everalone
      Do 200 medium to hard question then you pretty much see most questions / types that would get asked in interviews.

      It's not about being a genius, but being smart in "exams"

      As Google pointed out, there is limited candidate pool. By being in the stronger portion of the pool, your chance of landing offer will massively increase.
      Apr 5
  • Dropbox systest
    Solve 2 questions with most optimal space and time complexity per 45 min interview.
    Apr 5 0
  • Amazon / Eng patelra
    Not that much, just be yourself
    Apr 5 0
  • Facebook public2
    You just have to be better than the other 20 people that interview.
    Apr 6 1
    • New / Eng 4everalone
      agree, if you didn't get the offer, and "the company" still hired enough people. That just meant you aren't "good" enough according to "their standard"

      By no means do I mean the current evaluation standard, i.e. leetcode style, is good. It's just how the system works.
      Apr 6
  • Apple
    patnaput

    Apple

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    Amazon
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    Not true for 🍏
    Apr 5 1
    • JOANY / Mgmt e^(iπ)+1=0
      OP
      How does it work at Apple?
      Apr 5
  • MathWorks p8Rz2u
    It's all calibrated and comparative to how all candidates perform on the given question... I feel like Blind focuses way too much on "reach optimal solution asap."

    I recently did 4 onsites at tier1/2 companies (including G). I made numerous mistakes at every onsite (including completely botching a round at G and Amazon) but was communicative and tried to show my thought process. Landed all four offers. No I am not a minority/female. Focus less on optimality/end solution, but focus more on the actual solving process, at least that's what I think.
    Apr 8 4
    • JOANY / Mgmt e^(iπ)+1=0
      OP
      It's looking like I'm going to get an offer from Google and Amazon also, and I DEFINITELY could've done much better on every question.

      So, yeah, I think Blind is really over emphasizing the need to get everything perfect.

      As a hiring manager, I am personally much more interested in your ability to come up with multiple solutions and weigh the pros and cons of each and clearly communicate them, rather than your ability to regurgitate leetcode.
      Apr 8
    • Microsoft Dial M 4..
      Congratulations! You got HC approval? Or matching team before that?
      Apr 8
    • JOANY / Mgmt e^(iπ)+1=0
      OP
      The recruiter said they don't have all the data back from my interviewers yet. But that what they have is good enough to move to team matching. Not sure exactly what that means.
      Apr 9
    • Microsoft Dial M 4..
      Interesting. How long did it take since the interview?
      Apr 9
  • Thomson Reuters zerosandones
    @JOANY So how'd it turn out?
    Jul 19 0