I can never pass an interview ...

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luvall

eBay

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Software Engineer.
luvallmore
Jan 16 72 Comments

TC: 180
Yoe: 10

I have interviewed at many places from FB to Apple to Netflix to small start ups, almost 15 places, I am a 100% failure!

I get one interview right, fuck Up another... and now I am so nervous that I am at verge of mental break down.

I am GREAT with Python, I am great with solving problems etc. but I cannot clear interviews ...

What should I do???

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TOP 72 Comments
  • Microsoft blind1186
    It’s same story everywhere. With your each passing year in the industry it would get harder for you to get a new job.
    Jan 16 15
    • New JthG36
      School me smart guy.
      Jan 17
    • Microsoft blind1186
      Nobody can school you. Just read multiple times what you wrote and hopefully you will get it.
      Jan 17
    • New JthG36
      It's commentary on the broken hiring process you dingus.
      Jan 17
    • Pearson / Eng me2you
      I agree. The bar is so high these days. Years back to become a Principal engineer or a distinguished engineer was fairly easily. When I was a junior guy there were a lot of incapable principal engineers. Now you need a PhD and have a great social presence and published papers and given Ted talks to get into a good company in Sr. Engineer role.
      Jan 18
    • Pearson / Eng me2you
      @JthG36, you are right on money. Day by day the labor market is considered very tight. I have worked in a bunch of companies in past including FAANG. But now I gave up. I don't even try. I can't even qualify for L4.
      Jan 18
  • Amazon outoforder
    Let me help you with the root cause:

    Are you failing to complete the coding problems?
    Jan 16 12
    • Square oldprince
      Outoforder doing good work here.
      Jan 16
    • Capital One h66ak6al
      Were you interviewed by kids?

      Often times, experienced candidates get shot in the foot because kids interviewing them feel privileged and superior.
      Jan 17
    • Comcast / Mgmt
      aethernet

      Comcast Mgmt

      BIO
      Various media and tech companies
      aethernetmore
      Your written language patterns indicate that English may be your second language. Have you considered getting some speech/speaking training to improve verbal communication?
      Jan 20
    • Capital One da2de2se
      Comcast - OP’s English is perfectly fine. He’s applying for tech jobs, not sales/marketing.
      Jan 20
    • Comcast / Mgmt
      aethernet

      Comcast Mgmt

      BIO
      Various media and tech companies
      aethernetmore
      Hey Cap- there was a post here on Blind where an applicant felt they had done poorly on an interview because they had trouble understanding their interviewer due to a heavy accent.

      Comcast recently sponsored a startup, Orai, founded by two East Indians who wanted to verbally express themselves better in interviews and presentations.

      Regardless of role, working on communication and presentation skills can improve your connection with your interviewers.
      Jan 20
  • United Technologies rohr
    Delete your public social media posts from spring break 2006
    Jan 16 0
  • Rubrik needless
    Maybe you should spend more time practicing than moaning on Blind
    Jan 16 1
    • Microsoft khdlyxo
      He's asking for advice - what's wrong with that?
      Jan 16
  • Microsoft cout<<
    Mock interviews.
    Jan 16 3
    • Yahoo / Eng
      snvca

      Yahoo Eng

      PRE
      Yahoo
      snvcamore
      +1
      Jan 16
    • Uber
      TC || 👉

      Uber

      PRE
      Google
      TC || 👉more
      After fifteen real interview sessions with various companies? I think it's time to look back on those interviews and figure out where you went wrong. First write down your recollections of those interviews and then discuss them with smart people. That would give you better feedback as of now.
      Jan 16
    • Microsoft cout<<
      I had failed a few interviews in the past. Even knowing how I screwed up didn’t help because I made different mistakes. The learning was high stakes.

      I did a couple of mock interviews and I was able to get feedback on a broader set of areas. I also gained perspective on where I was better than I thought so I didn’t have to be nervous in those areas. The level of detailed feedback from a mock interview was way more valuable than more leetcode questions (I did do those too).
      Jan 17
  • BTW you're in the world's top 2% so live happily and thank God
    Jan 16 3
  • Square oldprince
    I don't have substantive advice to add but perhaps my story will encourage you OP: when I was interviewing for my current role, I got rejected 15-20 times as well over 1+ years. Felt like I must have been awful at my job because I was getting zero offers. Kept practicing, reading books, and collecting/acting on feedback but still no success. Finally interviewed at square, prepped my ass off, and got the job over a year after I started looking. Now the job is going great. Take heart, you're not awful, listen to the advice from this thread, and good luck with your search.
    Jan 16 0
  • Microsoft / Mgmt Dunz
    Lack of impact/influence. Improve your soft skills.
    Jan 16 0
  • eBay
    luvall

    eBay

    BIO
    Software Engineer.
    luvallmore
    OP
    Should I under represent myself in resumes and profiles? People will go easy on me ? At Apple, I solved all coding problems quickly and than they started throwing random shit at me ...
    Jan 16 5
    • Microsoft TonyShark
      That’s exactly what happend to me at uber .. so random .. they might be searching for questions to ask
      Jan 16
    • eBay
      luvall

      eBay

      BIO
      Software Engineer.
      luvallmore
      OP
      Feels like dog against dog! Engineers killing others ... experience means NOTHING, a stupid 45 mins random coding interview means everything!
      Jan 16
    • Microsoft TonyShark
      Sometimes even that is not enough .. crazy
      Jan 16
    • Verizon zoBr70
      If you were performing so well, were you coming across as a snobbish - body language or expressions once you completed the code. Just try to add humble touch if that was the case, saying there may be better ways of doing it but this comes to mind currently..
      Jan 18
    • eBay
      luvall

      eBay

      BIO
      Software Engineer.
      luvallmore
      OP
      Dunno ...
      Jan 18
  • Collective Health sweetWords
    Get better at leetcode. And make sure when you go to the interview you don’t solve it too fast. Like if they’re expecting you to solve one or two problems, don’t solve two problems in twenty minutes. Because then of course they are going to keep asking you questions. And if you end up bombing the latter questions, I have a feeling they may hold it against you.

    The main point though is to get better at leetcode. I doubt your main issue is being too good at it.
    Jan 16 2
    • Google wuEm63
      This is mediocre advice at best. When I conduct interviews I'm always comparing results between candidates and people who get further are almost always ranked higher
      Jan 17
    • Google wuEm63
      I mean if you are completely sucking at later parts then yeah that could hurt but trying to do worse in earlier parts is not a great solution...
      Jan 17
  • Amazon sammie
    Couple of things that come to mind right away in case you are talking about dev interviews is that you may not be optimizing your solutions or taking too long to provide a workable code or not talking loudly your thought process. Just my 2¢.
    Jan 16 0
  • Microsoft TonyShark
    Haha .. you make me feel better .. i have only failed 8 so far
    Jan 16 0
  • VMware / Mktg
    Adoh

    VMware Mktg

    PRE
    Deloitte
    Adohmore
    What prep are you doing?
    Jan 16 1
    • eBay
      luvall

      eBay

      BIO
      Software Engineer.
      luvallmore
      OP
      Leetcode basically!
      Jan 16
  • Sit down an pin the issue that obstructs your interview performance...
    Jan 16 0
  • BlackRock qwerty3456
    Leetcode + EPI for getting better at coding challenges
    Jan 16 2
    • Roche mnbvcxzlkc
      Epi?
      Jan 16
    • New JthG36
      Elements of Programming Interviews. It's a book.
      Jan 16
  • Google / Product RFVI18
    Oh poor eBay! Just do a good job explaining how you added value in a sinking ship and the job is yours!
    Jan 17 1
    • Microsoft blind1186
      Why are you being a jackass! I am sure you won’t be able to clear Google interview again :P
      Jan 17
  • Pegasystems YOLOnoCode
    I feel you, brother. Take solace in the fact that you have reasonable tc compared to the majority and enjoy other aspects of life.
    Jan 18 0
  • PayPal unionfind
    Pramp.com is what you are looking for
    Jan 16 0
  • eBay
    luvall

    eBay

    BIO
    Software Engineer.
    luvallmore
    OP
    Great comments so far ... also the social media thing may make sense!
    Jan 16 0
  • New JthG36
    A few people on here have mentioned interview kickstart. Not vouching, just something to look into.
    Jan 16 1
    • Cisco bitset
      Very expensive service and contract has full of clauses. They don’t have any statistics regarding success rate when they charge you that heavily. Stay away from desi money making service
      Jan 18

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