I got rejected from all 7 onsite interviews. AMA

Big Switch Networks / Eng script
Mar 5 45 Comments

Google
FB
Uber (ATG)
Cruise (Passed on-site but was rejected during team matching. Recruiter botched interview role)
Lyft (Level 5)
Airbnb
Confluent

Having gotten an offer at Uber a year ago I really thought I would have a chance at getting an offer again. I passed all of my phone screens with 100% success. I studied for two months with a whiteboard in my room. Watched several videos on system design. Completed almost 300 LC.

Ultimately I think my background wasn’t a great fit or I would botch one of the coding/system design questions. It’s generally hard for me to architect high scale web services on the spot with my background in low scale data center distributed systems.

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  • Aurora bystander!
    Says nothing about you, except your awesome skills don’t overlap with generic white board coding.

    Though if you come to us, we will make you write some on a white board too.
    Mar 5 1
    • Big Switch Networks / Eng script
      OP
      Thanks
      Mar 5
  • PayPal / Eng ur8dre3j
    What was your experience with the Lyft interview?
    Mar 5 4
    • Big Switch Networks / Eng script
      OP
      It was a dumpster fire. I was referred and didn’t even know what role I was interviewing for until I arrived onsite. Recruiter never did a prep site info call and answered all of my emails at 9PM. The whole building was under construction and I had to ask security to find out where the lobby was. I was eventually sent to another building which had wires running along the floor and there was a flatscreen tv leaning against the wall on the floor of my interview room. My first interview was swapped out last minute. Interviewers were late due to distant building and the last interviewer wasn’t sure if he was supposed to walk me out. Overall I had one system design interview that was really great and relevant to my experience. I did ok on another, I did great on my experience interview, and then failed to finish the solution to lowest order lexicographical topological sort of a directed acyclic graph asked by none other than a new grad lmao.
      Mar 5
    • Tesla / Other h4hcxey3
      Ugh new grads asking tough interview questions thinking they're the shit... 🙄
      Mar 5
    • Google ft8856
      Although tbf, lowest order lex topo sort of DAG is relatively straightforward.
      Mar 5
    • Big Switch Networks / Eng script
      OP
      I was struggling with the disjoint graph test case 🤷‍♀️
      Mar 5
  • Big Switch Networks / Eng script
    OP
    Well folks, I am happy to announce that after another round of interviews I will be joining Argo AI. I will admit that I felt quite defeated at times but the hope that I could break into the AV space kept me going. It’s been a journey and a learning process. Just wanted to post this in case someone else finds themselves in a similar situation! 🙏🙏🙏
    Aug 28 3
    • Amazon maz9
      Thanks for reporting back. Congratulations!!
      Aug 28
    • Amazon / Eng TinyRobot
      Thanks for reporting back. I am in a similar situation, and your success has inspired me. I really appreciated your persistence and strong will; you refused to accept opportunities for which you had no passion, and that really inspires me.
      Oct 30
    • Amazon / Eng TinyRobot
      Congratulations! 🎉🎉🎉
      Oct 30
  • Uber sup bruh
    How many Ethernet cables can I plug into your big switch?
    Mar 5 2
    • CenturyLink OsOpOrAaT
      As many as the min wage a driver makes at Uber. Oh shoot, that’s not much.
      Mar 5
    • New / Eng 0xBD
      I just googled. Uber does not pay drivers wages (aka w2)
      Mar 5
  • SAP
    mmooooomm

    SAP

    BIO
    Bio on blind!
    mmooooommmore
    Wait for 6 more months. Prepare some more and try those 7 again.

    Time is on your side and good luck !
    Mar 5 1
    • Big Switch Networks / Eng script
      OP
      Thanks!
      Mar 5
  • CenturyLink OsOpOrAaT
    Prepare whiteboarding and cultural questions next time.
    Mar 5 6
    • Big Switch Networks / Eng script
      OP
      Go for it.
      Mar 5
    • CenturyLink OsOpOrAaT
      DM’d you
      Mar 5
    • Big Switch Networks / Eng script
      OP
      Interestingly Google or FB never even asked why I wanted to work there. I don’t think they even care.
      Mar 5
    • CenturyLink OsOpOrAaT
      Google didn’t asked me either but Facebook did. I think it depends on the interviewer.
      Mar 5
    • Mode DvVM00
      of course not. it’s a stupid question.
      Mar 6
  • Nielsen / Eng
    TrilGates

    Nielsen Eng

    PRE
    Google
    TrilGatesmore
    Sounds like an Ian Goodfellow in the making. Your motivation is awesome op.
    Mar 5 0
  • Amazon <3koolaid
    Wanna try Amazon? DM me :)
    Mar 5 2
    • Big Switch Networks / Eng script
      OP
      I had recruiters reach out and I turned them down. Unfortunately I have no desire to work at Amazon. I’m most interested in helping to make self driving cars a reality. Thanks for the offer tho.
      Mar 5
    • Amazon <3koolaid
      Makes sense, I’m about to try my startup but wanna leave the team in good shape. We just got a new project and growing slow
      Mar 5
  • Microsoft / Eng
    tarasenko

    Microsoft Eng

    BIO
    Intern @ MS
    tarasenkomore
    Is everyone hiring for high scale web services nowadays? Why all the designs questions about it?
    Mar 6 1
    • Big Switch Networks / Eng script
      OP
      Not sure. The only really relevant system design questions I got were to design a build system and to design an ambiguous resource locking process.

      I was asked to design a WhatsApp service several times, Amazon’s best seller system, a service similar to SpotHero, and a large RSS feed service, and more.
      Mar 6
  • Apple JuicyBae
    I think you should keep trying all self driving companies. Zoox sounds cool.
    Mar 5 1
    • Big Switch Networks / Eng script
      OP
      I will look into Zoox thanks!
      Mar 5
  • New VeYT44
    Why did you turn down uber?
    Mar 5 1
    • Big Switch Networks / Eng script
      OP
      My company gave me a heavy counter offer that was 50K more than what would be my salary at Uber. It was a good short term move but probably a poor long term move given Uber’s upcoming IPO. Hindsight 20/20.
      Mar 5
  • Microsoft / Eng
    tarasenko

    Microsoft Eng

    BIO
    Intern @ MS
    tarasenkomore
    YOE?
    Mar 6 1
    • Big Switch Networks / Eng script
      OP
      5-6
      Mar 6
  • Microsoft pollpull
    Are you still trying in other companies like msft, netflix, LinkedIn, waymo, zoox, etc?
    Mar 5 1
    • Big Switch Networks / Eng script
      OP
      I would like to work on something I give a shit about so that rules out a lot of companies. Never used Netflix, don’t use msft products, really hate LinkedIn lol.

      I wasn’t able to find a role at Waymo that matched my skill set. They misty had computer vision or hardware heavy roles. I’d have to look into Zoox, I honestly don’t know anything about them.
      Mar 5
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    • Big Switch Networks / Eng script
      OP
      Thank you! FWIW the cruise process felt the most practical and enjoyable out of all the processes I went through. I was told to circle back in 4-6 months and I will.
      Mar 5
  • Aurora bystander!
    Congratulations 🎈🎊
    Aug 30 0
  • TE Connectivity VyXs46
    You are a great fit. Fight for one position with ~5 other people can turn out a zero result based on your luck. I am sure you will eventually get the amazing one.
    May 27 0
  • Intel ruptur
    OP, what was asked in Confluent’s onsite? Any help would be appreciated
    Apr 11 0
  • Cruise Automation Tc350_4yoe
    We have team match?
    Mar 7 3
    • Big Switch Networks / Eng script
      OP
      No. It’s just what I called it. I was brought in for the wrong role, passed technical bar but had an interview with the wrong EM. Had a follow up call with the right EM who didn’t feel my background was a match so no offer.
      Mar 7
    • Amazon gjfjfj
      What role did they have you interview for instead of swe?
      Mar 8
    • Big Switch Networks / Eng script
      OP
      I interviewed for SWE but just the wrong team.
      Mar 8

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