I went through a terrible experience doing Facebook interview!

Booking.com zCIM03
Apr 26 39 Comments

So I think my recent experience with Facebook will make me refuse any future interview requests with them ever!
So here is the long story. I was approached last year by a recruiter for a position of senior solution engineer. He talked with me for a while and verified that my experience fits very well into that (I have about 17 years of experience in several countries and in several FAANG companies and startups)
The process took about 3 months until I reached the F2F phase.
I had a loop of 5 interviews. I performed hundreds of interviews to many people in several countries when I was at FAANG so I guess I know enough to judge my performance in an interview and by far I put it in the top 3 interviews when it comes to my performance.
I was walking out of that office 100% sure that I got the job to the extent that I started to plan when I will quit my current job, plan things, etc

The interview was on a Friday. The recruiter told me that I will probably hear back on Tuesday or Wednesday. Worst case scenario, will be Friday.

I sent him a thank you email after I left, didn’t get a response at all for it. Waited Tuesday and Wednesday and sent him SMS asking for a heart beat. Got nothing back
So sent email on Thursday, got an auto response back that he left for his vacation and will be back after 10 days!
Vacation?! Seriously?! Without telling me anything?

So I tracked down the coordinator and emailed her to check for me, she got another recruiter and he told me that the team decided not to continue the process about two days ago (which meant that my impressions were 180 degrees wrong which was almost impossible) which meant that something went wrong very badly and worst, I have no clue what was it. So I needed to know what was it.

He told me to check with my recruiter when he is back about more info regarding this (he actually volunteered that info because I didn’t ask him about details)

I emailed my recruiter twice after that and got nothing back! Like my emails were going into a black hole!

Super disrespectful from Facebook to treat a candidate like that! So the candidate didn’t pass? Well, let’s just treat him as garbage and never even reply back to his emails or bother giving him any feedback about why he wasted all what time with us or anything!

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TOP 39 Comments
  • Microsoft JT907!
    Welcome to the club.
    Apr 26 0
  • Facebook
    rrrtty rfg

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    rrrtty rfgmore
    As per personal experience, each time I felt great after an interview - I did not pass, and the opposite. It FB is we see a candidate is not making it - we are trying to make interview experience pleasant for an interviewer, so the person is not getting too upset. I was sure I did not pass FB loop but got an offer.
    Apr 26 0
  • Facebook public2
    I've noticed (at all companies) that anyone who says they 100% got a job never gets the job. Anyone else notice this?
    Apr 26 9
    • Facebook public2
      Yep seriously the us is very lawsuit heavy and therefore most public companies won't risk it. I'm sorry you found it disrespectful.

      Huh? I didn't talk about a data point. I said in my observation everyone who thinks they undoubtedly will get a job end up not and I asked if other's have noticed this too. Your data point is just one. Glad you are laughing regardless!
      Apr 26
    • Booking.com zCIM03
      OP
      Most public companies?
      Microsoft, google, apple, LinkedIn, booking, amazon, Uber is just a sample of companies that I saw are doing it!
      Having someone who invests money and time to come interview with you and just ignore them as if nothing happen is not just disrespectful, it not even professional!
      Apr 26
    • Microsoft / IT
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      Didn't that coordinator give you the necessary info?
      Try not to generalize a company based on one recruiter.
      Apr 26
    • Booking.com zCIM03
      OP
      No. They didn’t
      Apr 26
    • Facebook public2
      Ok, again just offering my data point, use or ignore as you wish! Sorry again that you had a bad experience; that is obviously not the goal.
      Apr 26
  • Oracle 🌕 moon
    They did the same to me. Don't worry, move on
    Apr 26 0
  • Lyft preipo
    My facebook interview experience has been pretty decent. Usually recruiter will always call back to let me know the results. I got an offer (finally) and they let me know the next day of the interview.
    Apr 26 11
    • Lyft preipo
      Haha i interviewed tons with FAANG. Dunnoe about fb but people get into google after failing multiple times.
      Apr 26
    • Oracle pzd
      Congratulations on finally making it dude 🙌💯
      Apr 26
    • BMO / Data krlm28
      @preipo haha congrats!! And can I ask - you said you got 3 rejections and 1 offer from FB, over what period did it happen? Was it like an interview per year?
      Apr 26
    • Lyft preipo
      Yupp 2 onsite reject 1 phone reject then finally 1 offer
      Apr 26
    • Oracle pzd
      You are my new idol man
      Apr 26
  • Facebook
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    rrrtty rfgmore
    Sorry for your experience. Don’t make assumptions upon a whole company though. Shitty recruiters or managers or engineers are happen to get everywhere. We will soon identify that person and fire them.
    Apr 26 1
    • Booking.com zCIM03
      OP
      Hopefully! That was extremely disrespectful
      Apr 26
  • Oracle pzd
    Tl;dr: op thought he is so smart that fb will trip on its way while sprinting to hire him. Then reality hit him from behind, and now OP is butt-hurt.
    Apr 26 1
  • Fannie Mae
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    You were so certain that you quit your job before they confirmed. Do you have family or dependants?!
    Apr 26 1
    • BMO / Data krlm28
      I don’t think he/she quit, it just says they were planing to quit. We all dream about how it would be awesome to leave the current job after a good interview, so not very surprising :)
      Apr 26
  • Amazon / Eng bCxp50
    While it's definitely shitty and unprofessional to get ghosted, a lot of this doesn't add up...you claim to have done "hundreds" of interviews while working for "FAANG" companies but seem to have a tenuous grasp on how the hiring process actually works. You should well know that it's difficult if not impossible to accurately judge your own performance, that various things can happen to slow or block the process, and that it's strictly discretionary (and often outright discouraged) to share specific feedback, depending upon the nature of it. Most of this is covered pretty explicitly in interview training, and the rest becomes obvious with experience.

    More importantly, you do give off the impression that you've been somewhat pushy and aggressive (multiple unanswered emails and texts--was there an actual reason for doing that beyond satisfying your own anxiety?). Recruiters ARE still people, and while they do have a professional obligation to provide a certain amount of support and information to their candidates (and yes, it does sound this one failed to do that, assuming your version of the story is reliable), how you treat them will certainly be mirrored to some extent in how they treat you in return.
    Apr 27 0
  • Facebook liam
    I'm sure if you did great at FB interview you would also perform well at Google interview 😉
    Apr 26 0
  • Cerner / Eng Zenobia
    They should atleast drop an email.
    I think it’s pretty common with FB to not reach out to the candidates with whom they are not willing to move further. I have had similar experience with FB and have read other posts here on Blind about same.

    Another thing I didn’t like about them was the recruiter deciding which role would suit the best for me instead of talking to me if I am interested in a specific role or not. I interviewed with them in June last year for iOS app dev and didn’t clear it. Was ready to wait for another year to apply again and instead I was contacted by another recruiter in Sept who was pretty much try to convince me that I could be a good fit for support and I should interview with them for the support role.
    Apr 26 0
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    • Booking.com zCIM03
      OP
      Although I am the last person to say anything good about booking, but believe it or not, even people who do TERRIBLY at interviews, get a call back to get the results and why they won’t get the job!
      Apr 26
  • Apple industry
    I had the exact same experience with h LinkedIn
    Apr 26 0
  • New mrg
    I had a really great interview experience at FB. Recruiter was great. RCs were friendly. They even set up multiple in-person informational meetings before and after my loop. Sorry you had a bad experience.
    Apr 26 0
  • Facebook vFfi02
    I always submit feedback within 1 hour of the interview. Most of my colleagues as well. Usually we don't have that here. Sorry for your experience
    Apr 26 0
  • Google arUb75
    Facebook and Google are actually top 2 at interview process. If FB process looks bad to you, imagine how bad Apple and Walmart Labs will be.
    Apr 26 0