In serious need of right direction and thought process

PwC / Data sdcc63
May 7 28 Comments

I have been rejected from on site interview four times in a row now.

> Amazon : Data Analyst
> Facebook : Business Integrity Specialist
> Expedia : Sr. Strategy Analyst
> Facebook : Product Data Opetations Specialist

Current role : Associate, Data & Analytics
YoE : US - 2, Total - 4.5

Interviews ended with a good note with coverage of questions more than 90%.

I have practiced endless SQL and case studies by now and have every piece of resume well covered with STAR examples.

I have no clue what's not working or I haven't drilled it yet (Recruiters state the protocol of not disclosing feedback). I'm feeling that I'm losing it all with these rejections.

Anyone sharing similar present or past experiences or the right approach to dissect the real problem is appreciated.

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TOP 28 Comments
  • Deloitte Rolly
    Dear OP,

    It’s hard and frustrating for sure. Whenever you get a reject, it sometimes makes you feel like a failure. You start questioning yourself why are you even trying, what’s the point. You question whether you’re ever gonna be good enough. I always tell people I don’t know how you truly feel. And to be honest, I really don’t know. But I’ve applied to a lot of companies and always get rejected. I’ve got rejected by Bloomberg once and Google once, and Microsoft once too. Airbnb or most companies wouldn’t even bother giving me an interview because of my YOE, the school I was from or where I work. And it definitely hurt me mentally a lot. I still get hurt whenever I receive a rejection from all the companies I applied for.

    But don’t let that be the end. Always tell yourself that it will be worth it. You just gotta push on. Everytime you fail, it just brings you closer to where you’re supposed to be one day. I’m not a smart kid, so I couldn’t say that I studied 6 months and ace the interviews. I personally would say that my journey has come close to 3 years by now. Only recently did I managed to score an offer from one of the bigs. But it definitely wasn’t easy, the self doubts and time. But I think it will all be worth it in the end.

    There is no problem about you or the company. You will always be enough for yourself, but don’t stop working hard to be the best you can be. We’re all in this together and one day we will all look back and be proud of all the hard work we’ve put in.

    You are great already and you’ll be greater OP.

    Looking forward to seeing you attaining your dreams through hard work
    May 7 1
    • PwC / Data sdcc63
      OP
      Thanks a bunch for these amazing words. Motivation is the key 🙌
      May 8
  • New / Eng
    B.O

    New Eng

    PRE
    Amazon, Zillow Group
    B.Omore
    Try some interviews on Pramp.com
    May 7 2
    • PwC / Data sdcc63
      OP
      Thank you
      May 7
    • New / Eng
      B.O

      New Eng

      PRE
      Amazon, Zillow Group
      B.Omore
      No worries man, I was in the same position as you are now... Pramp helped me a lot.. at least to rehearse and get comfortable in my own skin and be able to deliver my thoughts better... also for coding and system design..
      May 7
  • PayPal / Eng v3nm0
    I don't know much about the domain but wondering if there was anything specific in the interview feedback that you can share? That might help people better assert your situation.
    May 7 2
    • PwC / Data sdcc63
      OP
      I wish I could supplement that information. I was able to cover pretty much all the questions (beh. + tech). My best bet is to streamline the structure of my responses.
      May 7
    • PayPal / Eng v3nm0
      Understood. Keep up the hustle and good luck. Hopefully someone can point you in the right direction here.
      May 7
  • BBDO sxYo02
    Keep in mind you're getting rejected from the top companies. Almost everyone gets rejected from the top companies. Everyone wants to work there so they can be extremely picky because there's likely someone better - always.

    Some people are good enough to make it to the minor leagues in baseball or play college football but ultimately never make it to the big leagues. It happens.

    If you're not making it to the onsite than you're falling the technical portion which can be improved with practice and study. If you were getting rejected from onsite than I'd say you might just have a personality problem you're unaware of.
    May 10 1
    • PwC / Data sdcc63
      OP
      That's helpful insight. Thanks for sharing.
      May 13
  • New / Other hex€3@
    Here’s an interesting fact, people hire people they like and can identify with and they usually make at least 7 separate but powerful (and intractable) decisions about how much they “like” you in the first 2-3 seconds. If you’re failing this first part, you can do a few things to trick them into believing they like you during the interview like
    1— asking them for a beverage or to borrow something like a pen or piece of paper—when people give you something they subconsciously attribute that to liking you. Nobody gives thins to people they don’t, normally, right?
    2— compliment them. People feel good around people they like and if you make them feel good, they’ll make the same subconscious connection
    3—mirror behavior. If they lean in when they talk, you lean in. If they touch their face or hair, you do the same. If they cross their legs... you get the idea. Acting like them makes them believe you ARE one of “them”
    4— let them talk more than you. Ask them a ton of things like “what do you like about working here. Why did you join. What gets you up in the morning. Who’s you’re favorite team mate”. People looooove to talk about them selves and when you make them feel good like this, it’s maybe the number one thing I never forget to do. I mean people really really dig it. Ever unload on your best friend and you just feel...better... after? It’s no different no matter who’s listening.
    5— I don’t do this as much but submissive Behaviour works well depending on who your with. Tilting you head slightly down so you have to look “up” at them is an example of this...

    A little psychology can go a long way. Seems you have the technical skills to get all these interviews, but might be missing on that piece that, actually, matters more most of the time even tho it’s subconscious almost entirely
    May 8 1
    • PwC / Data sdcc63
      OP
      Thanks a lot for providing a different and interesting perspective on the scenario. I will keep these in mind for sure.
      May 8
  • Morgan Stanley hotChicken
    It's sad, but you also got rejected from top tier companies. That doesn't mean you aren't good.
    Keep it up!
    May 7 1
    • PwC / Data sdcc63
      OP
      Thanks for the push.
      May 7
  • Apple etubrute
    Pay for some professional mock interviews. Nobody can really tell you where you’re going wrong. Have a buddy mock interview you as well.
    May 7 1
    • PwC / Data sdcc63
      OP
      I did try that before. I will try it again. Thanks.
      May 7
  • New / Eng
    B.O

    New Eng

    PRE
    Amazon, Zillow Group
    B.Omore
    How did you get two interviews for different roles at FB?
    May 7 1
    • PwC / Data sdcc63
      OP
      Both of them had a gap.
      Thanks for the relevancy of the comment.
      May 7
  • Clover Health AsQd52
    What types of interviews are they covering?
    May 7 3
    • PwC / Data sdcc63
      OP
      Mix of Tech + Case study + Beh.
      May 7
    • Clover Health AsQd52
      Where do you think you are likely struggling? SQL is usually very much a, can you get over the bar, so not something I usually recommend spending a lot of time on. I usually see either fundamental misunderstandings about the 3 core areas, or the inability to appropriately scope and have skepticism. What kinds of case studies are you practicing+
      May 7
    • PwC / Data sdcc63
      OP
      I am able to solve SQL questions asked during the interview usually covering multiple joins and sub queries (not very complex). It could be a fundamental misunderstanding (at this point, I want to prepare everything to the top) but I can't be sure. I practice mgmt cs - revenue, customer base, new mkt expansion, 4p's + 3c's, Porter's, root cause(why).

      I think I'm struggling with scope of my responses and structure.
      May 7
  • EA / Data Inthegame
    How many yoe do you have? And what is your role at PwC?
    May 7 2
    • PwC / Data sdcc63
      OP
      Current role : Associate, Data & Analytics
      YoE : US - 2, Total - 4.5
      May 7
    • BBDO sxYo02
      You're still pretty junior-mid.
      May 10
  • Why are you even applying for Senior Strategy Analyst? How is that like the other jobs or your current job? How are you qualified?
    May 7 1
    • PwC / Data sdcc63
      OP
      It was a unique mix of data analyst with strategy acumen and I have some exp in that.
      May 8
  • IBM dengg
    I was/am in the same situation. I made it to final rounds of facebook and amazon and other big companies.

    I noticed that there is a big confusion in the data/analytics fields. Some companies post data engineer titles or job description while they’re really looking for a data scientist, business analyst, or even an SDE.

    Try to find out exactly what kind of tasks you’ll be doing and what tools and technology they’re using and make a strong case in the interview portraying how your skills and experience are the best match.

    I ended up clearing amazon on the second attempt for a data engineer role. I am mostly running sql and building tableau reports. I’m trying to get out of it now...
    Jul 19 0