Interview Rejections

Salesforce sdes
Jul 12 18 Comments

Joined Salesforce some years ago through internship. That time the level of difficulty was easy. Fast forward today, I’ve failed 4 interviews till date. Rejection list:
Twitter: phone
Apple: onsite
Microsoft: onsite
Amazon: onsite

Only offer I got was from a medium size company that went ipo last year but was 5% over my current TC so did not take and was my first interview.

I am really feeling rejected and think I prepared everyday for last 6 months for nothing. Now I have an onsite with Netflix next week but I’m thinking of postponing it indefinitely. I have been doing some self reflection and can say that I am never able to solve a problem I’ve never seen before and that’s what has happened in all interviews. After solving 250 leetcode questions (medium hard and easy) it is really disappointing. Also I feel OOD has been a pain point for me. Any pointers anyone? Should I take some time off and try again?

Current TC: 210k

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  • Yelp
    real_dick

    Yelp

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    Google
    real_dickmore
    Maybe you’re that bad lol
    Jul 12 2
    • Salesforce sdes
      OP
      Maybe I am, but I want to improve. That’s why I am asking.
      Jul 12
    • New / Eng YMKy07
      Real dick indeed
      Jul 13
  • Salesforce sdes
    OP
    Yes, I studied algorithms initially for a couple of months before jumping to questions. Also I could only give like 2-3 hours everyday which equals to 1-2 medium questions per day at my pace.
    Jul 12 8
    • Salesforce sdes
      OP
      Yeah i almost always try to get to optimized solutions. Do you have any suggestions for maze and graph traversal problems as I seem to get stuck on them a lot.
      Jul 12
    • Amazon / Eng nejsjxueb
      https://www.geeksforgeeks.org/ is good source if you want to target on specific type of problems. They progress from easy to hard with some variations. For maze it is almost always a backtracking algorithm and for graphs get started with BFS and DFS and then look into a bit complex approaches. Introduction to Algorithms by Cormen is a great source for that. Also, there are many YouTube tutorials for DP and graph problems.
      Jul 12
    • Amazon / Eng nejsjxueb
      I think it is good to get some feedback from the companies you have mentioned in your post. Helps you focus on areas of improvement than looking all over the place.
      Jul 12
    • Salesforce sdes
      OP
      Thanks for the pointers. I asked for feedback but apple and amazon did not give any. Msft said test cases were not comprehensive and Twitter never came back. I think I get what you are saying. Try to reach a solution by myself and probably in the first submit solution on leetcode and then see further optimizations possible.
      Jul 12
    • IMS Health / IT
      iLoveLeet

      IMS Health IT

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      Cognizant
      BIO
      Software professional always looking for something better
      iLoveLeetmore
      I am in same boat as you and getting better everyday.
      Done with 250 Lc and CTCI, spending time on EPI now and feeling that I am learning something new every time.
      We can be in touch if you are comfortable.
      Jul 12
  • Oracle not_larry
    You are destined to be in FNG.
    Jul 12 0
  • BBDO sxYo02
    Are you bombing at the tech stuff or do you just suck at the behavioral questions / soft skill stuff?

    Maybe working with an interview coach could highlight some stuff you're missing. I've thought about doing this because I typically suck at interviewing.

    Also, keep in mind that you're being rejected from the TOP TIER of tech companies. Not everyone gets to play in the NFL or MLB.
    Jul 19 0
  • Salesforce vvldoepf9
    Did you get in somewhere yet?
    Aug 19 1
    • Salesforce sdes
      OP
      Nope. I kind of stopped looking due to family things. Will be starting again.
      Aug 19
  • Salesforce sdes
    OP
    Also is interview postponing necessarily a bad thing? I don’t want to ruin my chances at Netflix.
    Jul 13 0
  • Alibaba Group / HR
    gdruje

    Alibaba Group HR

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    Why should anyone put a bio on blind? Who is your product guy?
    gdrujemore
    You only finished 250 LC in 180 days?
    Jul 12 0

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