Interview experience with Netflix

Amazon / Eng 🐲ball
Aug 20, 2018 16 Comments

I had a super underwhelming interviewing experience with Netflix. Here are a few things I did not expect at all.

The good:
1. Feedback after onsite, not just a yes or no.
2. The hiring manager was great with making sure I understood the requirements of the role. 
3. The onsite wasn't a day long process.
4. Submitting expenses was a breeze.

The bad:
1. The phone interviews and onsite took over two months to schedule. Very poor communication from the recruiting team. 
2. They didn't tell me that my onsite was scheduled!!! I found out because the hiring manager sent me an email to talk about what to expect at the onsite.
3. The interviewers didn't even introduce themselves beyond providing a name. This was the case with two interview sessions during onsite. This is just not professional!
4. The problems were too open-ended, coupled with bad time management, the sessions felt rushed and didn't allow any time to think.
5. So much SQL! I bombed this part. Lack of prep was my own fault.
6. Too many domain specific questions when domain knowledge wasn't required for the role beyond basics. I am not sure what they were trying to test with a lot of these questions.
7. Whiteboard coding with 7mins left, leaving 6mins for me to write code. I'm a manager, I don't code everyday. I didn't leetcode before the interview, my bad.

It was just very poor candidate experience. This made me appreciate the insistence on a very high bar for candidate experience at Amazon. Yes, there are a lot of things not right about Amazon, but prioritizing experience, whether its a customer or candidate, is definitely something I'll try to carry forward. This is not an attempt to justify my bad performance during the interview, just sharing my subpar experience with a sought after firm.

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  • Netflix / Eng BlndrThngs
    “This made me appreciate the insistence on a very high bar for candidate experience at Amazon.”
    This was not my experience when I interviewed at the Amazon HC. For example, one manager started my interview by bad mouthing quite badly the previous candidate. I assume mileage may vary.
    Aug 20, 2018 2
    • Amazon / Eng 🐲ball
      OP
      Sorry to hear that! Guess there are bad apples everywhere. My experience with Netflix just had too many of those.
      Aug 20, 2018
    • Netflix / Eng OKyY23
      Your blind name is awesome
      Aug 20, 2018
  • Datalaab / Eng blueryze
    Among all the companies I've interviewed till now, Amazon was absolutely the worst. MS was the most pleasant interview I've had
    Aug 20, 2018 1
    • Amazon / Eng 🐲ball
      OP
      How so
      Aug 20, 2018
  • Netflix Flops
    If you really appreciate feedback after on-site I’m sure your hiring manager and recruiter will appreciate this feedback. It’s constructive, so just email them the same text!
    Aug 21, 2018 2
    • Amazon / Eng 🐲ball
      OP
      I did provide some verbal feedback to the HM, just don't want to burn bridges if it is not received with the same spirit.
      Aug 21, 2018
    • Netflix Flops
      It’s in Netflix culture to provide feedback, so it should be even more positively received than no feedback. But if you provided verbally - it’s good!
      Aug 21, 2018
  • Google / Eng qsLn73
    I interviewed there many years ago but also had a really strange experience. Basically no feedback during the interview (ie no follow up q's) very vague questions, this was with a vp and director. No coding. No real follow up afterwards either. I didn't care because I took an offer elsewhere weeks later. <6 months later they were emailing me about roles again? It really turned me off, and I'm sure I made the right decision not joining. Love their product but they didn't have their interviewing together.
    Aug 20, 2018 1
    • Amazon / Eng 🐲ball
      OP
      G
      Couldn't agree more
      Aug 20, 2018
  • Netflix Nqac32
    Wow, that's quite a few big misses by Nflx. Thanks for providing the feedback.
    Aug 23, 2018 0
  • New / Eng aYLx06
    Netflix once asked me, “Do you know JavaScript?” When it’s literally all over my resume and portfolio. Had a great experience at Amazon interview btw.
    Aug 20, 2018 0
  • New fotO47
    @ball how long of wait between on-site and decision?
    Sep 12, 2018 1
    • Netflix / Eng LukeCage
      It really varies by team, what candidates are in pipeline, if the candidate ends up a good culture fit and maybe a bette technical fit for another team.
      Sep 13, 2018
  • Microsoft WLP17
    What position? Team?
    Aug 20, 2018 1
    • Amazon / Eng 🐲ball
      OP
      I was looking at a Sr DS position with one of their Analytics teams
      Aug 20, 2018

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