Is it me or normal or just bad luck

Microsoft GdXH25
Nov 6 22 Comments

I interviewed with MSFT on campus in November 2016, received this email

You did a great job at your interview and we are very interested in pursuing you as a candidate for Microsoft. Unfortunately, at this point time, we have filled our allotted Full-time spots for your school, which means that we won’t be able to interview you for this position this school year.

never got on site, just back and forth email between me and changing recruiters (yes, I talked with 4 different recruiters that got assigned to my school) for a year.

Was working in a small company for 1.5 year with 68k TC.

I interviewed with Citrix on site for SE position, it went well. They said I might be better suit for Senior position (which I was certainly not as I had < 2 YOE). They took two more but video interviews. Then got reject for both.

I got interviewed with another company in DC. They offered me a job went back and forth on negotiation then finally we agreed upon some numbers. They started H1 transfer and before sending application to USCIS they rescinded the offer. I talked with my friend there, he told me they hired some new grad on OPT for lower salary.

Then I interviewed with MSFT. Had 5 technical programming interviews, did well and got a job.

Got too relaxed and screwed up so bad, my manager advised me to start looking for opportunities outside msft.

interviewed with google, cleared interviews, started team matching, cleared HC, talked with one manager that didn't workout, suddenly my recruiter called and told me the SVP rejected my application.

Interviewed with TripAdvisor, I did well in interview they tried to match me with other team than they interviewed me and told me that they do team matching later. The other team I talked with was (may be told to) just focus on behavioral and work experience questions. I am really good at problem solving which I couldn't showcase. My original recruiter reached out to me and told me that the requirements of first team changed so they tried to match with other.

I also screwed up Amazon and Uber interview by not preparing behavioral (for Amazon) and System design (for both). Since I have less than 3 YOE, I have been always focused on coding problems. But I know where things went wrong, for MSFT new grad, google, tripadvisor, was it just bad luck?

TC 130k

Edit: Added 2 more stories that I missed.

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TOP 22 Comments
  • New / Biz Dev Mwtu56
    I interviewed with Microsoft 3 times...I get it. Not sure how much more I could have prepared . Sometimes I am not sure what they’re looking for...
    Nov 6 2
    • Microsoft GdXH25
      OP
      Microsoft was pretty easy for me to get in to. My onsite was 5 problem solving questions and I aced all.
      Nov 6
    • Apple StoveJabs
      Truly useful ms. Mwtu I can tell you for these companies it really comes down to luck in teams you're applying for and other candidates vs you.
      Nov 6
  • Amazon KRONjob
    Damn...I thought my story was bad...
    Nov 6 1
    • Microsoft GdXH25
      OP
      Lol, not a competition.
      Nov 6
  • Amazon spinachh
    Are you the same person who posted earlier about their manager asking them to start looking (outside Microsoft)? If yes, you need to get over what you have already screwed up, and start identifying why you screwed up.
    Nov 6 3
    • Microsoft GdXH25
      OP
      My performance has been low for few reasons that I concluded
      1. I never liked working in front end (I had 0 web developement experince, I used to work on desktop application controlling a assembly machine, which I really used to enjoy)
      2. I did not take my job as new job (I wasn't focused, hard working, stay late etc)
      3. I think my Manager expects a little more than supposedly from Level 60 (I work in team majorly consisting of Senior and Principal SEs)
      4. My communication sucks
      5. I think I am in mild depression and have been very anxious past year
      Nov 6
    • Amazon spinachh
      I once interviewed with a Microsoft team that developed software for their assembly lines. These were used in production of Surface Xbox etc. Do you still have the option to interview within Microsoft? I can provide you a contact if you want.
      Nov 6
    • Microsoft GdXH25
      OP
      Thank you offering. I can't switch teams as my yearly review has insufficient results in it.
      Nov 6
  • Slalom Consulting / Sales StankyFeet
    It sounds like your behavioral needs work. Do you shower and apply deodorant before your interview? Are your teeth black? Do you make too much eye contact? It’s hard to say if it’s bad luck without more knowledge
    Nov 6 2
    • Microsoft GdXH25
      OP
      I shower and apply deodorant and have white teeth. I never hit on the the interviewer but really not sure about quantity or quality of my eye contact.
      Nov 6
    • KPMG KPMG2
      Too much eye contact? Lol wut?
      Nov 6
  • Fast Enterprises lodoxjs8
    Seems like you just need to get better at interviewing. Sounds like you have the skills but just come off poorly in interviews
    Nov 6 1
    • Microsoft GdXH25
      OP
      I have been able to solve every coding problem asked in interview till now. I prepared well for behavioral. I am just not good with names of tools and technologies used or explaining what I did at work.
      Nov 6
  • Bloomberg errors
    Why don’t you start improving yourself at Microsoft instead of looking outside? Put all the effort in current work and save yourself from interviews and rejections.
    Nov 6 1
    • Microsoft GdXH25
      OP
      I have been. Seems like my manager doesn't care when I was trying to gather feedback he told me to keep looking.
      Nov 6
  • Amazon Nsgdbp
    It is you.
    Nov 6 0
  • E*Trade / Finance cbEV72
    #5 could be a response to troubles at work
    Nov 6 2
    • Microsoft GdXH25
      OP
      I think it definitely added to it. My earlier work place where I had lower pay and my bad interview experiences started it.
      Nov 6
    • E*Trade / Finance cbEV72
      You need to find a work that doesn’t cause anxiety otherwise it will literally cripple your health. It’s a silent killer not a joke
      Nov 6
  • Google / Eng d3j88wq
    Interviews provide a noisy signal so a few regections can just be bad luck. But it sounds like there is something you can improve, and it's hard to know what exactly without more info. See if you can find an interview practice club/meetup to practice communication and behavioral questions.
    Nov 6 0
  • Bloomberg aJwI87
    Clearly some of it is bad luck, some of it is you. Stuff like getting rejected in Google SVP is pure bad luck, but underperforming at Microsoft is completely on you.
    Nov 6 0

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