Planning to jump ship.
I have 14 onsite interviews scheduled next week . First 4 for practice, next 10 are for serious companies.
Is 14 companies too much (or unnecessary) ?
It might take out a lot of my PTOs
I am giving so many interviews in the hope of being able to negotiate better
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- I did this! I scheduled 16 interviews when I was jumping ship a few years ago. In NY, SFO, Seattle and LA. I started with San Francisco and Seattle and by the time I did 8 of them I was already mentally exhausted. I had 5 offers by then so I ended up canceling al of the NY and LA ones. I strongly advise to just have 2 or 3 as preparation and then the next 3-4 to be the companies you really want to work for. If you leave those last to "practice more" you will very likely perform worse than if you didn't practice at all.
- New tlb-missNo dude you will be mentally exhausted.
If you do sprints everyday for 2 weeks surely you'll be super fit at the end of those 2 weeks right? No, because you didn't give your muscles time to rest and recover. You will probably dread going to the gym after the first few days.
It's the same for your brain. That's why spaced repetition is a thing. Going hard for 2 weeks straight will just suck the motivation out of you.
- New / EngBogoSortmore14 is too much. I did practice rounds but spread them out. I did 9 on-site and started to feel exhausted towards the end. Just optimize for 2 practice and 5 serious. May be 2 serious ones should be for boosting competing offers.
Remember, a successful on-site follows with painstakingly long follow up process and often lot more phone calls and (reverse) interviews.
- Practice my friend
Did top 100 liked questions on Leetcode
Studied various articles and watched videos for system design
But the main thing is practice. It’s best to go out there and practice by taking real interviews rather than preparing in silo.
Interview nervousness and lack of confidence are the performance killers. You can fight them better with more practice.
- How are you taking time off work? Is ur mgr suspecting? I have many coming up too but not as many. I'm already exhausted doing phones
- I did 13 when jumping ship not including internal xfer. If you are going might as well go all the way
- 14 seems really overkill unless you have low confidence of landing offers...
- Microsoft / Data_john_doeHey cJ8oNw! Completely off topic, how is it like to work at MathWorks? What kind of teams are there? What kind of team is your team? I used MatLab a lot and really liked it even better than Python. I was wondering how is it to work there how hard are the interviews? What tech stack do I need? You can DM me or just answer here. Enlighten me, please!
- It is most likely team dependent but my team doesn't really do LC style interviews, but more behavioral, resume based interviews + presentation. Tech stack is pretty much internal tools + perforce + whatever dev env you want. WLB is really great in most dev teams. There are a lot of different teams since MATLAB + Simulink cover a huge area. The only downside is that the compensation is pretty average, and career growth seems a bit slow.
- It’s a bit much and will make all of the roles blend together in your head making it harder to decide which is best for your goals. Unless the goal is highest comp I’d scale it back and pick 3-5 of your top choices.
Did you already do 14 rounds of phone ? That’s gotta be exhausting.