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Is it too much to do 14 onsite interviews ?

Facebook faggy
Mar 13

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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  • Akamai Technologies dut
    Please List out the companies
    Mar 1310
    • Facebook faggy
      OP
      Roku
      Airbnb
      Stripe
      Dropbox
      Google
      Apple
      Square
      Lyft
      Uber
      Pinterest
      Twitter
      LinkedIn
      Netflix
      Amazon
      Mar 13
    • New yovkckw
      wow...
      Mar 13
    • Lyft / Eng2019ipo
      Which ones are for practice
      Mar 13
    • Facebook faggy
      OP
      Roku, Amazon, Apple, Pinterest
      Mar 13
    • Flagged by the community.

    • Facebook faggy
      OP
      Lol, it’s not next week. I didn’t tell the exact time duration on purpose
      Mar 13
    • Roku CsPw57
      We rarely get the privilege to interview someone from Facebook. I am sure you are the only one this quarter. ;)
      Mar 13
    • Roku CsPw57
      Btw depending on role, roku can pay better than Facebook. It was my last preference when I was interviewing last time, and yet I joined it against 3 others. One of the other three was a FAANG.
      Mar 13
    • Facebook faggy
      OP
      Thanks for letting me know. How is the wlb there?
      Mar 13
    • Roku CsPw57
      Roku mostly hires senior people (10 + yoe) and seniors usually have kids and family.. so WLB is great. However it is my personal experience. Do your own assessment. It can vary from team to team.
      Mar 13
  • New / EngTC++
    I did 14 first dates in one month. Ended up banging 3.
    Mar 131
    • Glassdoor eee3
      You banged your interviewers ?
      Mar 14
  • Salesforce uwuwhat
    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.
    Mar 139
    • Facebook faggy
      OP
      It might have to do with travel. For me almost all are in bay area.
      Mar 13
    • Salesforce uwuwhat
      I don't think it was travel. Being grilled for 5 hours 3-4 times a week for 2-3 weeks is not healthy. I only traveled to Seattle which was a 2 hours flight.
      Mar 13
    • Facebook faggy
      OP
      Won’t you get used to getting grilled after a while ?
      Mar 13
    • Facebook faggy
      OP
      All my interviews are scheduled back to back for 14 consecutive days. Am I doomed ?
      Mar 13
    • Samsung loserTRex
      Sadly yes. Eat sleep interview repeat doesn’t work!
      Mar 13
    • Salesforce uwuwhat
      I don't think you are doomed but it's going to be an additional challenge. The silver lining is that after the 3rd or 4th interview I started getting repeat questions all the time. :)
      Mar 13
    • New / EngTC++
      You will do great OP 👍
      Mar 13
    • Facebook faggy
      OP
      That’s great right? You can start nailing the interviews
      Mar 13
    • No 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.
      Mar 13
  • Tableau weRpWxr
    Unless you actually want a job at all 10, I wouldn’t bother. You probably already know who will have best offers.
    Mar 130
  • New / Eng
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    14 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.
    Mar 131
    • Uber grdgg
      Very true on the follow-up calls. I had recruiter called me 5 times a day on an offer I rejected
      Mar 13
  • New / EngFAANG_
    How did u prepare? Any study plan to share
    Mar 136
    • Facebook faggy
      OP
      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.
      Mar 13
    • Facebook faggy
      OP
      I was literally shivering and sweating during my first phone interview even though it was for a no name start up.

      And now I do it like a pro
      Mar 13
    • Apple
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      @op interviewing as general SWE or any specific specialties?
      Mar 13
    • Facebook faggy
      OP
      General
      Mar 13
    • Apple
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      @op what did you tell to recruiters when they asked about your specialty and interest ? U are jack of all trades ?
      Mar 14
    • Facebook f-book
      No jack of all trades, but like to jack off... 🤣
      7d
  • Bloomberg 🙏umki
    Op, how did you prepare? What was your study strategy?
    Mar 131
    • Facebook faggy
      OP
      I didn’t study much.

      I used real interview as mock 🤣

      Using the same strategy for onsites
      Mar 13
  • Pinterest McMG84
    .... and we wonder why the rest of the (non-tech) world thinks we're a buncha schmucks
    Mar 130
  • Uber grdgg
    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
    Mar 1314
    • Facebook faggy
      OP
      I am talking 13 PTOs to be exact. That’s not too bad I guess.

      I will take some time off between leaving fb and joining the next company to make up for that.
      Mar 13
    • Uber grdgg
      Looks U r talking to all unicorn+ companies. I'm talking to some startup too and I feel bad reject offer
      Mar 13
    • Facebook faggy
      OP
      Why leave uber?

      And which companies are you talking to?
      Mar 13
    • Microsoft vffrds6;?&
      21 days per year?
      Mar 13
    • Facebook faggy
      OP
      21 PTOs per year
      Mar 13
    • Uber grdgg
      Similar to yours. Airbnb Amazon Google Netflix Cruise Facebook Stripe and rest startups

      Banked enough Uber shares and want to diversity n not put all eggs on one baskwt
      Mar 13
    • Facebook faggy
      OP
      I am seriously considering uber. How is the culture and wlb there?
      Mar 13
    • Uber grdgg
      Wlb is great now. Lots of lazy people resting and vesting. Stock has good outlook at IPO but not sure about long term

      Lots upleveled recent hires. Don't know if you call this good culture. It's easy, but hard to move up and quality of talent went down a lot
      Mar 13
    • Facebook faggy
      OP
      I see, rest is vest is indeed what I am looking for right now. After the stressful life at FB
      Mar 13
    • Uber grdgg
      Then welcome aboard :) I hear recent offers have been good.

      We got to Google wlb too quick without good enough tech of talent to back it up, but if that's what u r looking for then more power to u
      Mar 14
  • Google RealThKu
    I did 13 when jumping ship not including internal xfer. If you are going might as well go all the way
    Mar 135
    • Facebook faggy
      OP
      Thanks for encouraging.

      Did you interview back to back? Did you find it exhausting like others claim ?

      All 14 interviews are on consecutive days spanned over 2.5 weeks
      Mar 13
    • Uber grdgg
      How did you reject offers? Did HM mgr call u and make u feel bad? I turned down a couple, but have a startup CEO call coming up too
      Mar 13
    • Google RealThKu
      I did them mostly on fridays so it was spread out. After the first few practice rounds it was more of a fun chat where I got to gloat over what I have accomplished and solve puzzles together 😊
      7d
    • Google RealThKu
      Rejecting offers was emotionally exhausting though
      7d
    • Uber tttrr
      This
      7d
  • Blend tKRb03
    i’ve done 8 back to back for 2 weeks. was fine. do it OP
    Mar 142
    • Glassdoor eee3
      Why are you leaving blend ? Seems like a cool company
      Mar 14
    • Blend tKRb03
      Culture changed significantly since I’ve joined. Also working on a product that I can’t personally use (can’t afford a condo in SF with Blend’s comp) makes it difficult to relate, contextualize and be excited about the product.
      Mar 14
  • Goldman Sachs gpwl21
    Troll
    Mar 132
    • Facebook faggy
      OP
      No man, I am serious
      Mar 13
    • Goldman Sachs gpwl21
      Oh I am sorry, I am surprised you were able to schedule 14 in a month. Anyway good luck man.
      Mar 13
  • MathWorks cJ8oNw
    14 seems really overkill unless you have low confidence of landing offers...
    Mar 132
    • Microsoft / Data_john_doe
      Hey 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!
      Mar 13
    • MathWorks cJ8oNw
      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.
      Mar 13
  • Indeed noooo
    For negotiation, you only need two very good interviews(offers) and not a lot of offers. I recently had 8 companies lined up and I was mentally exhausted by the time I gave 4 onsites(+8 phone screens + calls with hiring managers + multiple calls with recruiters).
    Mar 130
  • Microsoft naaam
    Wow basically you're covering all the unicorns! 👍
    Mar 130
  • Uber bobaboi
    Too many. Why interviewing for a company that you will never join? If for practice only a couple are enough
    Mar 130
  • Microsoft andridbe
    I’d do a Euro trip if I had that amount of vacation days.
    Seriously though, 6-8 are more than enough. 2-3 for practice and 4-6 for serious companies.
    Mar 130
  • What level at FB? Target TC? Thx
    Mar 139
    • Facebook faggy
      OP
      4.2 yoe, 350k, E5

      Not sure if everyone will give equivalent level with this low experience. So I am trying so many companies
      Mar 13
    • Wow good job. Bachelor/graduate/PhD?
      Mar 13
    • Facebook faggy
      OP
      At FB, that’s not uncommon

      I have seen people being E6 with 500k tc with only 3 yoe
      Mar 13
    • What’s made you leave FB? TC? WLB? Interesting work?
      Mar 13
    • Facebook faggy
      OP
      Stress, stress and stress of psc
      Mar 13
    • Must be tough. Good luck man!
      Mar 13
    • Microsoft vffrds6;?&
      What's psc?
      Mar 13
    • Facebook 🔥errday
      OP what exactly about PSC, the process every half or just finding ways to make impact?
      Mar 13
    • Facebook 🔥errday
      Also PSC=performance reviews
      Mar 13
  • Pandora nbWV05
    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.
    Mar 133
    • Facebook faggy
      OP
      I have done 25 phone interviews, clearered all of them except Datastax.

      Shortlisted above 14 out of those.
      Mar 13
    • Pandora nbWV05
      Wowza. If it were me I’d put my bottom picks on hold and see how it pans out with the top choices.
      Mar 13
    • Pandora nbWV05
      You can always go back to them if you don’t like the other offers etc
      Mar 13
  • Akamai Technologies dut
    How many leetcodes you did?
    Mar 131
    • Facebook faggy
      OP
      Did the 100 liked questions
      Mar 13
  • Apple
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    How long it took to did all phone interviews ?
    Mar 131
    • Facebook faggy
      OP
      1 month
      Mar 13
  • Google lenajava
    Unless it is 5 in a week it is fine. Why not to get the best chance.
    Mar 131
    • Facebook faggy
      OP
      Yes, 5 in a week.

      14 interviews back to back
      Mar 13
  • Capital One Vfua50
    It’s overkill . Keep a gap from practice to desired company and take enough sleep .
    Mar 130
  • Microsoft vffrds6;?&
    Which companies?
    Mar 130
  • eBay
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    Tc yoe?
    Mar 130

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