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Leetcode Hard during Phone Screen

Mar 14

Had a phone screen interview through Karat.io, a third party company that handles interviews for other companies. For the second time they give me leetcode hard. Wtf?! Are they all nuts?

Edit: applied to a non-FAANG company

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  • MathWorks cJ8oNw
    Third party company for interviews? That's a thing?
    Mar 143
    • Microsoft / Engdevpapi
      Yes it is. Similar to getting hacker rank code challenges
      Mar 14
    • MathWorks cJ8oNw
      I am assuming it's just for the initial phone tech screen?
      Mar 14
    • OP
      Yes.
      Mar 14
  • Pandora / Other
    JimMayor

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    JimMayormore
    Interviewed with Pinterest before, screening by Karat
    He asked Basic calculator i ii iii
    Mar 142
    • OP
      Did you have to implement all three? Basic calculator is leetcode hard :)
      Mar 14
    • Pandora / Other
      JimMayor

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      JimMayormore
      He stared with the easier one and kept adding requirements.
      I was only able to go half way at the last one. But I passed the screening
      Mar 14
  • Oracle PypPyp
    Recently got assigned a timed HackerRank challenge which turned out to be a LeetCode hard by a local no name company. Had to take it on my own, not on the phone, so couldn't ask questions, couldn't get real-time feedback, and even better that shitty site had incorrect instructions for the problem too. Afterwards the only feedback they passed back was "why didn't you finish" after me figuring out most optimal algorithm but failing to get code fully working in only 45 minutes. Screw that place and their bad recruiting process.
    Mar 140
  • Had similar experience with Pinterest phone screen. That LC hard was a combo of dp-dfs. Couldn't finish it time.
    Mar 142
  • New gpelxl2
    what company?
    Mar 140
  • Microsoft / Engsnicke
    I am not surprised. Leetcode hard is very common now. Even in phone screens.
    Mar 140
  • Synopsys bcvB56
    Did the code have to run and get correct solution during phone interview? Or was it whiteboard coding?
    Mar 141
    • OP
      It's a coderpad session, in which you need to pass their test cases.
      Mar 14

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