Likelihood of cracking at least one of these companies in the Bay?

Vistaprint / Eng 👻chat
Jul 4, 2018 53 Comments

Personal Ranking:
Google
Facebook
AirBNB
Netflix
Instagram
Snapchat
Apple
Uber
LinkedIn
Twitter
Pinterest
Lyft

I’ve done about 100 Leetcode and I have 12 paid mock interviews lined up that I haven’t completed yet. Planning on going through “Grokking the System Design Interview” as well.

I know some of the names listed at the top have a very high bar, but I’m hoping this is a big enough list that I’ll at least get a bite from one company to facilitate my move to the West Coast.

YoE: 5, TC: 175k

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  • Facebook fsjal
    18.71618%
    Jul 4, 2018 2
    • Vistaprint / Eng 👻chat
      OP
      Interesting. I’m coming up with a thirty-two point three three (repeating of course) percent chance of survival.
      Jul 4, 2018
    • Northrop Grumman / Eng fahq
      Leroy jeeeeeeeennnnnkikkiiiiiinnnnnssss
      Jul 4, 2018
  • LinkedIn / Eng Whateveran
    With 5 yoe, you should expect 350K TC from these companies... 175k TC is for new grads

    And these companies will expect you lead things at some scope
    Jul 4, 2018 8
    • Vistaprint / Eng 👻chat
      OP
      Yeah, my assumption is that G would be L4. Ive heard it’s a bit easier to break into E5 at FB, but I wouldn’t be surprised to get E4 there either.

      That being said, I’d be very happy with an offer from either regardless of level. :)
      Jul 4, 2018
    • TripAdvisor MjQK82
      Similar experience ~4 yoe but got L4 in those companies.
      Jul 4, 2018
    • Vistaprint / Eng 👻chat
      OP
      Did you decide to stay at TA?
      Jul 4, 2018
    • TripAdvisor MjQK82
      No, planning to switch
      Jul 4, 2018
    • Google GVci09
      @Linkedin - you are being a bit optimistic? 350k is L5 pay and 5 yoe at non-FANG is far more likely to get slotted at L4. Also 175k for new grad is a great offer, like 90th percentile good.
      Jul 4, 2018
  • Airbnb ckshbo
    Amazon did not make the list?
    Jul 4, 2018 3
    • Vistaprint / Eng 👻chat
      OP
      They’re included in a list of 10-20 practice companies that I will try to go through before attempting the above.

      If none of my targets turned out then I would consider one of the practice companies
      Jul 4, 2018
    • Airbnb ckshbo
      Just curious - what are the companies in the practice bucket?

      I notice companies like Microsoft, Salesforce, Dropbox/Box, Oracle, VMWare are also absent?
      Jul 4, 2018
    • Vistaprint / Eng 👻chat
      OP
      Those are all included in that bucket. Not because they aren’t fine companies, they just aren’t my top choices.
      Jul 4, 2018
  • Oracle 123hhffg
    Try 500 lc questions
    Jul 4, 2018 6
    • Oracle 123hhffg
      I know people who can do 50 a day
      Jul 4, 2018
    • Vistaprint / Eng 👻chat
      OP
      I’m currently working 45-50 hours a week, so I don’t think that’s doable under a reasonable timeline. Hopefully that quantity isn’t necessary.
      Jul 4, 2018
    • Amazon / Eng @!)6££><>
      People who can do 50 per day don’t need to do 500 in total.
      Jul 4, 2018
    • Oracle 123hhffg
      I know people did leetcode 9 times when its only 150 questions and by the 9th time he can do 50 times a day
      Jul 5, 2018
    • Vistaprint / Eng 👻chat
      OP
      Well at that point he’s just going through questions he literally has already done 8 times so...
      Jul 5, 2018
  • Symantec Snoop Dawg
    How many leetcode/day?
    Jul 4, 2018 4
    • Vistaprint / Eng 👻chat
      OP
      Hmm. Every evening I probably do 2-3 medium or 1 hard and 1 medium.
      Jul 4, 2018
    • Symantec Snoop Dawg
      Do u time box each question?
      Jul 4, 2018
    • Vistaprint / Eng 👻chat
      OP
      Somewhat. I typically don’t spend more than an hour on an individual question unless it’s a hard.
      Jul 4, 2018
    • Vistaprint / Eng 👻chat
      OP
      I spend about 2-3 hours on studying on weeknights, and 3-5 hours on studying on weekends.
      Jul 4, 2018
  • Uber / Eng cherami
    Let's say you have interviews coming up for all 12 companies you listed. Let's assume that your average offer likelihood is 10% (quite conservative). In that case, the likelihood of getting one offer is:
    1 - (1 - .1)^12 = .72
    Generalized: 1 - (1 - x)^y where x is your average likelihood and y is the number of places you interview.
    Jul 4, 2018 3
    • Vistaprint / Eng 👻chat
      OP
      Shit.
      Jul 4, 2018
    • Uber / Eng cherami
      @hey
      1 - [Π i=1, y] .95 - .02*(i-1)
      Jul 4, 2018
    • Google GVci09
      Your probability also changes dramatically as you advance, so prob that you are hired is maybe 0.1% at resume stage but 5% at phone screen stage and 25% at onsite stage.
      Jul 4, 2018
  • Facebook NSnI12
    People often do 700 to get into FB. 100 isn't enough when there are 15 categories of questions. You're not being serious enough for the list you cited. Don't waste Facebook's time.
    Jul 5, 2018 1
    • Vistaprint / Eng 👻chat
      OP
      What do you consider “serious” if people often get in with much less?
      Jul 5, 2018
  • Uber
    Clap!

    Uber

    BIO
    Seriously?
    Clap!more
    Twitter and Pinterest before Lyft?!
    Jul 4, 2018 3
    • Vistaprint / Eng 👻chat
      OP
      To be honest everything below Instagram is in the same bucket for me. Lyft did seem inherently less interesting because my perception is that it’s just a copy of Uber. That could just be my ignorance — open to hear why you think they should be taken more seriously!
      Jul 4, 2018
    • TuneIn Spelmanson
      Instagram it’s one of the facebook products, you know
      Jul 4, 2018
    • Vistaprint / Eng 👻chat
      OP
      It is — I’ve heard the hiring pipeline is separate, similar to LinkedIn with Msoft.
      Jul 4, 2018
  • Airbnb igftyhnu
    curious, where do you do your paid mock interviews through?
    Jul 4, 2018 1
    • Vistaprint / Eng 👻chat
      OP
      InterviewKickstart
      Jul 4, 2018
  • IBM / Eng ibmgbsca
    12 paid interviews?? Are you enrolled in ik bootcamp?
    Jul 4, 2018 5
    • Vistaprint / Eng 👻chat
      OP
      Yep
      Jul 4, 2018
    • IBM / Eng ibmgbsca
      Do you mind if I send you a pm? I have some questions about ik.
      Jul 4, 2018
    • Amazon / Eng @!)6££><>
      Ya, me too.
      Jul 4, 2018
    • Vistaprint / Eng 👻chat
      OP
      Nope, go for it
      Jul 4, 2018
    • Deutsche Bank Megalo
      IK is interesting - how much does it cost ?
      Jul 4, 2018
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    • Vistaprint / Eng 👻chat
      OP
      2-3 months. Not all Leetcode, I was busy going through InterviewKickstart.
      Jul 4, 2018
    • Vistaprint / Eng 👻chat
      OP
      Things ebb and flow. I’ll sure you’ll get back into it :)
      Jul 4, 2018
  • Cisco meoww
    Update?
    Jun 22 0
  • Facebook ASVS33
    Why Airbnb over Netflix and instagram?
    Jul 4, 2018 0