Mean Uber interview experience in Seattle

Groupon Sleep<
Nov 18, 2018 22 Comments

There is a difference b/n not solving a problem and being actively screwed by the interviewer!
During phone on-screen was given a problem which I correctly solved recursively. Interviewer asked for iterative solution, and I gave him correct iterative solution with O(n) extra space, interviewer asked to improve space usage - and this is where I went off track. Yet interviewer was actively encouraging my approach, verbally acking every step. I felt, however, that something is off, so upon finishing, asked to confirm, whether it’s the expected solution. Interviewer said: “Yes, pretty much” and promptly proceeded to finish phone screen 30 mins early. Then, it turned out that he wrote a negative review, not recommending me for onsite. If he knew that I am on wrong track, during the interview, he effectively was luring me into the trap and shut the door as soon as I went all the way in, not leaving me any chances to back out and recover.

comments

Want to comment? LOG IN or SIGN UP
TOP 22 Comments
  • Microsoft Blahblah8
    Every 1 of 4 interviewer is like that. That is why interview is total luck for many qualified peopple. That one interviewer might have unconscious bias or have bad communication skills or lives in his own world and what not. I saw many sane engineers acting irrationally when they become interviewer. I actually learn more about a person when one becomes an interviewer. It tells you a lot about the person just like team sports or driving can sometime show people’s other side. Interview is random once one becomes qualified. There are so many interviewers who don’t know how to make interviewees succeed and make them fail or have their own weird standard. Alas, that is the world we live in and that is human society.
    Nov 18, 2018 0
  • New / Product Hunt-er
    It’s always a two-way evaluation. If they screwed you during the interview they probably would do so if you get hired. Avoid these loser companies
    Nov 18, 2018 2
    • Groupon Sleep<
      OP
      I wouldn’t judge the whole company by a single engineer. However I feel they should step up interview training.
      Nov 18, 2018
    • New / Product Hunt-er
      I would. It means they don’t have a good practice in place. It’s your call though. I usually ditch the companies that treat me that way.
      Nov 18, 2018
  • Facebook / Eng
    onlysmellz

    Facebook Eng

    PRE
    Facebook, Google, Snapchat
    onlysmellzmore
    Great story. Do you have a question too?
    Nov 18, 2018 2
    • Groupon Sleep<
      OP
      Not such a great story from my perspective! The initial question was pre-order traversal of binary tree, the follow-up where I went off track was to write an iterator that executes same traversal.
      Nov 18, 2018
    • LexisNexis Risk Solutions XgsJva6
      So, you used a stack to do that?
      Nov 18, 2018
  • Intuit t0@y
    And what was wrong in asking for iterative tree traversal? It would’ve given you extra credits as not many candidates could even explain the idea how to do it.
    Nov 18, 2018 4
    • New / Product Hunt-er
      Inconsistent interview process is an indication of company’s culture
      Nov 18, 2018
    • Intuit t0@y
      Perhaps, I missed that. The questions were about tree traversal and your thoughts of optimizations. What was inconsistent?
      Nov 18, 2018
    • Groupon Sleep<
      OP
      I haven’t complained in my post about the question, It was about interviewer’s dishonesty. He approved the approach and then apparently lied that he agrees with the solution, when he hasn’t. The actual question that was asked is irrelevant to my story.
      Nov 18, 2018
    • Intuit t0@y
      I see, perhaps misunderstood it, apologies. But, how do you know what he told in his feedback?
      Nov 18, 2018
  • Amazon / Eng Bs)&:!
    I have had a very negative experience interviewing with Uber myself. In my experience they have some very nasty senior engineer staff there. They just want to feel smarter than the interviewee. Very toxic. I would not interview there again.

    I had a terrible in-person experience with one guy in particular. He asked a question outside the job description and domain knowledge of my resume and sat there the whole time frowning at me and getting frustrated and short with me. Rolling his eyes. Worst interview I’ve ever had.
    Nov 19, 2018 3
    • Intel / Eng
      Marvel555

      Intel Eng

      PRE
      Verizon
      Marvel555more
      Wow. Sounds horrible!! I heard it’s getting better. have a phone screen with them today. Hope I don’t see the same behavior.
      Nov 19, 2018
    • Generally people who get rejected view the experience in a negative light
      Nov 19, 2018
    • Amazon / Eng Bs)&:!
      I had an offer you twat
      Nov 19, 2018
  • Microsoft / Product TacoBoss
    Not heard good things about culture at Uber. They seem to have a lot of assholes
    Nov 19, 2018 1
  • Google sm1le
    I suggest you stop asking interviewers for hints (acking your solution for example). If you can solve then solve it yourself and without hints.
    Nov 19, 2018 0
  • Apple berojgar2
    What did you expect? The interviewer to argue with you about how crappy is your solution? His job is to observe your thought process and make a decision wether to go forward in the process. He is not your mentor to correct you or help you. Step up and move on.
    Nov 19, 2018 1
    • New / Data
      Nullify

      New Data

      PRE
      Square
      Nullifymore
      You probably have the same mentally as the interviewer. If you give an interviewee a question and he solve it you later asked a follow up question he solves it and the third follow up question and he could not do it and you accept the solution in his face while he still have some time remaining, you know that solution is not right and the write a bad review for that candidate; that is pure evil
      Nov 19, 2018
  • Microsoft BangTrue!
    Also do you really want to go to Uber? Much better options now
    Nov 18, 2018 0