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My interviews experiences...

Splunk iorm72
Dec 5

Recently interviewed at three companies: one FANG like, one FANG, and third non FANG. During the interviews almost all of the questions I received were LC-hard style. Since I solved 300 LC questions I can pretty much tell the level at this point. I'm completely astonished by this. What is going on with companies these days? The FANG and FANG like companies already rejected me even though I solved their crazy questions. I feel very desperate at this point. After preparing so hard I failed two interviews and my intuition tells me that the third one will be a nay as well. Any advice will help. I feel like the level of interviews is completely off the charts... or perhaps its my bad luck.

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  • Walmart.com G8£r4d
    300 is too less. The new standard is 700 x 3 times
    Dec 57
    • Splunk iorm72
      OP
      Seriously?
      Dec 5
    • Walmart.com G8£r4d
      300 is the standard maybe 3 years ago
      Dec 5
    • Splunk iorm72
      OP
      What are you talking about? I solved 300 and resolved many of them again. It took me 3 months.
      Dec 5
    • Walmart.com G8£r4d
      If you really solved 300 then that’s enough. But most people just looked at solution and then “solved” the problem. That doesn’t count as solved
      Dec 5
    • Splunk iorm72
      OP
      I solved 300 and resolved them again. Some multiple times to make sure I understood the concepts. It helped tremendously during the onsites, and yet I was rejected regardless.
      Dec 5
    • Walmart.com G8£r4d
      If you only solved 300, then just interview with multiple companies so hoping to get some luck on one of them. If you solve 700, you probably can ace all interviews
      Dec 5
    • Gusto WtfBecky
      500 is the absolute most that you should do in reality
      Dec 5
  • Microsoft / Product@zzz
    Stop worrying about things like fang and fang like. Find something that you are truly passionate about want to pursue.

    Getting an offer is a lot more than just meeting the skill bar. I can tell you that regardless of this process, most companies still hire a certain kind of personality. And unless you figure that out no amount of leet coding will help you.
    Dec 54
    • Splunk iorm72
      OP
      Can you please be more specific?
      Dec 5
    • Blizzard others
      I feel like these companies get a lot of applicants to were they can get people who solve them AND are the personality they are looking.
      Dec 5
    • Google / EngGrange
      Meh on personality. Just do leetcode.
      Dec 5
    • Microsoft / Product@zzz
      Hard to pinpoint, but people who have great communication skills, sound mature and confident. People who will do fine whether deep in details or summarizing complex issues in simple terms to an exec.
      Dec 5
  • Microsoft / Engbeing+
    I failed both FB and Google onsites recently. Solved 200 LC (110 medium, 70 easy, rest hards). I solved most of the easy and mediums on my own and ended up seeing solutions for 75% of the hards. Out of the 10 coding problems I got in FB and Google coding rounds in the on-site, 4 were hards I had not seen before. Only one was from LC. The rest were from Geeksforgeeks or Lintcode. I have not even heard of Lintcode before encountering the questions in my FB interview!
    I managed to solve 3/4 fully on the spot (needed hints for one), but in all the rounds where I was asked a hard, I managed to solve only one question in that round. In both cases, the feedback was that I was too slow at coding. I feel your pain. I think Google was fairer, because the question was essentially a combination of tree and stacks, which I should have been able to solve without a hint, but couldn't on the spot. The questions from Lintcode which I was asked in FB were pretty ridiculous IMO. Interviewing is hard work. Keep hustling and you will get the job which is meant for you.
    Dec 60
  • Homeaway C3P0-
    I doubt it was you coding that held you back.

    It may be your demeanor, the manner in which you answer, the manner in which you took feedback and acted on it. It all plays a part in whether you get selected.

    Act too aggressive? Get rejected for not being a team player. Act too meek? Get rejected for not having a backbone. You need to have the right amount of pushback coupled with driving a consensus in a discussion.

    During my time at A FANG company, we interviewed a girl who was super smart (and super hot!) but she was so damn aggressive. It was like every question was a challenge to her feminism.

    In the end, despite almost every engineer wanting her to join, as a group we decided that hiring her would be more of a pain in the butt to deal with her on a day to day basis then hire her.
    Dec 50
  • SPS Commerce Cheerz
    That's why I can't wait to switch to another role, hopefully PM.It's really lame and sad that most interviews are now depending on people studying and memorizing these questions, not even a good indication about how bright or smart are you , Just memorize the topic, the workflow and act like you solve it for the first time!
    Dec 50
  • Google / Engrupert III
    Sorry that sounds awful 😥
    Dec 54
    • Splunk iorm72
      OP
      Im supposed to go to a Google onsite, but at this point lost all my confidence. I'm thinking that if other companies are asking crazy ass questions, Google will break the record.
      Dec 5
    • Microsoft cout<<
      Don’t lose hope. It’s a chance game on who interviews you. Take what you learned and hope for a better slate of questions.
      Dec 5
    • Intel esew61
      Interviewing for which level at Google??
      Dec 5
    • Splunk iorm72
      OP
      L5
      Dec 5
  • Oracle Leadpaint
    I’be solved 200 leetcode questions and failed 2 FANG interview loops. One ended at the phone interview stage and the other one on-site. Cleared the third one and got an offer. The ones I failed were all mostly leetcode medium or hard. The one I cleared was all leetcode medium. So I think you just need to get lucky. Don’t give up! Fortune favours the brave!
    Dec 53
    • Splunk iorm72
      OP
      Do you feel that the level has gone up?
      Dec 5
    • Oracle Leadpaint
      I’m not sure what to compare it with because I’ve interviewed with each of those companies only once. But in my experience google was hard. They asked me more leetcode hard questions than any other company. The others were mostly medium.
      Dec 5
    • Oracle Leadpaint
      FWIW, is really recommend interviewing with other companies out there. I interviewed with a small hardware company and I enjoyed their interview far more than any of the FANG interviews because they didn’t just judge me on my ability to solve leetcode questions. They asked me a lot of questions on system programming and multithreading that were actually relevant to my work experience and to the role I interviewed for I was able to show the true extent of my knowledge. I ended up getting an offer and the TC is pretty decent too. I won’t lie, it’s not as good as FANG which is what I’m joining at the end of the day but just letting you know that there are plenty of good options out there.
      Dec 5
  • Gusto WtfBecky
    Failing is normal. Supposedly a lot of Google employees failed on their first applications. Just shake off the bad interviews and apply more places.
    Dec 50
  • New Cqfn65
    People need to understand that interviewing is not only about writing solutions for leetcode exercises but, it's about how you go through your solution, how you explain your approach, how you take feedback and react to new requirements.

    Stop practicing leetcode and start practicing the way you behave during an interview
    Dec 51
    • Vertivco / R&D
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      Can you please be more specific?
      Dec 5
  • Intel blob_swan
    Don't be discouraged. You can only control what you can control. It's possible they didn't reject you because of your coding performance but because you didn't have the relevant experience they were looking for.
    Dec 51
    • Homeaway C3P0-
      FANG don’t usually give a shit about experience. It all comes down to whether you can answer their questions and the manner in which you do.

      Experience only comes into play for high level roles. Lower to mid-senior, they depend more on how you perform in the interview
      Dec 5
  • Amazon / Engsmsn sns
    Don't worry much. Do you leets daily and keep hustling/applying. Sometime it's not your fault.
    Dec 50

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