On-site interview - Backend Engineer - System Design?

New jxAY68
Jul 20 6 Comments

Intro:

Graduated from school in December 2018 >> started working at a stealth startup in the Bay Area (Risk Analytics and Backend) as a SWE to go through a rapid learning phase >> currently recruiting to join a more mature and growing company/FAANGULTAD

Current TC: 93k
YOE: 0.5, lol

Question:

Went on an on-site (for L1 SWE) very recently and was only tested on database design there - struggled with arriving at the efficient design answer (denormalized relation), but definitely was able to showcase my knowledge of problem decomp/data object modeling/ERD/database trade offs.

There was a previous phone interview that lasted 1.5 hours with challenging algo/OOP/language-specific questions that I did well on. Also, was able to strike good technical conversations (filled with brain teasers, probability questions, and more conversations on the company’s vision/dev process etc.) with VP and other Engineers. Only negative point was my sub-par performance in the design round.

What do you think my chances are for getting an offer?

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  • Amazon pokeman
    Startups usually have some rockstar engineers. I wouldn’t worry about TC right now. You can really learn a lot more valuable skills at a startup than a large company. I haven’t learn much of anything at Amazon the last year except how to BS and politic your way to the top. Everything of value I’ve learned was from a startup with less than 100 engineers.
    Jul 20 1
    • Bloomberg 1337c4lyfe
      I thought you’re supposed to learn how to scale things on a planet scale at Amazon... no?
      Jul 20
  • New jxAY68
    OP
    Ok...so what do y’all think would be my possibility for getting an offer at this company? We have digressed lol
    Jul 20 1
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      仆街 冚家鏟

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      🤬🤪🥴🥺🤫😜🤦‍♂️
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      Anything is possible. Just continue leetcoding and grokking system design
      Jul 20
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    仆街 冚家鏟

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    🤬🤪🥴🥺🤫😜🤦‍♂️
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    How do you survive with 93k in the bay area?
    Jul 20 1
    • New jxAY68
      OP
      Lol it’s my first job + I’m living with family - it works for now, but I’m aware I have to scale up/am worth more in the market
      Jul 20