Only 1 offer from 4 onsites. What am I doing wrong?

New / Eng ufJz68
Oct 18, 2018 58 Comments

I have an offer from Bloomberg, but was rejected after an on-site at Spotify, Squarespace and Asana (near Miss too).

What am I doing wrong?

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  • Dolby
    MoreTaco

    Dolby

    BIO
    Just browsing. Very happy at current company.
    MoreTacomore
    Are you an introvert? Are you socially awkward? Are you narcissistic? Are you not understanding questions they ask or not providing deep enough answers? Do you smile? Is your smile too creepy? Did you shower? Did you show up early/too early/late? Did you leave trash behind? Did your attire match the culture?

    It’s really hard to pinpoint without seeing how you perform in an interview.
    Oct 18, 2018 15
    • New / Eng ufJz68
      OP
      It's not that I can't communicate, I just can't do it without thinking. Written and formal speaking is not a problem.
      Oct 18, 2018
    • Microsoft vplc07
      So you can’t do spontaneous communication / think on your feet
      Oct 18, 2018
    • Dolby
      MoreTaco

      Dolby

      BIO
      Just browsing. Very happy at current company.
      MoreTacomore
      Understand, it is a bit difficult when you have a personality that doesn’t lend well to being able to do small talk or be quick on your feet.

      Do you happen to rehearse your interviews before you go? Sometimes having a prepared script of the most common questions really helps. Though, I would suggest find roles where communication isn’t quite so pivotal to the role (however, that’s very difficult to do).

      Ever try building out a portfolio and trying to let that speak for itself? Be upfront with your strengths but tell them in advance your core isn’t around interviews. They might like your honesty and be more lenient.
      Oct 18, 2018
    • Visa Qwi
      😂👌
      Oct 28, 2018
    • New dUNA71
      Great advice from @MoreTaco on prepping. I have a pretty poor recall memory (my brain is great at concepts, not at specifics), so I have to prep a lot on my work history to be able to answer certain types of interview questions.
      Oct 30, 2018
  • Depends on what you ARE doing
    Oct 18, 2018 0
  • Bloomberg tdrma
    Share your Bloomberg's offer
    Oct 18, 2018 7
    • New / Eng ufJz68
      OP
      4.1 YoE
      Oct 18, 2018
    • Microsoft Blkman
      For 4 years that’s a great offer.
      Oct 18, 2018
    • Accenture pJwc45
      Thats very good offer dude
      Oct 18, 2018
    • Microsoft / Eng niceID
      is that senior role?
      Oct 18, 2018
    • New / Eng ufJz68
      OP
      Yes
      Oct 18, 2018
  • Facebook / Eng
    hotwm

    Facebook Eng

    PRE
    Amazon
    hotwmmore
    Numbers game. 25% success is pretty good. Interview at 100 places and Bam! You have 25 offers!
    Oct 18, 2018 5
    • Deutsche Bank HTC
      Take 6 months leave for 100 interviews ?
      Oct 18, 2018
    • Microsoft / Eng niceID
      one child will do the trick
      Oct 18, 2018
    • Facebook / Eng
      hotwm

      Facebook Eng

      PRE
      Amazon
      hotwmmore
      Get into a relationship/gf with a pregnant lady and then breakup with her. 6 months gig.

      That might also require practice. I suspect a higher accpetance that 25% to get into relationship with such lady
      Oct 18, 2018
    • Microsoft / Eng niceID
      adoption should do as well—-hacker way
      Oct 18, 2018
    • Facebook / Eng toxicology
      Getting rid of adoption is super tough.
      Oct 28, 2018
  • Gusto JKXOTB584h
    How much leetcoding did you do?
    Oct 18, 2018 4
    • New / Eng ufJz68
      OP
      Not that much actually. A little bit every week for a few months. Nothing too intense.
      Oct 18, 2018
    • Gusto JKXOTB584h
      Sounds like you could have prepped more. Also, it’s just luck
      Oct 18, 2018
    • New / Eng ufJz68
      OP
      Technically I was good. 2 of 3 rejections said that. One was not enough domain expertise, one was communication issues
      Oct 18, 2018
    • Gusto JKXOTB584h
      Lol why did you make this thread if you already knew that...
      Oct 19, 2018
  • Veritas Vzxq63
    YOE?
    Oct 18, 2018 2
    • New / Eng ufJz68
      OP
      4.1 YoE
      Oct 18, 2018
    • Microsoft / Eng Meowth
      You weren't precise enough with your YOE. Companies are only looking for ppl with 4.13 - 4.17 yoe this time of year.
      Oct 19, 2018
  • Visa 🧐🤫q
    Location?
    Oct 18, 2018 1
    • New / Eng ufJz68
      OP
      NYC
      Oct 18, 2018
  • Amazon im42
    Provides no background info, just asks for advice. Trolls incoming.
    Oct 18, 2018 0
  • Vanguard
    Skips

    Vanguard

    PRE
    Vanguard
    Skipsmore
    Lucky you, I’ve had 8 onsites this year, 6 being top companies (FB, Yahoo, LinkedIn, Mozilla, Oculus and Yelp) and have gotten none of them.
    Oct 28, 2018 4
    • Vanguard
      Skips

      Vanguard

      PRE
      Vanguard
      Skipsmore
      Entry level
      Oct 28, 2018
    • Vanguard
      Skips

      Vanguard

      PRE
      Vanguard
      Skipsmore
      ......... how am I supposed to respond to that asshole comment ?
      Oct 28, 2018
    • Vanguard
      Skips

      Vanguard

      PRE
      Vanguard
      Skipsmore
      I prepare for all my onsites , as you can see I’m interviewing at top companies. I’m working on myself though
      Oct 28, 2018
    • Vertivco / Eng
      FastPapuan

      Vertivco Eng

      PRE
      YouTube, American Bureau of Shipping, Facebook
      FastPapuanmore
      Which data structures/algorithm questions did they ask? How fast did you have to solve them?
      Oct 31, 2018
  • Microsoft / Eng niceID
    Bloomberg is big, other three are picky.
    Oct 18, 2018 2
    • New / Eng ufJz68
      OP
      So is the quality of the people less?
      Oct 18, 2018
    • Microsoft / Eng niceID
      no, usually more specialized in smaller companies.
      Oct 18, 2018
  • Deutsche Bank HTC
    Will Spotify /squarespace / Asana be able to match BLoomberg salary ? No idea how much these pay
    Oct 18, 2018 1
    • New / Eng ufJz68
      OP
      I don't think so but they are more competitive
      Oct 18, 2018
  • Chase SipG12
    How was your squarespace interview? And what was the turnaround time after you were done interviewing?
    Aug 7 0
  • Uber / Eng
    jjjjjjjjja

    Uber Eng

    PRE
    Apple
    jjjjjjjjjamore
    A good thing to understand is you will get an offer if your interviewers want to work with you. You aced all questions but were very arrogant and rude? Nope, don’t wanna work with him. You’re good to chitchat with but completely clueless in technical knowledge and can’t talk through a problem with your interviewer? Don’t want to work with that either.

    You need to become someone who people want to work with. Think about how you can improve your weaknesses, technical, social, etc., to do that.
    Oct 19, 2018 0
  • Microsoft / Eng
    qwerty🎉🐦

    Microsoft Eng

    BIO
    🍐
    qwerty🎉🐦more
    Lol some people don’t even get on sites and are happy to even get one much less an offer
    Oct 18, 2018 0
  • Amazon PAxv45
    1 in 4 is not bad
    Oct 18, 2018 0
  • priceline.com / Eng vwvw
    25 % success rate is not bad.
    Oct 18, 2018 0
  • Microsoft Araggacari
    1/4 is not great but it’s not terrible at all
    Oct 18, 2018 0