Preparing for Success - Google

Wayfair / Eng
hErg55

Wayfair Eng

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Apr 12 26 Comments

I recently managed to clear AWS and Uber interview but got dinged by Google. The recruiter mentioned that my performance was not consistent across all rounds.

Background - I have done 235 LC problems and did some system design and OOP practice.

I am not sure what it takes to get in. What can I improve upon. Should I solve more LCs, should I structure my code well during interviews, should I always come up with the most optimal solution?

Any help is appreciated.

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  • Google take
    As a Googler, let me tell you this. There is nothing special at Google. It's just another company. In my opinion, you should be looking at team and quality of work that you would be doing. Half of us just move protos from A to B and nothing else.
    So don't feel bad and be obsessed for joining Google. Go to places where you can learn more and be happy.
    Apr 12 1
    • Amazon / Eng
      zsLQ30

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      Same shit at amazon

      Move some coral responses from point A to point B.

      These days most engineers write Lambda and CloudFormation templates.
      Apr 13
  • Adobe DollarPay
    There are two kinds of interview preps. One is for Google and the other is for all other companies. For the first one study EPI and do Google tagged questions for practice. For the second one study CTCI and do the top 100 tagged and company specific questions.
    Apr 12 4
  • Amazon wbwhtwwnw
    Dude really ... Stop thinking that you need to be validated by Google
    Apr 12 3
    • Wayfair / Eng
      hErg55

      Wayfair Eng

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      I agree that it all comes down to validation. Do you think I should stop preparing and focus on real open source projects than spending time doing LCs everyday?
      Apr 12
    • Amazon lolwhat
      @wbwhtwwnw
      Stop telling yourself that and look around you and you'll realize that amazon sucks.
      Apr 12
    • Amazon wbwhtwwnw
      Sure, it sucks. That doesn’t mean u need to get validated by Google.

      Do what you like to do and make money doing it. It’s really as simple as that.
      Apr 12
  • Facebook Probe
    235? Those are rookie numbers.
    Apr 12 4
    • Wayfair / Eng
      hErg55

      Wayfair Eng

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      Was this sarcastic or true?
      Apr 12
    • eBay oldgrads
      Truth.
      Apr 12
    • Facebook Probe
      Who knows? In reality, Google is a total crapshoot. There are people who solved 500+ and failed, and there are people who didn't even bother with leetcode, studying from just EPI and/or Skiena, and got in just fine.

      Personally though, I have a feeling you didn't study those 235 problems too seriously (writing and testing code on paper/whiteboard before submitting + verifying complexity analysis + timing yourself).
      Apr 12
    • Wayfair / Eng
      hErg55

      Wayfair Eng

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      I agree some of them I did follow that approach but most I did not.
      Apr 12
  • Microsoft FFSake
    Don’t worry. There is always some unhappy dick which makes t a lottery. Next time odds might change for all of those. You need to worry if you consistently fuck up
    Apr 12 0
  • Microsoft mistaf
    recently I was asked an upgraded version of a rare LC question (some traps were added, instead of algorithm, he asked to design a service whose core idea was the same as the LC question) and asked to do it bug free and hand writing compiling in 20 mins for a screen. The interviewer reserved 20mins before to ask other questions and 5mins after the coding for Q&A.

    I got the idea right, but my code didn’t compile at the beginning, and didn’t have enough time to fix a bug in the code. No onsite of cause.
    Apr 12 2
    • Microsoft FFSake
      Damn we need smileys here instead of blind like button
      Apr 12
    • Barclays PLC blinder429
      I wish if I can ask the interviewer to do the same problem in the same amount of time...
      Apr 12
  • Cerner hbmh1$57
    So which one are you going with Uber or AWS? What their offer?
    Apr 12 2
    • Wayfair / Eng
      hErg55

      Wayfair Eng

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      I will be going for AWS, I am interested in working in the cloud stuff more than what Uber seems to do. I dont care about TC that much, I think the rush of clearing interviews excites me at this point.
      Apr 12
    • Amazon vttuuusj
      Which product? What team?
      Apr 12
  • Google MasterCodr
    235 is such a low number. Just come back next year :=)
    Apr 12 0
  • Two Sigma / Eng kysk
    This stuff is random, you could easily have gotten Google and then been rejected by Uber.
    Apr 12 0
  • eBay oldgrads
    I stopped leetcoding and started doing open source project after I got an offer from google. Leetcoding is waste of time
    Apr 12 0