Recently interviewed at Fang and after that i am realizing i am not much inclined to be a coder.

eBay gdbdudhd
Apr 15 31 Comments

Recently i was interviewed at Facebook, Google and got rejected. Not really discouraged but this interview process gave me an insight that Coding is not something i love anymore.
And their interview process is more focused on coding, for both i got an exceptional feedback for System design but i was not able to solve some DS problems upto their standard, and because of that got a rejection, fare enough and no offense for that.

But it helped me realize that i dont want to be just a coder, but would like to move on more product and market research side where i can contribute for new solution identification and creation.

I am getting close to a conclusion, that at this point rather than leetcoding to improve the speed and accuracy to get into FANG, i should focus on some other areas. Naturally i am not a geek, so even if i am able to get in i will not enjoy that.

Now would like to hear from the people who are at similar stage where they realize that they are not a geek or hard core coder(here i do not meant the losers, but the people with self realization). How are they planning to define the career track going forward ?

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TOP 31 Comments
  • Cruise Automation ggghhh
    You should've edited this before posting it.
    Apr 15 2
    • GrubHub / Biz Dev hdydhfjufy
      Keep it crisp - add a tldr
      Apr 15
    • Microsoft jewkdir
      Lower case i is what makes me uncomfortable.
      Apr 15
  • Verizon Media zODQ13
    If you don’t enjoy solving problems with code in general, yes you shouldn’t be in programming.

    Also don’t let FB and G define who you are and what you can do. Their interview process is by no means the bar to define a good coder. A good Leetcoder maybe.

    You should go to a company where you’re actually valued and can make business impact. You could write a lot less code but still make way more impact than engineers at G&F could ever make. I’d say play to your strengths and look for a company that values those strengths, but don’t let the companies requirements define your strengths :)
    Apr 15 0
  • New
    cdPp78

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    You don't have to be a hardcore coder like the guys you see at competitions. You just gotta leetcode. It's the minimum bar.
    Apr 15 2
    • eBay gdbdudhd
      OP
      No again you are taking me wrong, i am not worried about the competition. I am sure spending 2-3 months would be more enough to crack. But its about the realization of my interest.
      Apr 15
    • Microsoft jewkdir
      That bar keeps going up. Even if you passed interviews 3 years ago and your coding skills improved significantly after 3 years of intensive coding, you wouldn’t pass today’s interview unless you put more time than when you prepared 3 years ago. If you pass it today, you will need more time next time you seek for a job change.
      Apr 15
  • Oracle not_larry
    Solve problems. Coding is only means to an end.
    Apr 15 6
  • Cisco aleph00
    Accept that you’re failing out of engineering and become a PLM like everyone else.
    Apr 15 6
    • New / Eng
      rocknrollr

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      rocknrollrmore
      Product lifecycle manager. Ps Rydia love ur name
      Apr 15
    • Microsoft / Eng Rydia
      Is a PLM like a PM at Microsoft or Google or whatever? Or is it completely different?
      Apr 15
    • New / Eng
      rocknrollr

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      rocknrollrmore
      Pm is more resource asset management and time
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    • New / Eng
      rocknrollr

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      Plm kinda follows a product thru SDLC
      Apr 15
    • eBay gdbdudhd
      OP
      So do you think just coding means engineering ?
      Apr 15
  • Oscar 🐨koala
    It’s okay. Leetcode is brutal.
    Apr 15 2
    • eBay gdbdudhd
      OP
      Ha ha, its not about brutality. I am a opensource contributor and done lot of coding. :)
      Apr 15
    • Oscar 🐨koala
      The guy who wrote brew was rejected by Google. It’s brutal! But yeah. I do some of that too :)
      Apr 15
  • Microsoft jewkdir
    There are not many people who love coding. Sure, many Americans joined because they love it but that is not the case for many people from elsewhere (myself included). Many Asians and Indians alike chose this because this is the best way to get a job with reasonably good money (high compensation is a recent trend) in US. They also didn’t hate coding but it doesn’t mean they have lifelong passion.

    What this means is, many of these folks are smart enough to learn anything and have patience to work hard even though they don’t enjoy much. Once you got a job here in US and have a way to change the course, it may actually work better for you.

    I have a friend who was doing PhD in biology in US but he didn’t like it and found an opportunity to go to study in dental school. He has been making more than L7 at Google every year for the last 15 years so I guess he made a right choice and found what works best for him (he is pretty good with customers hence runs popular office).

    Do what you like. This field will only get more competitive. Number of young Indians only grows and number of CS grads in US has increased a lot recently. Leetcode competition will become unimaginably fierce if tech growth slows down. You better switch to a field where experience is respected.

    Current trends of ignoring experience completely will bite back the engineers. You might have had time to spend 6 months to prepare this time but will you always have this time? You could get a car accident and need time to recover, burnt out, have some sad moments, have a baby etc.

    If you see a long term, you will find current trend is not sustainable unless tech boom keeps going forever.
    Apr 15 0
  • YOE?
    Apr 15 3
    • eBay gdbdudhd
      OP
      15
      Apr 15
    • You might be SMTS or above, well ebay pays almost same as FANG (maybe 50K less max at comparable levels except beginners where FANG beats ebay badly) why bother?
      Apr 15
    • eBay gdbdudhd
      OP
      Dear its not about money, i am more interested in a career path.
      Apr 15
  • Clearstream.TV restandves
    Hey gdbdudhd, did they tell u the name of the interviewer for the tech screen? Please help, thank you!
    Apr 18 1