Redfin expects me to know about them.

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Dec 24, 2018 50 Comments

I fu*king hate companies that expects me to know everything about them. I had an onsite interview and two of the developers asked me for my favourite feature on their website? To be honest why do they expect me to know all that? I know what the company do but diving deep into the website fuck no I have other things to do.

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  • Amazon Yossarian*
    Lazy and entitled won’t play so well in the recession
    Dec 24, 2018 3
    • Jet.com DiJr18
      My favorite feature of Redfin is watching my home depreciate
      Dec 24, 2018
    • GoodRx BobAxelrod
      I love all the Price Reduced emails they send me!
      Dec 24, 2018
    • Jet.com DiJr18
      Me too. This IS the killer interview answer. Someone from Redfin hire me. I have loss based feature ideas too like giant red arrows and dank memes.
      Dec 24, 2018
  • Jet.com DiJr18
    Gee. Expecting you to use the product before you get a job. What a concept 😂
    Dec 24, 2018 0
  • American Express / Eng
    El-Gato

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    El-Gatomore
    This is not deep dive. This is like research 101 for a company you applied to and is expected unless you are a new grad.
    Dec 24, 2018 5
    • New / Eng
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      It’s for an internship
      Dec 24, 2018
    • American Express / Eng
      El-Gato

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      El-Gatomore
      That's unfortunate OP.
      Dec 24, 2018
    • Yahoo k_
      I would never hire such people. The tone!
      Dec 24, 2018
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      Wait! I don’t want to work for Yahoo
      Dec 24, 2018
    • Yahoo k_
      Haha. The point was... With such attitude even Yahoo would not hire you!
      Dec 24, 2018
  • OpenTable Meliodas
    Asking about a favorite feature is hardly expecting one to know “everything” about a company. They weren’t asking corporate trivia.

    You conveyed to them that you don’t prepare or have a genuine interest in the product.
    Dec 24, 2018 0
  • New / Product
    dangnabbit

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    dangnabbitmore
    The real question is why YOU wasted their time when you clearly barely have any interest in what they do or have built. The very things you would be working on if you were hired.

    Pro tip from an old fart: For your own sake and happiness find and apply to positions you actually give a shit about.

    Merry Christmas!
    Dec 24, 2018 8
    • New / Product
      dangnabbit

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      What should they expect you to know that would differentiate you from other candidates?
      Dec 24, 2018
    • New / Eng
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      1) do I know how to code
      2) how well do I answer the behaviour questions
      3) How is communication skills
      4) Will I be a good team player

      Don’t get me wrong I know the company and the mission. But the specifics about the website that’s too much no thanks
      Dec 24, 2018
    • New / Product
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      You clearly don’t know the company because the website and app are a HUGE part of who they are.

      My guess is you fumbled the questions about the website and you’re upset. You’re possibly not going to get the internship because for sure other candidates did more homework.

      The solution isn’t to lash out on Blind. The solution is to learn from this experience that when you want to join any sort of team you need to do more than cursory homework on what they do and what they’ve built. I would suggest you even go as far as to research the people you will most likely be working with.

      Either that or stop applying to jobs and start your own company. There you can hire as many people as you like who can code but don’t give two shits about why.
      Dec 24, 2018
    • New / Eng
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      I clearly know what they do. Just the high level overview of what they do. Asked me what they do I’ll tell you. Also product is not the only reason I apply to a company. I consider other factors like WLB/ tech stack etc. I’m not saying they are wrong in asking me for a feature but I don’t like it and if any company in the future expects me to know their product in details it’s a pass for me I’ll take my talent somewhere else.
      Dec 24, 2018
    • Microsoft Ogxlyzlyz
      How much time doing research would it have taken you to answer their questions? The way you present it, it sounds like it would have taken me 10 minutes. That's why a lot of folks here will not be kind to your line of thinking. You sound like someone that would be a cancer if hired.
      Dec 25, 2018
  • Oath puzzle123
    It just shows how interested you are in them. I don’t know what role were you interviewing for, but for Product management type of roles, these type of questions are expected.
    Dec 24, 2018 1
    • New / Eng
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      It’s for a dev role
      Dec 24, 2018
  • LinkedIn / Eng
    Gill Bates

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    Gill Batesmore
    It takes 5-10 minutes to try out their website. If anything, the Redfin website is actually pretty fun to browse, and they even do CSV export so that you can do further analysis in R.

    Preparing for an intern takes actually quite a bit of resources from the company's side. They need to find a project that's appropriate for an internship, assign a mentor, spend time and resources on the intern, all that to potentially get a project done that could've been done by an existing team member in less than three weeks.

    Not showing any kind of effort on your end shows that you don't care at all about the company's investment in future engineers and are actually a pretty bad intern pick.
    Dec 24, 2018 0
  • OpenTable Meliodas
    Other intern candidates did some basic research.

    I recently did some intern interviews. A few knew nothing about us. One pointed out two bugs I didn’t know about. Guess who is getting the internship.

    There is more to getting an internship than memorizing CS 101 algorithm trivia.

    You are selling a product (you), the buyer can ask whatever questions they want. A good sales person has answers.
    Dec 24, 2018 2
    • New / Eng
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      Well I agree it’s bad for a candidate to know nothing about a company that they are interviewing with. I know what they do as a company but not specific features on their website and I’m not a big fan of that. Even if they offer me a position I won’t accept it
      Dec 24, 2018
    • New / Eng
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      Edit: This is after they emphasis about knowing the features in their website.
      Dec 24, 2018
  • Facebook patrick_ur
    If you are not interested in their products, why would you interview them?
    Dec 24, 2018 3
    • Blizzard others
      So you me telling me the 40+ people love Facebook and use it all the time? GTFO
      Dec 24, 2018
    • Square / Eng SQ
      So you're telling me people at Blizzard don't play their shitty games? Checks out on why D3 sucked at launch and they don't put any QoL into it.

      Enjoy the finance Dept taking over your company!
      Dec 24, 2018
    • Blizzard others
      Hey man I’m trying to leave sooo “you have no power here”
      Dec 24, 2018
  • Redfin rabidsqrl
    We are a very customer-centered company. Most everyone here knows what customers experience when using our products to buy or sell homes, at least at a high level. While we of course want people who are technically skilled and passionate about tech, we also want people who can put themselves in the customer’s or agent’s shoes.

    Sorry you felt like the question was unfair, but I can assure you it’s not an uncommon question. “Favorite feature of the website” isn’t a deep-dive question, however. As others have noted, you can use our website or app for 15 minutes and form a basic opinion of that, based on putting yourself in a buyer’s or seller’s shoes.
    Dec 31, 2018 0
  • I get it OP. You can be interested in a company for reasons other than their product. You think 10,000 devs are passionate about google search?
    Dec 24, 2018 0
  • Samsung / Mktg Mktg4Life
    It takes about 5-10 minutes to poke around on a website and form a few opinions. Outside of saying the search bar, no one is going to interrogate you about your answer.

    Quite honestly, if you have an interest in a career in tech, this is par for the course. For every company that’s not worth your time in getting to know, there are five other applicants who will stand out above you. So you decide how much effort you want to put into your internship and job searches, but if it’s below the average for the industry, you have a long road ahead before landing an offer.
    Dec 24, 2018 2
    • New / Eng
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      I got 5 other offers and they didn’t asked me for a feature on their website. I might be wrong but I’m just not a big fan of them expecting me to know about their product in details. Product is not the only thing that drives me into a company. I couldn’t consider other factors as well
      Dec 24, 2018
    • Samsung / Mktg Mktg4Life
      Knowing something about the product doesn’t mean that’s the only thing driving you to the company...but if you have five other offers, then why rant about this. As a seasoned tech worker, that question isn’t out of bounds and you will be asked it again. It would serve you well to get off your high horse and learn the ways of the industry. Nothing like some inexperienced college kid to feel they’re above the norm
      Dec 24, 2018
  • Hero Digital / Design ByeFelicia
    Grow the fuck up. You sound like an entitled millennium who has no idea what the market is like. Never had to work hard and always lived under the wings of mom and dad.
    Dec 24, 2018 2
    • Micro Focus / Eng brotein
      A millennium sure is a long time to be entitled
      Dec 24, 2018
    • New / Eng
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      Oookkkaaay
      Dec 24, 2018
  • Amazon Joker321$
    I also interviewed there onsite. I live outside of US and I’m a new grad. They asked me to suggest a feature and asked me about the product flow. Bro, I don’t have money to buy a house yet and your products not in my country. Chillllll
    Dec 24, 2018 1
    • Foursquare / Eng akerka
      Finally a legit response
      Dec 24, 2018
  • Microsoft Ogxlyzlyz
    Op you are such a brat
    Dec 24, 2018 1
    • New / Eng
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      Okay
      Dec 24, 2018
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    • New / Eng ladka
      Fuck off racist.
      Dec 24, 2018
    • New / Eng ladka
      Then how do you explain some of the Whites and Asians that I've interviewed who showed up with little company research?

      What other racist shit do you do in the interview? Fail them because you don't like how they dress or you don't like the accent? How about women? You make stereotypes about their productivity?

      Burn in hell.
      Dec 24, 2018
    • New / Eng ladka
      You have the mind of a bigot. They don't stop at one thing.

      Yes, karma exists and I'm sure it's screwing you back in other ways.
      Dec 24, 2018
    • New / Eng ladka
      The guy that you discriminate against, jerk.
      Dec 24, 2018
  • Microsoft trthhhheee
    I actually think interview should be like that instead of focussing on gauging ones coding ability based on how many coding quiz they have practiced before. Passion was one of the biggest areas they saw when hiring a software engineer at Microsoft in old days. Nowadays they only focus on how well a candidate solved coding quiz and I don’t think the company is hiring a good engineer. Coding was just a means to evaluate a candidates thought process and communication skills but it was garbled to Asian exam style.
    Dec 24, 2018 0
  • Amazon / Eng jNeo42
    I applied for their SE role once, and got an email asking me a bunch of questions. I didn’t pursue it any further because it was too much inquiry right off the bat. I would have responded if I was specifically targeting Redfin but I wasn’t. I guess they only want those who are.
    Dec 24, 2018 0
  • Proofpoint / Eng
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    Design to reject.. slap those fu@@@@
    Dec 24, 2018 0

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