Rejected from Palantir, ridiculously hard to get in?

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Recently applied for a SWE and FDSE Internship at Palantir, didn't even get an interview with this CV.

PS: This CV got me interviews tor internships at Google, Snap and Twitter. (They went well)
Also, I applied for the London office.

How can I improve?

TC: 5k monthly (intern)

Rejected from Palantir, ridiculously hard to get in?

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  • Tableau krxi15
    And they were right in rejecting you.
    Aug 16 7
    • Tableau krxi15
      Posting your resume here shows your level of thinking.

      Resume gets you in the door, has nothing to do with how you did in their interview, which we don’t know anything about.
      Aug 16
    • ARM / Eng
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      Damn, I didn't even get an interview, thinking people here on blind can give suggestions help me improve. People do this all the time
      Aug 16
    • Reliable Software / Eng YonkoKaido
      @tableau they should reject you lol for having poor reading comprehension skills lmao
      Aug 16
    • Tableau krxi15
      Lol, your company had to literally name itself “Reliable Software” for people to believe it.
      Aug 16
    • Reliable Software / Eng YonkoKaido
      Haha coz you suck, you are bashing a company now? Either way your RC skills suck. A company name will not change your poor RC skills anyway. Nice try though by changing the topic 😂
      Aug 17
  • Airbnb weasel
    Did you really put "CTO" of what basically looks like a side project?
    Aug 16 7
    • ARM / Eng
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      4 people on board, £1m valuation, part of Seedcamp accelerator
      Aug 16
    • Airbnb weasel
      You should consider calling those metrics out. From first inspection it looks like you're just inflating your title for a side project
      Aug 16
    • ARM / Eng
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      Yeah you're right, should fit that in the description
      Aug 16
    • Apple gbio14
      that sounds way more impressive than even an internship at ARM
      Aug 16
    • New xwwP74
      without details already suggested, reads like a few powerpoint slides were made for a club project. obviously not the case, but maybe you can look at resumes of others, resumes of people at startups. you were correct to ask for critique. good move.
      Aug 16
  • Kaspersky Lab / HR
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    You know looking at your resume it’s pretty hard to put a finger on what you’re good at. And I would recommend to move education in the end. Put education in the beginning only if that’s like Oxford cum laude.
    Aug 16 15
    • Kaspersky Lab / HR
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      Bloomberg, are you saying that self-taught computer engineers are not worthy?
      Aug 17
    • Bloomberg / Eng F.U. money
      What I’m saying is that your comment “I would recommend to move education in the end. Put education in the beginning only if that’s like Oxford cum laude.” = 👎🏻 IMO

      OP is a student not a professional.
      Aug 17
    • Kaspersky Lab / HR
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      Look, I only know how recruiters work. First they select resumes from top colleges, when they don’t have enough of those they look into candidates with other internship experience. You gotta be different among 400 other resumes, and if you’re not from a top college experience is a better way to get noticed.
      Aug 17
    • Bloomberg / Eng F.U. money
      Got it. I don’t know anything about the school OP went to, I assumed it was decent.

      Maybe I’ve had it easy because of my brand name school then. I had my education before experience until I had 2 yoe.
      Aug 17
    • Kaspersky Lab / HR
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      He went to a respectable Welsh University with a rich history, but it’s not in top rankings for computer science discipline.
      Brand name school definitely helps to get good internship.
      Aug 17
  • Intel LG75
    Your resume is decent, but that’s just a piece of the puzzle. For example, I submitted my resume to Microsoft careers web site and never heard anything. While I constantly hear recruiters from google, Facebook, amazon, apple, etc on LinkedIn asking to interview me.

    Who sees your resume is more important.
    Aug 16 3
    • ARM / Eng
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      Thanks, this makes sense. It's a bad feeling even after trying hard, not even getting an interview due to some 'uncertain' reasons haha. But, that's just a part of the process 👀
      Aug 16
    • Amazon 🤠== 8
      Behavioral Interview: Describe how you handle when you failed
      😭
      Aug 16
    • ARM / Eng
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      Now I have an answer to that 🤦
      Aug 16
  • eBay harhar
    Don’t worry about Palantir. Imo they look bad on a resume.
    Aug 16 0
  • New / Eng saxsky
    My resume sucks compared to yours except I have way more of a non traditional path (which I guess the recruiter noticed) and got internship interview.. have to do the hackerrank in next 5 days.

    Google passed over my resume even with referral. Haven’t heard back from Twitter yet either. It’s all a crap shoot. I never expected to hear back from Palantir, but never got expected to get rejected from flexport or hubspot during resume screen 😂

    It’s all crapshoot. I wouldn’t lose sleep over it. I know it is a crappy feeling tho
    Aug 16 7
    • ARM / Eng
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      That's great! I hope they all go really well and you get where you want (I guess it's Amazon for now). Now get back to Leetcode will ya!
      Aug 16
    • New / Eng saxsky
      Thanks bro. I actually want Palantir/Airbnb the most. Palantir for the travel factor as FDE and Airbnb for the sick office/impending IPO 😂

      Amazon is last choice if I can help it lol
      Aug 16
    • ARM / Eng
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      nice, which Uni are you in?
      Aug 16
    • New / Eng saxsky
      Went to St. John’s Uni for my bachelors and now at Boston Uni for my masters. The masters and BU name helped me out a shit ton... imo

      Where I went for my bachelors is known for pharmacy school (which is what I was doing before), but everything else is worse than dog crap.
      Aug 16
    • ARM / Eng
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      Ah I see
      Aug 16
  • Cerner @BigData
    I wonder why in education section HSC is mentioned. Does not add much value, when you have added higher degree B. Sc.
    Aug 16 5
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      Good point, will remove that
      Aug 16
    • New / Strategy
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      Cross register to Oxford and get summer school or something.
      Aug 16
    • ARM / Eng
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      I already have an internship, don't need that
      Aug 16
    • BusPatrol Igpay2
      I could also see a possibility for prejudice by showing you grew up in India. Obviously not right but it happens
      Aug 16
    • ARM / Eng
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      Yeah, given Palantir's rep, that makes sense
      Aug 16
  • Microsoft mone
    There is no guarantee of getting a call at every top company. You simply can't optimize for every job. Intern at Google, and may be you'll get a full time offer at Palatir.

    I don't see anything particularly standing out in your resume either.

    I just sent you a request to connect with you on LinkedIn 😂
    Aug 16 9
    • ARM / Eng
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      can you be a bit subtle and remove my name ;) thanks
      Aug 16
    • Microsoft mone
      Ok but what's the point when it is so obvious?
      Aug 16
    • Microsoft mone
      Done
      Aug 16
    • ARM / Eng
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      👀👀
      Aug 16
    • Microsoft mone
      Anyway to answer your original question, your resume is in good shape. Seeing some significant accomplishment (not just good project), like paper in a top conference, coding contest etc would have made me more impressed.
      Aug 16
  • Google nanithefu
    I hear London is a pretty competitive market which is why tech comp is quite a bit lower, you should maybe try the US
    Aug 16 3
    • ARM / Eng
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      Is my university the reason for not getting an interview then?
      Aug 16
    • Lyft 87666
      I would say, yes
      Aug 16
    • ARM / Eng
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      Alright, can't help it then 🤷
      Aug 16
  • Walmart 🐉energy
    Why are you interested in interning/working at palantir? Anything draws you to it specifically?
    Aug 16 5
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      Just applied there for the fun of it, but looking at how they didn't even bother giving an interview really intrigued me, thought maybe Palantir is laughably selective
      Aug 16
    • Walmart 🐉energy
      Understood. It's intriguing I agree. 😄 I've never understood the significance of "forward deployed" se positions. Do u know anything about it?
      Aug 16
    • ARM / Eng
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      FDSE is like a Software consulting position, that's all I've heard
      Aug 16
    • New xwwP74
      Be more strategic in your career. This is a great lesson for you and Palantir did you a favor. Know where you want to go and why you want to go there. You're far enough along in school that your future resumes need to demonstrate a path into and through the industry. You appear to have good instincts.
      Aug 16
    • ARM / Eng
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      Thanks for your comment, realising a path in the industry is a really great argument
      Aug 16
  • Bloomberg / Eng F.U. money
    - Remove Fortran and C for sure. You don’t want to be assigned the identity of a legacy developer
    - Remove High School... seriously
    - Is “Python and Machine Learning Demonstrator” an official title that can be verified during a background check? It sounds ridiculous to me.
    - Relevant Modules seem weak and the caption sounds worse than simply saying Coursework
    - Relevant Experience should be just Experience
    - Put intern after High Performance Computing... Which is not a title by the way so come up with one
    - Focus on impact not only on technologies used
    - Testing and DevOps sounds weak. Maybe make up some stuff here? 🤷🏼‍♂️
    - Mention valuation and number of people involved in CTO gig
    - More info needed on organization you co-founded or you won’t be taken seriously
    - And for goodness sakes do not listen to the dinguses who are telling you to put experience before education. Internships are not even counted as experience. You’re a student not a professional.
    - for current gig put: (April 2019 - present)
    - Getting an internship is harder than getting a job usually. That’s definitely the case for Bloomberg at least. The people we get are Princeton students that outperform regular employees. They never return of course.
    Aug 17 1
    • ARM / Eng
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      Thanks! This is a really good breakdown, the 'Python and Machine Learning Demonstrator' is indeed an official title haha
      Aug 17
  • Apple gbio14
    usually Palantir has additional questions in their application, like "Why do you want to work for Palantir?" and "What was a memorable project?"

    what were your answers for those?
    Aug 16 1
    • ARM / Eng
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      I did some research about Gotham and found it really 'interesting' so I wrote about 'how much I care about impact' and that 'development in Palantir is "impactful"' etc
      Aug 16
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    1. Your resume is not memorable. Include a short summary at the top. Three sentences max.

    Creative and hands-on software asdf with X years of python, C++, another, and another.
    Throughout that time, I have launched X & Y, managed A, and B.

    2. Normal resumes are in this order.... Name, contact info, summary, experience, education, skills/tools used.

    3. I was remove... 'I was awarded'.... just put Awarded AAA - received by top 1%

    4. The more information you put... the more they can find something to dislike. IMO
    on linkedin...you put in everything so that they can find you thru search. However, on a resume, it needs to be shorter and straight to the point.

    5. Why is key projects separate from relevant exp? shouldnt all of your exp be key? just a thought

    recap:
    If you were the recruiter/hiring staff and you received 1000 resumes... how would you filter/sort out the resumes? Are you really going to go thru every resume to see who went to X school and did Y and write notes on every resume..... then sort... group... .finalize??
    Try to do the hiring staff's job by putting everything in order.... put the summary with highlights and SOME (not all) skills. PUT WHAT'S RELEVANT to the company.

    If there was a JD... try to match your resume to the JD as much as possible..... words... skills... etc. If they put C# then put C#... if they put c sharp then put c sharp. A lot of companies use software that does 'word matching'
    Aug 16 0
  • Intel qia
    Wait....it might be just because you're an Indian citizen (which I assume from your HSC bulletin point).
    Aug 17 2
    • Oracle pzd
      Why? Do palantir only hire US citizens?
      Aug 17
    • Intel qia
      They work in security / govt I believe, so maybe
      Aug 17
  • Microsoft steveball
    One thing nobody picked up on: you graduate in 2022. I’m fairly certain Palantir only take penultimate year students.
    Sep 16 1
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      Yeah, getting a lot of that lately in my other applications as well
      Sep 16
  • Oracle pzd
    You are reading way to much into something that is essentially the result of an automated/semi-automated process. Probably no real human ever took a look at your resume at palantir.
    Aug 16 0
  • Uber himu00
    I feel like there are a million better options than palantir. No?
    Aug 16 0
  • PayPal hftb
    I take interviews regularly and hardly looks at the resume. Most interviewers judge you by how you do in the interview as that’s tangible stuff. Rest you can write anything in resume but if you can’t back it up then it’s worthless
    Aug 16 1
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      Right, didn't even got a chance to interview tho haha
      Aug 16
  • Universal Orlando 8675309k
    You missed the bullet. Go read Glassdoor for Palantir.
    Aug 17 0
  • Lyft wXfl07
    Life can be VERY random. I knew a student in EE who had a GPA indicating #1 grad at a top Canadian school over a 5-year period. He got admitted to Stanford but rejected from Illinois. I called friends on the UIUC faculty. Everybody was on sabbatical or had too many students that year, ergo, no signal processing grad students were admitted!
    Aug 16 0

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