Rejection after great phone interview

Jul 15 23 Comments

I am at a loss here. Splunk Interviewer asked one easy Leetcode question. I finished in 10-15 minutes taking care of edge cases and doing a run through. After interview I even tested the code and it ran correctly (after fixing 1 minor bug). Interviewer seemed satisfied enough to move on from the coding question. The rest of the interview I was asked questions which I felt I answered correctly (most general performance engineering questions since thats the role).

Got an email today saying they are not moving forward. I have had tougher Leetcode questions with FAANG and at least made it to onsite or know I screwed up right after the interview and how I can improve.

I feel defeated and hopeless and I honestly don’t see how I could have done better in the phone interview.

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  • Zillow Group walking 🚶
    Move on, even if you were the perfect candidate sometimes you can get a rejection
    Jul 15 0
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    • OSIsoft sin shady
      I switched recently so no longer with them, but they are a good place with a pretty great WLB. Company is going through some major reorg so lots of personnel and culture change, but its for the better. It's a private company though so compensation and benefits will be lesser compared to other companies in a similar domain, but it's a nice place to work.
      Jul 15
    • did you work entry-level and/or software dev? Wondering if its a good place for entry level to advance software dev skills. What kind of tech stack did you use if you worked in dev?
      Jul 15
    • OSIsoft sin shady
      Didnt work in dev..their tech stack is all .NET. There is working with Angular and some other technologies with their Cloud Offering (OCS) products but their on prem products are all .net based. Go ahead and apply if u are interested. The recruitment team is friendly and will try answering all your questions.
      Jul 15
    • Splunk / Eng Kjgds
      Care to explain why iTyK26? I am at Splunk and I did not realize that it is a sinking ship. Would love to hear if you know more.
      Jul 15
    • Splunk / Eng ImaRainbow
      Splunk is more of a juggernaut with plenty of years of backlogged customer demand. And we’re not sitting still. Highest median TC in the industry, go look it up. That’s a sign of market power, not weakness.
      Jul 15
  • OSIsoft sin shady
    OP, it's not always the interview. Very possible that u absolutely cracked the interview but they potentially had someone already lined up who accepted the offer? Not having an open req to hire you for might also be a reason they chose not to proceed. If u think u did great, then very likely u did, unless they were looking for something very very specific and didnt find you matching that very precise skill. Don't be dejected! Onto the next one!
    Jul 15 0
  • Qualcomm / Eng dynasty001
    Posts like this make me feel better about screwing up an interview :-) I am not the only one. Keep at it

    By law of averages , given enough Leetcode and interviews , you're bound to get one :-)
    Jul 15 0
  • Splunk Jolt
    What team / area?
    Jul 16 1
    • Performance Engineering. Why?
      Jul 16
  • Dell ;57?!’h
    OP then not sure whats the benefit of studying leetcode so hard when rejection even after good interview...
    Jul 15 1
  • Uber / Eng meowimacat
    Maybe they wanted you to solve it even faster
    Jul 15 1
    • OP
      I really doubt it because usually in that case the question is followed by a harder one. In this case, there was no follow-up or a twist added to the problems
      Jul 15
  • Capital One / Design AjyL54
    Ask the recruiter for feedback
    Jul 15 1
    • OP
      Asked for it and just got generic response of ‘you did well but we got a better candidate’
      Jul 15
  • Facebook iTyK26
    My apologies. Clearly Splunk is the best company in the valley.
    Jul 15 0
  • SAP / Admin MaPeIbBd
    Hiring is based on so many factors that trying to find why after rejection is not best use of your time. If you know 1 -2 points which you could have done better, work on it and move on.
    Jul 15 0
  • Cisco D.wader
    Similar thing happened with me for another company !! Looks like it happens pretty often with many of them
    Jul 15 0
  • Randstad / Ops
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    It might just not be a fit. (Team, culture, pay, etc)
    Jul 15 0