Rejections !!!

BlackRock Ikqf10
Apr 22 102 Comments

Everyone here talks about their offers and comp but no one is sharing their rejection stories. So here is mine.

First on-site after I started my prep.

Company Affirm: 3 coding rounds, 2 managerial rounds and one system design.

Got rejection email today.

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TOP 102 Comments
  • Apple mhunchjj12
    Got rejected by Google, FB, Amazon (3 times), linkedIn, AirBnB. This all happened in 2 weeks. I had it all lined up like that.

    Not a single Offer. But guess what I am still trying because I know Its their loss not mine.

    Destiny awaits.
    Apr 22 4
    • Amazon Add-pi
      But you are at apple! Shouldnt you at least be able to crack one of those companies?
      Apr 22
    • New / Eng huBO07
      There isn't a cooldown period at Amazon?
      Apr 22
    • Apple mhunchjj12
      Tell me about it. Technically I should be and to be honest I thought I did. FB recruiter told me its all looking positive but then 2 days later said they found 23 YOE person so going with that. I was like I am no where near to 23 YOE, why did you even interview me then said positive.
      Apr 22
    • Pure Storage / Eng xluy52
      Impressive you interviewed at AMZN 3 times in 2 weeks
      Apr 30
  • Microsoft blind1186
    8 phone interviews, 4 onsite interviews last year, didn’t receive single offer.
    Apr 22 9
    • Microsoft blind1186
      Google and Facebook. Don’t want to work for Amazon.
      Apr 22
    • Chase / Eng OFqo26
      Why do you want to go from Microsoft to door dash or Dropbox
      Apr 25
    • Microsoft blind1186
      No harm in getting an offer. Joining or not joining can be decided later.
      Apr 26
    • Capital One
      Drake

      Capital One

      BIO
      Nothing was the same.
      Drakemore
      Do you have a theory why there was rejection from all these companies? What did you learn?
      Apr 29
    • Microsoft blind1186
      No theory. Learning is, job hopping is easier in early stages of career, expectations are too high once you hit certain experience level.
      Apr 29
  • Rejected from Google 10 years ago and last year.

    Rejected from Facebook one year ago, didn’t get past initial phone screening.

    But worst of all, for many years I never applied to any FAANG/unicorn for fear of rejection. That is truly the biggest mistake to make.
    Apr 22 4
    • Apple mhunchjj12
      Dont ever be afraid of failure budd. Take it as a steppingstone. Trust me experience will be so valuable
      Apr 22
    • Rally Health FuPayMe$$$
      You are already working at Uber which pays similar to fang. You have already made it.
      Apr 22
    • Thank you for your kind words.
      Apr 22
    • Oracle Dplaner
      Rejection >>>> Regret. Believe me this is true in all areas not just interviews
      Apr 22
  • Amazon / Eng PureBlind
    I managed to get rejected from google, fb, uber, dropbox and linkedin. Now I have plenty of time during the cool off period to study more before next attempt.
    Apr 22 1
    • Capital One
      Drake

      Capital One

      BIO
      Nothing was the same.
      Drakemore
      Why do you think this was the case?
      Apr 29
  • eBay
    slfkekfg

    eBay

    PRE
    StartUp Health
    slfkekfgmore
    I started my job hunt in April last year, on-off leetcode.. did on-sites of almost all good companies including FAANG and other good pre-ipo.. finally I got two offers in last week. One of them is a FAANG. So, my advice is, don’t give up. Continue doing leetcode and dig deeper into every topic you read. Just solving leetcode won’t help you.
    Apr 22 0
  • Microsoft FootVotes
    All the best. Develop a thick skin, and a fur-lined stomach, and don’t stop interviewing till you get where you want to go. Ask for referrals shamelessly, ping recruiters and HMs as much as you can. Don’t worry about small things or short term disappointments.
    Apr 22 0
  • Google Lil_G
    As a new grad I got rejected by Google two times in phone screen. Never got call for Microsoft/ Amazon. Rejected in apple phone screen. In addition to this I got screwed over by 10+ tier 4 companies and startups that required extensive frameworks knowledge from new grads and gave take home projects! Finally after getting fucked so many times cleared a tier4 company interview. Worked there for some time and prepared extensively on the side to crack Google. Made it to my first big 4 onsite and cracked it
    Apr 22 1
    • Capital One
      Drake

      Capital One

      BIO
      Nothing was the same.
      Drakemore
      How did you prepare extensively and how long before applying?
      Apr 29
  • Apple sjera
    Dont lose faith bro. Keep trying.
    Apr 22 0
  • BlackRock Ikqf10
    OP
    The frustrating part is having worked about 9yrs in SWE and failing interviews
    Apr 22 1
    • Honestly the interviews get harder the more experienced you are, thanks to Gayle Laakman McDowell and Leetcode infatuation
      Apr 22
  • Capital One / Design 257jdx
    Favorite post on Blind ever! Makes things way more human and relatable — thank you
    Apr 23 0
  • Just to give some confidence to people here, I want to share how I messed up like 4 onsite interviews last year. Amazon, Microsoft, Bloomberg, Zenefits and some phone screens. It was hard, but didn't lose my confidence because this is not a skill you must have to be successful and I hate these prep like to the core.

    But after joining Blind, I see how much I'm missing out on the TC because I'm lazy not to solve 300LC. I sucked up, prepared for 3 months and got 3 offers. F, A and another public company all with 80% TC increase. The only thing you have to do is prepare more questions and get into that zone, easier said than done I know, but once you at in that zone, you'll be great. One trick I did is to start teaching algorithms and writing blogs on how to solve. I have a YouTube channel now with 200+ subscribers and counting and I plan to continue that to teach what helped me.
    Apr 23 2
  • Facebook AdaGrad
    Even worse I didn't even get a phone screen at so many companies - Uber, Pinterest, AirBnB, Lyft, LinkedIn. And tons of other startups.
    I kept applying - finally got offers from Google, FB and Dropbox.
    Apr 23 1
    • Capital One
      Drake

      Capital One

      BIO
      Nothing was the same.
      Drakemore
      Why do you think you got in higher tier companies but rejection from "lower" tiers? I hear stories of people getting rejected from startups then landing in Google. Lol.
      Apr 29
  • Metromile / Eng FoHm60
    Failed Amazon, a couple of startups, and feeling less than confident about my phone interview with G tomorrow. Honestly, these failures are crushing to my confidence but I'm going to keep trying.
    Apr 23 0
  • Chase KlTv28
    Went through a multi-step process, and got a job offer... but not in writing, and not right away...

    Like “we would love to have you on our team, let’s talk about onboarding in July 😊”

    The fucking what??? Sorry, but I’m going to take that as a no until I have something in writing and a concrete start date. Nothing worse than “getting the job” and still having no fucking idea where exactly you stand with them. 🙄
    Apr 23 7
    • Barclays PLC blinder429
      Which company would be this... Seems unprofessional
      Apr 23
    • Chase KlTv28
      A smaller company.. doesn’t seem as if they really have an HR department to speak of... so not horribly surprising.

      I would agree on it not being professional.
      Apr 23
    • Bloomberg / Eng
      leapfrog

      Bloomberg Eng

      PRE
      CA Technologies, Bloomberg LP
      leapfrogmore
      Damn that's like the sleeziest rejection. One company wanted me to resign from my job just off a verbal. SMH IDK wtf is wrong with these places
      Apr 23
    • Apple mhunchjj12
      Yeah this is a nice way of saying No. dont trust or rely on them
      Apr 23
    • Chase KlTv28
      Even written offers... my work isn’t hearing a damn thing until I’ve got a concrete start date and all the paperwork in order...
      Apr 23
  • eBay reject
    Rejection should be my last name; Top performer at my job ( I know most of you think eBay is for slackers but that's not true for all the teams);
    4 Onsites and all of them reject and expecting another one today!

    I screw up one round per onsite because either the question was LC hard or had failed to solve for all the edge cases; I thought I had done really well on 2 onsites and it was hard to suck up the reject but that's been the story so far; I will keep trying and see where it takes me 😞
    Apr 23 1
    • Rally Health FuPayMe$$$
      Job performance has nothing to do with interview performance. Don’t be so naive. There is not much incentive to sell your soul to the company and perform better than your peers because it just amounts to 4-5% more pay. Invest your time and energy to get external offers and achieve 100% pay raise.
      May 9
  • Apple / IT IWgi56
    Honestly as someone who has a non stem degree, shit is daunting. I truly got my first job out of survival since I needed to pay rent. Each rejection was devastating. Normal for the first job but exceptionally more stressful in that my livelihood was at stake. But it’s a numbers game. I got off easy and submitted ~50 apps and got a job wit a low technical interview.

    Got easier after my first job but not by a lot. Took 3 different roles to interview before I landed at Apple. You just have to keep drudging through until it becomes a game. By a game I mean that it’s not personal but rather something you separate from your personal ego and appreciate for what it is. It’s tough but the perseverant will get past it, trust me.

    You got this!
    Apr 22 1
    • Capital One
      Drake

      Capital One

      BIO
      Nothing was the same.
      Drakemore
      Why do you think you landed Apple but got rejected by those other companies? I have heard similar stories and always wondered why the harshest rejections come from the nobodies
      Apr 29
  • PayPal howzat
    Several onsites with FANG/Uber Although I felt I did really well in most of these companies I got rejected. But hang in there. You will get accepted one day. Even if your performance is exact same as previous times. When it rains it pours. Multiple companies start making offers. Happened for me. Will happen for you too. Good luck!
    Apr 24 0
  • SAP DCguy33
    Sometimes the toughest part is accepting that you’ll never learn the reason you were rejected.
    Apr 22 0
  • Oracle Dplaner
    Nobody talks about rejections because it hurts their ego 😝google (2x), Fb (1x + 1 with no response after phone screen). I even got rejected by the govt travel company, Expedia, before landing at OCI. Interviewing now so will probably deal with 1-2 more.
    Apr 22 3
    • New / Eng 4everalone
      ghosting after phone screening is really rude imo
      Apr 22
    • New mrg
      Don’t like OCI?
      Apr 22
    • Oracle Dplaner
      OCI just went through a big layoff. You never know when your number’s next
      Apr 22
  • Uber / Eng techcredit
    NBD that was just practice for you. FAANG next.
    Apr 22 1
    • BlackRock Ikqf10
      OP
      I hope it comes true. Uber is one of the company I would like to land at
      Apr 22