Rejections !!!

BlackRock Ikqf10
Apr 22 101 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 101 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
  • 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
  • Microsoft blind1186
    8 phone interviews, 4 onsite interviews last year, didn’t receive single offer.
    Apr 22 9
    • LinkedIn glasscave
      Keep at it, my Microsoft brother
      Apr 22
    • New arch135
      Oh god ! After onsite were there some which u thought u might get an offer ?
      Apr 22
    • Microsoft blind1186
      Yes, expected offer from Dropbox and Doordash.
      Apr 22
    • New arch135
      Ohhh . Which were the other onsites? Tried google amazon fb uber ?
      Apr 22
    • 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
  • 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

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    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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Capital One zolk13
    Rejection is part of life.
    I've developed thick skin.
    There's no bigger handicap than fear of failure.
    Apr 23 0
  • SAP DCguy33
    Sometimes the toughest part is accepting that you’ll never learn the reason you were rejected.
    Apr 22 0
  • BlackRock Ikqf10
    OP
    Thanks all, yeah I’m not loosing hope but I’m kind of annoyed with how the decisions are made. Even if you partially answer a question you are rejected. In my case the interviewer asked me to implement a markov chain and I was able to complete most of it in 45 min. At the end of the round I told him how I would write the function for probability as I didn’t had enough time but didn’t expect that would be rejected coz I felt all other rounds went well
    Apr 22 10
    • Google / Mgmt
      SozebFfej

      Google Mgmt

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      SozebFfejmore
      What aspect of the Markov chain?
      Apr 22
    • BlackRock Ikqf10
      OP
      It is not like design a markov chain but base on that concept. And then generate random sentence based on a start word and followed by its neighbors based on random sampling and outputting max appeared word
      Apr 22
    • I felt the same way initially that why didn't they hire me when I wrote the whole code and just missed one corner case, but that is the world we currently live in.

      Spend at least 150 hours preparing, don't listen to people who say "I just did 50 leetcode and I got 4 offers". There are people who are good at entrance test prep and some who rock the actual college exams, doesn't mean either is bad.
      Apr 22
    • Google / Mgmt
      SozebFfej

      Google Mgmt

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      SozebFfejmore
      Understood. I'd expect an entry level candidate to nail the greedy algorithm to perfection in 20 mins in O(n) where n is desired length. A great candidate would be able to output most likely sequence based on overall sequence probability. This will need backtracking.
      Apr 22
    • BlackRock Ikqf10
      OP
      No back tracking is needed here. Construct a graph with word and it’s neighbors and it’s frequencies, the catch here is store as cycle( end word in first line to start word in second line). Once you build the graph the sentence generator would use the start word and use its neighbors and it’s freq of words, use random sampling technique to construct the output word. So I don’t see a need for back tracking.
      Apr 22
    • Metromile / Eng FoHm60
      Damn ya'll have high expectations. I barely remember that shit from school ten years ago (to the point I'm not even sure I had to learn it).
      Apr 23
    • Barclays PLC blinder429
      Maybe, this is the only time, the coding would be interesting... Once, u in, then it's just all normal work barring few projects.... ☺️
      Apr 23
    • Affirm qnzo
      OP which team were you interviewing for, out of curiosity?
      Apr 23
    • BlackRock Ikqf10
      OP
      Platform team
      Apr 23
    • Affirm qnzo
      Huh. Weird that we’re being so picky. They did just send out some revamped interview questions to everyone in Eng, so maybe that’s part of us generally starting to doubt our process and erring on the side of rejection?
      Apr 24
  • 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
    • Apple mhunchjj12
      Why cant they give you offer to join in July?
      Apr 23
    • Chase KlTv28
      good question. if I get close to an offer from someone else, I’ll let them know so they can hurry the fuck up... but until then... I’m treating it as a no.
      Apr 23
    • 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

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      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
  • 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
  • BBDO sxYo02
    Had a FB phone coding interview last week. Studied hours every day for a month. Got a question I "knew" but completely crapped the bed. The way the question was asked confused me, along with sample outputs and I just never recovered. It was a blood bath.
    Jun 11 5
    • Apple &-919”1
      Dont worry. You probably deserve better. It awaits. Keep trying
      Jun 11
    • BBDO sxYo02
      Thanks Apple. Appreciate it.
      Jun 11
    • Crapping the bed is the only way to prepare for interviews. Leetcode is only half the battle.

      Eventually you just crap so many times you’re like “fuck it” and then you’re finally ready.
      Jun 11
    • BBDO sxYo02
      @Uber - pretty much. I probably should've interviewed with places I didn't care about first. I often perform much better when I give zero fucks. But when I give fucks, that's when the nerves kick in and crapping the bed ensues.
      Jun 11
    • Apple &-919”1
      Yup. Stop expecting. Think that everyone is naked including you. Nothing to lose.
      Jun 11
  • Barclays PLC blinder429
    Another pet peeve, I have these days is about phone screening... These days, you are expected to be in front of a computer... So, are u supposed to take leave or WFH on such days...
    Apr 23 4
    • Chase KlTv28
      I just straight up tell them that I do not have access to a computer at that time. I’m perfectly happy doing a phone screen with video (google hangouts or Skype, no big deal)... but coding stuff is a no go without a bit more planning and an assurance that I actually would like to work for your company,

      After all... interviews are a two way street... I’m interviewing you just as much as you’re interviewing me.
      Apr 23
    • Barclays PLC sscL38
      But if it is technical phone screen then you have to be in front of a computer. You simply cannot say no to that when they give you ample time and ask you when you're available.
      Apr 23
    • Chase KlTv28
      Ahh... that is a bit more troublesome... could always bring your personal laptop with you, then set up shop in a reasonably nearby coffee shop (maybe the third closest Starbucks from your office) and do it there.
      Apr 23
    • Barclays PLC sscL38
      I wish I could take interviews from coffee shop in NY. So much noise !!
      Apr 23
  • Barclays PLC blinder429
    Of all post, this is the most valuable... I been interviewing for quite a while and rejected from everywhere... Google 2 times, FB 1, Amazon 1, Jet 1, and Dataminr 1... I think I am doing well and lot of credit goes to LC... Unfortunately, don't get feedback from the companies where I am falling behind... But, I am not loosing hope and still trying to get what I want
    Apr 23 1
    • Bloomberg / Eng
      leapfrog

      Bloomberg Eng

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      CA Technologies, Bloomberg LP
      leapfrogmore
      That's really the worse as well when they don't give you feedback. Honestly believe companies should be paying for these all day on site when it's a rejection. Most companies I'm sure are interviewing for quota and candidate data, not actually looking to hire anyone
      Apr 23
  • Bank of America MWzm24
    I did 12 onsites last year and only got one offer. I'm learning from the mistakes and I know the feeling, just take a break but never give up
    Apr 24 0
  • Credit Karma green_sky
    Did not got from Uber, Dropbox ( both onsite) and Google (2 phone rounds), got 5 offers though, tier 2 companies. Joined CK.
    Apr 22 0
  • Johnson Controls truncated
    Ahhh, rejection. That temperamental, intoxicating vixen that has teased all our hearts and crushed us. I sold my startup and had infinite confidence in my abilities, that is until I started interviewing cold. It was clear that the interviewing game is a completely separate game from anything you do most days on the job -- even ones that 'simulate' the on job experience. Rejected Google 2x onsite, FB (1 phone, 1 onsite), Amazon (offer 1x, denied onsite 1x, denied phone 2x), and Qualtrics (which I was sure I'd get) was denied after 11 interviews. Plenty more 👻 by recruiters.
    May 2 1
    • Apple DudeItsMe
      Woww. Amazing. How did you make your mind to work for someone else?

      I heard "An entrepreneur stays always as an entrepreneur"
      May 2
  • Morgan Stanley
    summer_gen

    Morgan Stanley

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    summer_genmore
    2 rejections from Amazon, 1 from fb, 1 from google. All on-site
    Apr 23 1
    • BBDO sxYo02
      Fuck. I bombed my FB phone interview and was depressed for a week. If I got to the onsite and got rejected I might've cried.
      Jun 11
  • Affirm 8isenuff
    It’s such a craps shoot based very little on what one does or does not do in an interview and very much on unknowable team politics and random luck of the draw in terms of openings. I’ve done somewhere in the regime of 20 onsites and received only 2 offers in the last two job searches.
    Apr 23 0
  • Bloomberg / Eng
    leapfrog

    Bloomberg Eng

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    CA Technologies, Bloomberg LP
    leapfrogmore
    Rejected from Facebook 4 years ago and again this year. Rejected also from Amazon 4 years ago and again this year. A part of me didn't really care to continue to play the game, so never prepped as hard as I could. Also the fact you spend so much effort prepping you get the job and you're like WTF where's the real stuff!
    Apr 23 0
  • BlackRock Ikqf10
    OP
    @hustler that’s fantastic. What is your YouTube channel ?
    Apr 23 0
  • CenturyLink ml7hsg6
    Once I had 5 phone screens and 6 onsite interviews with a small company. Had a little poor front end interview and got rejected.
    Apr 22 0
  • Deutsche Bank xwqw03
    Did the disastrous interview with Apple. Questions were so easy yet failed.Damm it coderpad just did not open for me and had to do on Google Docs with one hand on keyboard and another on phone.Feeling so bad.
    Apr 23 2
    • Apple mhunchjj12
      Dont beat yourself over it. At least you got experience and will be better in next one. Keep looking and trying.
      Apr 23
    • Deutsche Bank xwqw03
      Yup got valuable insights.thanks buddy.
      Apr 23
  • BlackRock Ikqf10
    OP
    Curious what’s the question ?
    Jun 11 0
  • Bank of America Kenz_reves
    2xGoogle, 2xAmazon + automated tests, 1 Apple onsite and phone, 1 onsite &3x Bloomberg phone, 1 Facebook onsite + 1 phone, 2x Microsoft + automated tests, 1 Uber phone, LinkedIn Resume reject. Will start in bay area soon with Salesforce though. Let's see what future awaits. 4 years of interviews.
    Apr 23 0
  • BlackRock / IT !trumpet
    No one talks about rejections because there are too many 🙂 .... I got a rejection from Bloomberg after a telephonic round , Intercontinental Exchange at the final stage saying I was good but not good enough , mit major banks didn’t even respond to my application so way too many rejections ....
    Apr 23 0
  • Chase / Project Galaxy009
    Rejected by google (NYC) as Product Manager after in-person interview.
    MS & FB (Seattle) rejected my resume.
    Apr 23 0
  • Works Applications / Eng loadi
    Rejected by Google and grab after final round, unable to get any more interviews
    Apr 22 0
  • New / Eng
    duqO85

    New Eng

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    duqO85more
    Rejected my first time interviewing for an Amazon internship (although passed my second try). Phone Screened with Google twice, rejected both times. Interviewed for an Internal transfer Amazon->Twitch and was rejected (that one hurt way more than external rejections).
    Apr 22 0
  • Cisco Chuckkie
    👊🏻
    Apr 22 0