Screwing telephonic interviews.Am I too much underprepared for FANG?

Cisco fang-u
Sep 13 26 Comments

I have been actively giving interviews for last 1 month but fucking up telephonic (70percent) round even after solving and revising 200+ LC questions.
But not losing confidence at all.

Am I underprepared for Google/Netflix/Apple/ Facebook. My deadline for switching is October end.
Below is my fucked up story in chronological order:

Houzz: lc medium, wrote buggy code.

Zume: 2 questions, lc easy(completed) and then lc hard extension(partial) both in 40 mins.

Nutanix: leetcode simple, screwed because of interviewer inexperience. went into different directions to solve problem. All test case passed which was given in original question. He introduced 2 more test cases that also passed the. He gave 2 more which broke and 40 mins passed.

Oracle: 1 hr telephonic , how to sort a file which 10 times larger than memory. Non -coding. I gave semi-cooked explanation using merge sort.

Amazon: find size of a given folder in a computer directory structure: coded in sloppy way using n array tree. Worked fine. Asked for optimization, I applied dp which was not necessary i think.

C3iot:used a generic concept when asked for a bst specific question. The time complexity was same for both approach. why the interviewer was so much into bst way. He could have told me earlier that he only want the bst way.

VMware: did not have very firm grasp at mutithreading when interviewed. First company grill on all things like web api/db/ssl/http than algo.

I have some onsite though in small companies. Let see what happens.

Yeo: 5 yrs in total(1.5 yeo post MS)
Current Tc==base== 130k
Target:170k base /200K tc
location : bay area

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  • Adobe bwSw06
    From what I have observed startups have a high bar.
    Sep 13 5
    • Roku cruella
      I agree. And it makes sense. They do have high bar for pH screen as they r running low on cash. While fang can afford to invite almost every one for onsite.
      Sep 13
    • Amazon / Eng gldnhndcfs
      I'm glad I'm not the only one that sees this.

      Got so many friends that are like, "why did a shit startup like Zulily reject me when Facebook wants me?"

      It's because at a startup you need to be the whole package: good culture fit good experience good technical interviews and good system design to hit the ground running and be worth their limited funds. At big tech companies you just have to be good at DS&A and maybe system design and any autist can get an offer.
      Sep 13
    • Roku cruella
      There was no reason for u to shit on people with autism.
      Sep 13
    • Amazon / Eng gldnhndcfs
      I was just using internet slang for anyone with low social skills which is my experience at FAANG. I apologize in advance if anyone with autism takes offense at this.
      Sep 13
    • Roku cruella
      Go on Wayfair. Shit on all kinds of disabilities. It's ur way. And u r doing great.
      Sep 13
  • Goldman Sachs babachu
    Did you try interviewing.io or pramp? Seems like you need practice interviews
    Sep 13 7
    • F5 Networks / Eng h689qbQ75
      What were your reviews there? Have you tried practicing with a time limit per question?
      Sep 13
    • General Motors linuxos
      Without interviewing.io I never would have passed my phone interview or my onsite. That thing is a godsend.

      I've only done behaviourals on Pramp. Don't like how both sides are expected to "give" as well haha.
      Sep 14
    • Roku cruella
      Gm. I have never tried either. But a friend told me that they (especially pramp) has people outside of country with thick accent. Was that not your experience?
      Sep 14
    • General Motors linuxos
      @cruella All of my interviewing.io interviewers were fluent English speakers with American accents.

      On Pramp I did encounter a few foreigners, yes.
      Sep 14
    • Roku cruella
      Great info. Thanks.
      Sep 14
  • Okta / Eng
    Ezpr07

    Okta Eng

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    Ezpr07more
    From personal experience phone screens are a breeze compared to full loop onsite. So if you fail there it might be an appearance/communication issue you can work on.
    Sep 13 0
  • Roku cruella
    From what I read the only one in which u actually solved the problem was zume?
    Sep 13 4
    • Cisco fang-u
      OP
      U mean 100 percent satisfactory. Not even zume. It was c3iot.
      Sep 13
    • Roku cruella
      No. Don't mean 100% satisfactory.

      I mean where u solved it as in ran the program and it gave correct results.
      Sep 13
    • Cisco fang-u
      OP
      Yup. C3IOT. Zume had 2 questions, I was able run only easy part but was not able to complete the hard part in the time given..
      Sep 13
    • Roku cruella
      K. I guess that might be the issue.

      I might be wrong but interviewers do want to see working code by end of hour.

      Optimal working code > non optimal working code > optimal try but code no works > sloppy code that doesn't work.
      Sep 13
  • Amazon / Eng pyninja
    While I'm not in your shoes, my suspicion is that you may not have enough experience writing/designing code or are not comfortable putting your ideas into code. When I was at my peak I didn't even write code and only thought of how to solve a problem because I was confident that when I had a solution in mind I can translate it into working code.
    Sep 13 3
    • LinkedIn brooklin
      How to get to that peak?
      Sep 13
    • Microsoft oftgroct
      Practice
      Sep 13
    • Amazon / Eng pyninja
      This is a bit counterintuitive but I got good by working on a project in my language of choice (C++). This is something on the side not at your job because project at work progress so slow that you can always just Google things and don't end up remembering anything.
      Sep 14
  • F5 Networks / Eng h689qbQ75
    Why/how would you apply DP for finding folder size?
    Sep 13 0
  • Apple bogle
    Can you elaborate on what the amazon question asked for specifically? size of a folder in a file structure

    What questions did VMware ask regarding those topics?
    Sep 13 0