Stackoverflow discouragement for applying for a job.

New litmoon
Jul 24, 2017 18 Comments

I have been working on my own startups for last 5 years; established 2 companies, one took off, makes around 500k yearly, and one didn’t. The one didn’t take off was in US and it was my recent one. I raised money for it from US investors and also went through one of the well known startup accelerators as well. At my companies, I pretty much worked as a full stack developer.

Now, I moved to US entirely and as my other company in another country, I am not able to work for it and receive salary.

I did some side projects which went well enough to make more than 100k in several months. But, they faced with difficulties and the money stopped lately.

Now, I want to work at one of the big corps. I feel so confident about delivering a product, project all by myself. I can build a distributed system on AWS along with DevOps flows and high performance frontend. I am highly experienced on frontend, I know what becomes the bottleneck later, what problems a project faces in the time, I know how to manage resources of a web app to make it available in another country etc.

I have the experience, feeling, senses but not confident enough to code at a company. I feel like people at big corps don’t use stackoverflow at all. I use it like a documentation website all time. But the feeling I have is, either I will not be able to make through the interviews as they would ask weird questions on whiteboard or even if I make it through the interviews people inside gonna be so brilliant and will make fun of me.

I have been doing design, biz, engineering all together and can’t remember every function/method from my head. But I also know what is stinky. It takes less than two weeks to sharpen one of my sides when I focus on it. How much do you guys use stackoverflow at your company? For instance, I love Netflix, Coinbase, Airbnb, Google and Facebook and would like to work at a company like one of them.

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  • Yahoo Dodo1989
    LOL... I love the questions New people ask.
    Jul 24, 2017 7
    • Talkdesk / Other (boo)
      I don't. I wish we could hide the noobs.
      Jul 24, 2017
    • New litmoon
      OP
      Jul 24, 2017
    • Autodesk / Mktg
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      Jul 25, 2017
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      Jul 25, 2017
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      Jul 26, 2017
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  • Amazon CurliMurli
    Everything is OK with you.

    1. People use StackOverflow on daily basis in big companies. They don't remember signatures of many methods because they are humans.
    2. If hiring bar is high, new hires feel themself stupid comparing with their colleagues in the first months. It's common and gone after you get proficient in some area you're working on.
    3. Many good engineers can't pass a coding interview without preparation. So get prepared.
    Jul 25, 2017 0
  • There's a bit of English lost in translation, but I think I get what you're trying to say.

    Reliance on stackoverflow *is* bad, as you'll likely not run into problems that can be easily solved by googling at the big 4 companies.

    This is why I understand why they quiz you on the fundamentals with no external resources to test your problem solving ability.

    With your skill set and experience, you seem more suited for a technical product management position. Have you considered that?
    Jul 24, 2017 3
    • New litmoon
      OP
      Yes I did but I’m not a “scrum master” or something and it feels like they will require something like that from me.
      Jul 24, 2017
    • That's project vs product management. Two very different things.
      Jul 24, 2017
    • New litmoon
      OP
      Then I should definitely consider, thank you!
      Jul 24, 2017
  • Twitter wuuuf
    ...WHAT
    Jul 24, 2017 1
    • New litmoon
      OP
      I’m confused, yes. In short, how much do you use stackoverflow at your work?
      Jul 24, 2017
  • Amazon / Eng
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    Yes, every software engineer uses stackoverflow frequently. And we refer to documentation often. That's why we have two monitors.

    Yes you'll likely have to do whiteboard interviewing for the Big companies.

    I think those were your questions???
    Jul 24, 2017 0
  • Palo Alto Networks pix
    There's lots between startup and big corp. Some care more about practical coding than algorithms.
    Aug 2, 2017 0
  • New / Eng murd68
    Big corp job interview is an entrance exam actually, you *have* to prepare to it in very specific way. You real experience won't help here.
    Jul 25, 2017 0

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