Still worth applying or wait until new year?

Undisclosed Idiot1
Oct 31, 2018 10 Comments

I’m in a different situation. I’m looking for positions and SF and have had 30 phone screens, 15 technical phone screens and 5 onsites. I realized the reason I’m probably not converting is I was being honest with interviewers. I always bring up how I don’t have professional experience in X field. After being rejected by my top choice(mid size company) I realized I’ve been rejected due to “not enough experience” not because of lack of technical knowledge but rather me being a complete dumbass. I’m pretty hard on myself so the fact that I was there and fucked it all up is eating me on the inside

I’ve sent 400-500 applications to SF companies. Is it still worth applying to SF companies now or wait until the new year?

4yoe and complete shit TC

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  • Axtria nyc!
    I have committed a similar mistake. Unfortunately, honesty is not what companies look for. You should just do some case studies, read online, hone up your skills etc and say you worked on those projects at work. Add them to your resume. I have seen people get jobs at pretty good companies/roles with the 'fake it till you make it' attitude. Some of them completely forged their resume (not in terms of the facts you can't change like school but in term of the kind of things they were working on). Good luck.
    Oct 31, 2018 1
    • Undisclosed Idiot1
      OP
      I will be honest. It has been eating me on the inside because I really wanted to join this company. They liked me and said I interviewed well. But I was too honest and cost myself. Been a week since I got rejected and I’m still upset at myself over it
      Oct 31, 2018
  • Intel BK'sBoyToy
    So how would you approach it differently next time if they ask if you have experience X field? Try your BS your way through that?
    Oct 31, 2018 3
    • Undisclosed Idiot1
      OP
      If they ask I will be honest as usual. However, my problem was bringing it up on my own. I would literally say to the interviewer “I don’t have professional experience with X” or “I do more lower level programming”. I’ve said this to HR recruiters, during my tech screens and onsites. Looking back I wish I knew this because I’d have a new job by now. From my resume they should know I don’t have that background. I guess it’s more of a how to portray confidence sort of thing
      Oct 31, 2018
    • Intel BK'sBoyToy
      Eh recruiters don't really know your resume front to back, it just matched some key words.

      I've had recruiters ask me questions about things which should be obvious I don't have the experience for that from the resume, but when they bring it up later, I have to say, well I did projects related to that in grad school... then they specifically ask for pro experience, which I have to say "no," which effectively ends the interest.
      Oct 31, 2018
    • Undisclosed Idiot1
      OP
      The thing is how I did it, by proactively stating I don’t have pro exp in X, exudes I don’t have confidence in myself to learn X. After getting a 3rd party perspective on how I interview I learned to never explicitly say “I don’t have experience in X” unless they ask. However, you are from intel and we seem to be in the same boat. DM me. We can chat
      Oct 31, 2018
  • Similar issue here, but in NYC area. I wanted to take a FINTECH position, but family said no.

    I am in the process of upgrading my skills though and unfortunately financial math trumps family requests.

    I going to wait it out until about 5-6 months into the new year. And then start applying. My current TC is shit with this startup, and I live 45 min outside NYC.
    Oct 31, 2018 0
  • Read, leet, mock interviews. You might find out you are an a hole
    Oct 31, 2018 0
  • Where are you now? What role are you applying for?
    Oct 31, 2018 1
    • Undisclosed Idiot1
      OP
      I am in South Bay in BA, but want to move to SF. Looking for backend roles in distributed systems to try something new
      Oct 31, 2018

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