Strange experience during LinkedIn interview - anything I can do?
Has anyone here done anything about the strange behavior (not calling it discrimination yet) faced during interview, especially if the result was not in your favor? If yes, what are your options as an interviewee and possible outcomes? TIA
I recently had an on-site @ LinkedIn and came out with the confidence that I aced all 4 interviews - 3 of them were outstanding and 4th one was great if not best.
The 4th interview is the one where I had these strange experiences which I believe reflected in the interview result:
1. In the beginning (pre-intro) interviewer made a comment: looking at your LinkedIn profile it looks like your experience will be more suitable for an enterprise product role not at something like LinkedIn search. I was being interviewed for general pool, I clarified but somehow they had in their notes that it is for LinkedIn search.
2. Interviewer asked me if I have kids while solving the product design question. I answered, yes I do, okay the product was for kids but how does it matter if I have kids or not... or why would you ask me!
3. Interviewer said they work in this particular area of LinkedIn so it would be interesting for me to design a similar product if I was a product leader at a well funded start-up. As some of you might now LinkedIn product interviews are 30 mins each - after intro and Q&As you get 25 mins at best. My interviewer came 2 mins late (this interview was 1st thing on Monday morning for them), and they had breakfast with them and asked to leave 3 mins early for next meeting. SO I had like 20 mins to design this product - I obviously rushed through it by talking about why it makes sense to design this product, who the users are in my first attempt, their problems/opportunities and how would I solve it... Oh plus I was also asked how would I launch it... when we had 10 mins left I was asked to just talk about any 3 problems and move which I did... and finished by how would I measure success.... Now, the only feedback I have from recruiter is that while designing that product I missed a key audience... later after the interviews I realized that yes there was another key user group who would influence the product design which I didn't called out as a user but in my solution I had their concerns addressed via features. So I thought even though I missed calling this user group out but I had their concerns in later section... so it shouldn't be concerned as negative given there was even less time then planned.
I have had failures before and have processed the feedback to improve for the next time... I also had successes recently so I know what it looks like to ace the interviews. In this case I am taking the feedback but not able to accept it as genuine given the experience I had.
What would you do? Genuine helpers please. and if someone from @LinkedIn want to help without risking my future chances there, please DM.
My expected outcome is to be interviewed for product design one more time by another interviewer.