Strange experience during LinkedIn interview - anything I can do?

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HelpIng Mickey spread happiness, now want to help common people like me 😉
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Sep 20 25 Comments

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.

TIA
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TC: $240k

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TOP 25 Comments
  • Bloomberg 💰<go>
    Asking about kids during interview is illegal in some states.
    Sep 20 0
  • Juniper / Eng sixpack
    It was probably bad interviewer or bad mood of interviewer. I would provide interviewer feedback to recruiter and move on.
    Sep 20 0
  • Facebook cochococho
    How many kids you have?
    Sep 20 1
    • Disney / Product
      go0f1e

      Disney Product

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      Warner Bros. Entertainment
      BIO
      HelpIng Mickey spread happiness, now want to help common people like me 😉
      go0f1emore
      OP
      2. Twin. I hope you have some advice... 🙏
      Sep 20
  • LinkedIn keep the
    Please tell the recruiter about the interviewer asking if you have kids. That is not OK!! The interviewer needs to be retrained not to ask inappropriate questions.
    Sep 21 0
  • Would you have written this post if they extended you an offer?
    Sep 20 6
    • Case closed.
      Sep 20
    • Disney / Product
      go0f1e

      Disney Product

      PRE
      Warner Bros. Entertainment
      BIO
      HelpIng Mickey spread happiness, now want to help common people like me 😉
      go0f1emore
      OP
      Hahaha! You are being the judge 👩‍⚖️
      Sep 20
    • Checkmate.
      Sep 20
    • Disney / Product
      go0f1e

      Disney Product

      PRE
      Warner Bros. Entertainment
      BIO
      HelpIng Mickey spread happiness, now want to help common people like me 😉
      go0f1emore
      OP
      So this how you are closing the week on high note, understandable given what’s going on at Uber....
      Sep 20
    • Touché.
      Sep 20
  • Bloomberg / Eng F.U. money
    Had issues at LinkedIn too with somebody making weird comments. Weirder than yours for sure. And he wasted my time listening to himself talk for most of the interview. Did nothing. Didn’t mention it to recruiter... I think I should have, but didn’t want to be that type of person.
    Sep 20 1
    • Disney / Product
      go0f1e

      Disney Product

      PRE
      Warner Bros. Entertainment
      BIO
      HelpIng Mickey spread happiness, now want to help common people like me 😉
      go0f1emore
      OP
      I hear ya. They are at advantage, wondering if sharing with recruiter s a good idea or not. Definitely want to work there some day 🤞
      Sep 20
  • LinkedIn / Eng markez
    Sounds like a shitty interviewer, but I don't think there's enough evidence to label it as discrimination.
    Sep 25 0
  • New lskd63
    Don’t worry too much, OP. The result might be good. Even if not, you know you are good so you can probably land at a better place than LinkedIn.
    Sep 20 0
  • Salesforce yogi110
    Don’t read too much into it. Good luck. Is this position Bay Area or some other location?
    Sep 20 1
    • Disney / Product
      go0f1e

      Disney Product

      PRE
      Warner Bros. Entertainment
      BIO
      HelpIng Mickey spread happiness, now want to help common people like me 😉
      go0f1emore
      OP
      Bay Area
      Sep 21
  • NEOGOV vran_gov
    I had similar experience with Google - I did mention to recruiters- she said will bring it up to respective forum and raise concern - but that’s it, I wasn’t given second chance - I might apply again in 6-8 months!
    Sep 20 1
    • Microsoft Gg1
      Similar situation. Provided feedback to recruiter and moving on. Bad part is Google has 12 month lock period, and i will not be able apply for a similar role in that Org.
      Sep 20
  • Qualtrics / Eng QREP11
    Chill out wait for the result
    Sep 20 1
    • Disney / Product
      go0f1e

      Disney Product

      PRE
      Warner Bros. Entertainment
      BIO
      HelpIng Mickey spread happiness, now want to help common people like me 😉
      go0f1emore
      OP
      Already got the result and it’s a No based on that feedback above 😬
      Sep 20
  • Oath Loathr
    At least u got feedback , been waiting for a month with no reply from Linkedin after the onsite.
    Sep 29 0
  • Disney / Product
    go0f1e

    Disney Product

    PRE
    Warner Bros. Entertainment
    BIO
    HelpIng Mickey spread happiness, now want to help common people like me 😉
    go0f1emore
    OP
    Thanks everyone for empathic suggestions and encouragement.

    I learned from the recruiter that I got 2 strong hire, 1 hire and 1 no-hire (from this interviewer). He provided detailed feedback and I can understand why it was a no-hire. Recruiter is asking me to try again in couple of months. What do you guys suggest?

    Main point of feedback is to be able to adjust and complete the product design in 20 minutes. I am thinking of doing 20 mocks before even asking for a 2nd try. TIA
    Sep 26 0
  • New / Product started123
    I'm so sorry to hear you had a bad experience
    Sep 25 0

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