Talent and hiring in big tech companies

Homeaway floo
Jul 26, 2018 11 Comments

For FAANG and the like, it's pretty obvious they look purely at LC skills. I'm curious to know how this translates to actual work quality, and how many of these developers (percentage wise) are generally bad coders/get put on a PIP.

Thoughts?

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  • Google / Eng
    chicke

    Google Eng

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    chickemore
    It's mostly LC type questions at the entry levels roles. Once you get to E5/L5+ it's mostly architecture and technical breadth/depth.

    The top tech companies are not looking for coders only, but are looking for problem solvers who can code. I'm not sure if there's a more efficient way to mass interview folks without requiring a lot of interviewers time.

    I've seen a lot of people get put on PIPs. But not all of them are due to incompetence, but to other reasons like the inability to work well with others.
    Jul 26, 2018 0
  • Amazon / Eng S.Nadella
    This isn’t true for all the companies. Google bans leaked questions to avoid hiring leetcode memorizers.
    Jul 26, 2018 7
    • Google / Eng thoughtfuI
      As an interviewer it's really tricky to figure out if your problem is banned. I try not to ask banned questions but I don't check Leetcode every day either...
      Jul 26, 2018
    • Amazon / Eng
      VdeQ78

      Amazon Eng

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      Google
      VdeQ78more
      The problem is not banned questions, it’s just the system optimized for people that can remember a ton of facts rather than for people with a systematic thinking. In other words it’s impossible to come up with an accepted solution in the interview unless you just happen to know the underlying algo and was able to see it through the problem statement.
      Jul 27, 2018
    • Google / Eng thoughtfuI
      The system is definitely optimized that way. Still, with a good grasp of fundamental algos, you can get quite far with most interviewers. The randomness comes from the unreasonable interviewers, who are not the norm.
      Jul 27, 2018
    • Amazon / Eng S.Nadella
      I agree that for all other companies I was pretty much regurgitating leetcode. At google the questions were unique.
      Jul 27, 2018
    • Amazon / Eng
      VdeQ78

      Amazon Eng

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      Google
      VdeQ78more
      It might come as a surprise to you that this “not norm” is a new norm, otherwise how would you explain 80% failure rate (your own recruiters words) when everyone and his cat practices LC nowadays?
      Jul 27, 2018
  • Caesars vSUp33
    What is a leetcode question? The one from that website or is it a slang?
    Jul 26, 2018 0
  • Oath / Eng
    BGdp48

    Oath Eng

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    A total geek, love everything code related. Hit me up if you ever need a serious geek discussion
    BGdp48more
    well in my internship interviews Google asked me LC contest problems so ...
    Jul 26, 2018 0