Terrible Google phone interview

Microsoft tenator
Feb 21 38 Comments

Warning: Long Post ahead. For people who don’t have patience, please read the summary.

Short version:
Bad phone interview with Google killed confidence gained by clearing 4 other big phone interviews (Amazon, FB, Uber, Snap). Looking for tips to gain back confidence for the onsites lined up in next 2 weeks

Long version:
I had a very terrible phone interview with Google. So terrible that by the end of the call I was still trying to come up with a non-brute force approach. I cleared phones interviews from Amazon, FB, Uber, Snap, VMWare. Basically cleared all phone interviews that I took except Google. But this one failure has taken away all the confidence I gained by clearing all the other phone interviews. Any tips on how to get back the confidence is highly appreciated. On site for all those companies are scheduled in next 2 weeks!

Reasons I think why I screwed it up:
1. I’m on ADD medication which I ran out of, so that hurt me psychologically.
2. The interviewer was really nice and helpful but very hard to understand - not trying to blame him, may be it’s my fault that I couldn’t understand what he was saying.
3. The problem statement wasn’t given, he just said it verbally. I asked him to repeat twice, still didn’t get 100% of it. But felt too bad to ask the 4th time. So tried confirming with examples, that didn’t help either.

All in all I would say it was one of those bad interview days.

P.S : sorry for the terribly long post, just wanted to vent it out.

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TOP 38 Comments
  • Oscar 🐨koala
    Feel better bro.
    Feb 21 2
  • New
    bazizizizi

    New

    PRE
    SAP
    bazizizizimore
    tell the recruiter how communication was an issue, they will look into it and reschedule another one - worked for me
    Feb 21 3
    • Oracle wandrinerf
      Nice!
      Feb 22
    • Intel UGeJ58
      If you can't communicate to start with, what do you think teamwork will be like?
      Feb 22
    • Oracle wandrinerf
      For G, you won't be working with that interviewer so it doesn't matter.
      Feb 22
  • Google / Eng
    Shaktiman’

    Google Eng

    PRE
    Amazon
    Shaktiman’more
    I had once screwed up linkedin phone screen on a simple question to change decimal to binary (or something similar). It happens.
    Feb 21 1
    • New / Eng son.of.G
      Sorry Shaktimaan
      Feb 21
  • Amazon / Eng kwq7812
    Relax, buddy. It happens. You did well everywhere else...so really, it's just one random outlier, and you shouldn't sweat it.

    As a seasoned interviewer myself: if you come out of the interview not actually understanding what you were even supposed to do, the fault lies with the interviewer. They aren't communicating well and/or their problem isn't well designed. Period.

    It happens and it sucks, but you've got a ton of other (likely equal or better) opportunities sitting in front of you, so go after them and don't look back.
    Feb 21 1
    • Microsoft tenator
      OP
      Thanks man! That helps!
      Feb 21
  • New DvVM00
    you call that long? you have serious ADD problem.
    Feb 21 1
    • Microsoft tenator
      OP
      Can’t agree more with you :(
      Feb 21
  • Microsoft bomba355
    Many people don't even clear 1 out of that list.
    Feb 21 0
  • Microsoft tenator
    OP
    Quick update for those who are still following the thread, the recruiter called me and offered to schedule another round of phone interview!
    Feb 26 0
  • Uber yTzY24
    Sounds like the interviewer was at least partially at fault. Maybe he’ll recognize this and give you some benefit of any doubt.
    Feb 21 0
  • Arista Networks unVS80
    Next time just write down the problem statement with the interviewer so that you are on same page. Just tell him that you want to write down the problem before proceeding for better clarity.
    Feb 21 2
    • Microsoft tenator
      OP
      I really wish I could say that to this interviewer, but since I already asked 3 examples I felt guilty asking for more. I guess better luck next time!
      Feb 21
    • Arista Networks unVS80
      Yea don’t beat yourself to death about this once instance. Good luck for the on-sites!
      Feb 21
  • Agilysys hiflight14
    You can never predict. I did a phone interview with Google. 15 minutes in (out of allotted 45), interviewer asked if I had any questions. I was surprised, asked something and it ended. I though that was it, I had messed it up. Turned out he gave a great feedback.
    Feb 21 0
  • Nvidia gobabygo
    What was your question :)
    Feb 21 12
    • Oracle wandrinerf
      If the smaller one comes first, then you will not make a loss... right?
      Feb 22
    • Microsoft tenator
      OP
      Sorry the other way around
      Feb 22
    • Oracle oCmdmej
      You did the N^2 solution?
      Feb 24
    • Microsoft tenator
      OP
      No he didn’t let me code it. He wanted better thank N2
      Feb 24
    • Oracle oCmdmej
      Dang, what hints did he give? Also pm'ed you.
      Feb 24
  • ViaSat LeetC0de
    Same boat here. My interviewer was not responsive to my question and gave me an really vague oop api design question on the phone... sometimes it’s just luck nothing to do with your skills.
    Feb 21 1
    • Microsoft tenator
      OP
      YeahI agree. But my interviewer was really really helpful though although it was really hard to understand his accent. He tried to navigate me till the very end! Even 5 mins before the time!
      Feb 21
  • Intel UGeJ58
    If you can't understand the accent of your teammate, what will working day in and day out be like? Is it a magical transformation, or will miscommunication constantly occur?
    Feb 22 0
  • OnDeck GPgj02
    You should have asked him to write it out on the Google Doc
    Feb 22 0
  • Bro. You'll get Uber or VMware ezpz
    Feb 21 0