Thank you Blind!

Microsoft TCandMe
Mar 10 32 Comments

I wanted to say thank you to everyone on Blind. After 4 months of prep and 6 onsite interviews/offers, I just landed a new role at Google with TC of 245 from 155 at Microsoft with 2 yoe. The amount of information on this app is incredible. It has helped every step of the process.

- Learning I could make more at other companies
- Interview prep materials: books, leetcode, design
- Interview, hiring, and offer process at each company
- Expected offers for same yoe and negotiation strategies
- First hand experience of what different orgs have to offer
- How to max out pay and benefits when leaving Microsoft

I'm sure I wouldn't have been able to do it without Blind and the TC trolls. Thank you!

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  • F5 Networks / Eng etcd
    Congrats on that! That's a big jump. 245 in SEA or BA?

    Could you post about your interview prep? I'm looking at a 3-4 month timeline for prep, but, I'm clueless on what all to prepare and how to manage work, prep and interview?
    Mar 10 4
    • Microsoft TCandMe
      OP
      Coding prep:
      1) Cracking the Coding Interview. Questions tend to be on the easier side. Great to start out with and get step by step solutions.
      2) Elements of Programming Interviews (use the GitHub checker). These questions range from the easier medium to hard.
      3) Leetcode. Use questions from here as you continue to prep checking readiness from topics covered in the books. Aim for a mix of difficulty and around 150 to 200 questions.
      4) Tushar Roy's YouTube channel. He dives into solutions for many hard DP questions. Personally, I didn't encounter any during my interviews, but it helped my confidence in solving hard problems from scratch.

      This covers ~500 questions after you should have a solid grasp on all the types of questions and their solution patterns.

      Design prep:
      1) Use "System Design Primer" on GitHub. Cover the topics then dive into sample problems and their solutions.
      2) Grokking the System Design Interview. This is a paid course that walks you through common system design problems.
      3) If you're aiming for a higher level, make sure to read FANG engineering blogs (links found on GitHub in (1)) and other popular white papers.

      What also helped me was scheduling code screens with companies I didn't care about during my prep for FANG interviews. This might be controversial since it's wasting other's time, but for me it helped get out the nerves and determine what other areas I could continue working on
      Mar 10
    • F5 Networks / Eng etcd
      Thanks, MS for the detailed response.

      Doing ~500 problems is almost equivalent to doing 4 problems a day. This could be anywhere between 90 minutes to 4 hours, while preparing. (Excluding the time spent on design, applying for roles, etc.)

      How did you go about balancing your work and prep?
      Mar 10
    • Microsoft TCandMe
      OP
      Woke up earlier everyday and tried to work more efficiently. Lazy weekends turned into all day studying.
      Mar 10
    • F5 Networks / Eng etcd
      Ah, I see. Thanks again for all the information. Good luck at G.
      Mar 10
  • Lyft iePp20
    Congrats! Now make sure you start off as strong as possible: the first 30, 60, 90 days of your job will set the tone for your year. Work hard, be kind, do well.
    Mar 10 0
  • eBay / Eng cutter
    Congratulations πŸŽ‰
    Could you please shed some light on how to Max out pay and other benefits when leaving your current company?
    Mar 10 1
    • Microsoft TCandMe
      OP
      This is mostly Microsoft policy specific. It had to do with fitness benefits, vacation payout, health insurance, and how to deal with getting walked out when moving to a competitor.
      Mar 10
  • Microsoft Dr. Root
    Congrats ma man !
    Mar 10 0
  • Facebook / Design XXX porno
    πŸŽ‰
    Mar 10 0
  • Bloomberg / Eng iVX372
    Congrats OP!

    How many hours per week did you exercise during your 4 months of prep? If 0, how'd you remain so focused? Any caffeine or nootropics?

    And how long did it take you to solve LC medium when you started preparation? And when you finished?
    Mar 11 2
    • Microsoft TCandMe
      OP
      Prepped 2 to 3 hours each weekday and all day on free weekend days. Only drug was prescribed propranolol during interviews.

      Started taking 40 min on mediums with hints with a laptop to about 15 min without hints on a white board. Getting as efficient as possible is important since coding is only one part of the interview, you have to spend time on clarifying the question and assumptions, writing code, walking through many tests and edge cases, coding follow-ups, and maybe an entirely new problem.
      Mar 11
    • Bloomberg / Eng iVX372
      Great tips. I'm thinking of giving myself 7 months to simultaneously prep LC and ML

      Any exercise or caffeine during the prep process? I currently never use caffeine and exercise 5+ hours per week, but may need to cut back on exercise to require less sleep and have more time to study.
      Mar 11
  • Microsoft djxjk
    Congratulations OP. Hoping to put a post like this in 6 months!
    Mar 10 0
  • Western Union MoRH84
    Aww mommy loves you tooπŸ’•
    Mar 10 0
  • Microsoft
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    Can you tell me how to max out pay and benefits when leaving Microsoft please?
    Mar 11 2
    • Microsoft TCandMe
      OP
      All found on the Microsoft Blind :)
      Mar 11
    • Microsoft
      wyba qnbab

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      Well, would love to hear your thoughts
      Mar 11
  • Microsoft / Eng teivos
    Congrats and what level do you get from Google with 2 YOE in Microsoft? T4 or 3 ?
    Mar 10 1
  • Microsoft / Eng dKWp30
    Congrats! πŸŽ‰πŸŽŠ

    Did you get walked out?
    Mar 10 1
    • Microsoft TCandMe
      OP
      Put in my two weeks on Friday morning and was walked out by the end of the day.
      Mar 10
  • Microsoft / Eng
    tarasenko

    Microsoft Eng

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    How did you schedule onsites around work? Did you say you were sick?
    Mar 10 1
    • Microsoft TCandMe
      OP
      Vacation days. Both left over vacation and sick days are cashed out at the same rate
      Mar 10
  • Microsoft / Eng SwitchJobs
    Great! Congratulations! Location?
    Mar 10 0
  • Microsoft HdnF84
    Great positive note and well done OP!
    Mar 10 0
  • Cisco bitset
    Congrats
    Mar 10 0
  • Google
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    Congrats! Keep rocking it like a hustler.
    Mar 10 0
  • Proofpoint / Eng signOnBonu
    Congrats!
    Mar 10 0
  • Facebook datKanga
    Congrats!
    Mar 10 0
  • Amazon / Other mQjS16
    Congratulations. Please summarize your experience here or in a separate post. It would the best way to say thank you.
    Mar 10 0
  • Western Digital xfcs35
    Happy 4 u
    Mar 10 0