Turned away by Walmart, Infosys and Palantir; my role in this world is unclear.

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Dec 18, 2018 38 Comments

For both software development and for general labor. All these companies I've applied to, either reject, or they tell me I be wasting their time because I'm not no local candidate to that specific part of the country,
or they tell me that another candidate was recommended by numerous colleagues because THEY been local,
or someone with more YoE came in, etc.
Didn't matter that my performance was good.
Didn't matter that I covered all the bases.
Didn't matter that I started from the fundamental parts of the algorithms.
Didn't matter that I made my way up to very optimal runtimes and memory usage.
Didn't matter that I kept the interviewers informed.
Didn't matter that I discussed trade-offs.
Didn't matter that I covered multiple test cases.
Didn't matter that we walked through multiple questions in one session.
Didn't matter that some of them learned a new perspective regarding algorithms or system architecture.
This is how it goes for 400 companies and counting.
There was and has always some excuse around the corner, technical or not. "Oh, you didn't ask for ANSI encoding." or "we've filled this position internally" or a ghosting.

Can't go to any meetups in the area because the few that are here talk about the same subjects.
Talked to those people. No prospects.
Applied to some government places. No response.
Applied to one of the few remaining local startups. They decided to have us meet at some bowling alley/arcade. Had to strain to hear them, missed and mistook a lot of what they were saying for other things. Asked about the possibility of going to a more acoustically-protected area. They said it was perfect. Then the next day, they said no to me.

People this is it. My phone service is going to be cut off [EDIT: tonight] since I can't pay it. Then I won't be even able to log into my email and other services if they ask for confirmation because they don't allow Google Voice numbers. Do they somehow know that I was from the hood? Why me, man?

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  • LinkedIn / Eng
    Gill Bates

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    [Insert epic sax here]
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    Dec 18, 2018 1
    • Vertivco / Eng
      FastPapuan

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      How can this severe pain be some type of entertainment to you? Why you such a sadistic person, dude?
      Dec 18, 2018
  • Target / Eng .¯\_(ツ)_/¯
    The troll of Blind is back at it!
    Dec 18, 2018 5
    • Vertivco / Eng
      FastPapuan

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      So me not being born to a glorious family or city and me being constantly lied to and getting my phone service cut off is some sort of joke to you?
      Dec 18, 2018
    • Target / Eng .¯\_(ツ)_/¯
      Yes
      Dec 18, 2018
    • Vertivco / Eng
      FastPapuan

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      How on Earth is this pain funny?
      Dec 18, 2018
    • EMC yskV77
      Lmao
      Dec 18, 2018
    • Oath / Mgmt Atinlay
      It wouldn’t kill you to get a random job to pay the bills. OP talks more crap on Blind than anyone, then about once a month we get these types of postings.
      Dec 19, 2018
  • Google / Eng
    LeeJaeDong

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    5’6”Indian can be relieved that he’s not you.
    Dec 18, 2018 1
    • Vertivco / Eng
      FastPapuan

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      I don't know what that means nor the significance (if any). He works at Facebook making bank. Of course he would not be me. No one would.
      Dec 18, 2018
  • LinkedIn marxkarl
    After so many rejections I would try and get to the real reason why nobody wants to hire you.
    You need to get past the 'nice' feedback that you get and dig in to find out why exactly you are sucking at interviews.
    Dec 18, 2018 1
    • Vertivco / Eng
      FastPapuan

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      The "un-nice" feedback I've been getting --
      During the interview, them: "Why would key storage with LSM trees be more optimal for writing?"
      Me: "B-trees have to write at least twice: once to the write-ahead log, and write again to the tree page itself, and possible again if the pages are split. Usually, LSM trees are compressed and write sequential SSTable-like files rather than the multiple pages. This reduces write-amplification to allow for more throughput sometimes. See?"
      Them: "..."

      Then he licks his lips and smiles.

      Later:
      Me: "What do you think?"
      Them: "I'm not sure about why LSM trees would be better for writing."
      Me: Re-explaining.
      Them: "But... but..."
      Dec 18, 2018
  • LinkedIn
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    No offense OP. You remind me of a popular Blinder whose id implies height. Keep it up, don’t give up!
    Dec 19, 2018 1
    • Vertivco / Eng
      FastPapuan

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      Appreciate the enthusiasm, but your Hollmark cards of encouragement are not going to pay my phone bill and is thus useless.
      Dec 19, 2018
  • LinkedIn / Data
    pumpkin!!!

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    I failed onsite google, apple and Facebook... we all fail, but you need to learn from failures. Maybe try smaller companies or if you need money start day trading idk
    Dec 18, 2018 1
    • Vertivco / Eng
      FastPapuan

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      Why are you waving your status and money in front of me, giving me options I've already tried and talked about and have 0 access to?
      When I asked for specifics, I either got no specifics or someone moved the goalpost.
      Day trading? Smaller companies? Where do you think I am, a tech hub?
      Dec 18, 2018
  • Microsoft gdprcmplnt
    Did you try triplebytes? Also, as others mentioned, the reason for not passing interviews might not be technical. Have someone do a mock interview you. I believe there was a website called interview.io . It might help
    Dec 19, 2018 2
    • LinkedIn Pongal
      Yes perhaps a hygiene issue...
      Dec 19, 2018
    • Vertivco / Eng
      FastPapuan

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      Passed 4/5 of the practice ones with near max scores on communication and technical ability.

      Went in with even hair and fresh, clean clothes. No holes. Ironed. Wore deodorant.
      Dec 19, 2018
  • Yelp / Eng
    110/30/

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    Let’s play some pingpong or badminton
    110/30/more
    I was rejected left and right - I was ready to become a farmer. But one company will eventually pick you up.
    Dec 19, 2018 0
  • LinkedIn 02948;7473
    Stop spending your time complaining on blind and apply to 10 more places. The tech industry is like this — just apply to everywhere. Can’t be picky if you’re in desperate need of a job.
    Dec 19, 2018 0
  • LinkedIn bmOA00
    Interviewing requires a lot of luck as well. You can do everything right and still fail. Just keep practicing and interviewing.
    Dec 19, 2018 0
  • Amazon / Eng Chad🕶
    So you're saying Walmart didn't want you as a door greeter?
    Dec 18, 2018 3
    • Vertivco / Eng
      FastPapuan

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      Our people were killed for reading. And here you are refusing to do so.
      Dec 18, 2018
    • Amazon / Eng Chad🕶
      No, i read. You said for general labor
      Dec 18, 2018
    • Vertivco / Eng
      FastPapuan

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      Yes, that covers greeters, meat Packers, cleaning, stocking, cashier, everything.
      Dec 18, 2018
  • Chase / Eng Mom22Many
    Hang in there. Start looking at consulting work.
    Dec 18, 2018 2
    • Wipro
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      wipro is hiring and never turn down fresh US grads.. if you are interested in contracting and get some experience along with pay check.....
      Dec 21, 2018
    • Walmart.com / Eng QTFP86
      Why on earth in sane state of mind someone will apply to wipro/infosh*t/cognic*nt? These are worst bodyshops
      Feb 14
  • LinkedIn Pongal
    @Op where are you from (assuming your post is real).
    Dec 19, 2018 1
    • Vertivco / Eng
      FastPapuan

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      What are you going to do about it? What is the point of repeating myself if no new information is gathered?
      Dec 19, 2018
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    • Vertivco / Eng
      FastPapuan

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      Why oh why do people recommend that I relocate to better areas and then tell me the opposite?

      Already tried working with the few local options there were. Nothing happened. I'm not sure I could say that that moment was me criticizing them. All of us were frequently asking each other to say things again or louder.
      Dec 18, 2018
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    • Vertivco / Eng
      FastPapuan

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      This is how a big plurality of people write. If I put the word "it" in front to make it a complete sentences, "it" wouldn't make a difference.
      Dec 18, 2018
  • Amazon qwer1234at
    I had a similar problem at one time when an interviewer turned me down because they felt like if I misbehaved, I'd be less controllable and harder to deal with. I asked after I got called back and did very well at an internship.

    Generally, people want to work with people they can trust. Sometimes, that's finding mellow people who won't be too critical and fight too much and hamper team culture.

    From your messages, you seem very high strung and critical. It's not always about hitting all the technical check boxes, but also how you interact with people. One exercise you can try is imagine yourself interviewing yourself while sad or stressed. If you make you feel yourself better or more productive and you trust yourself, that's good. Otherwise, figure out what you're doing that makes people feel on end and change that.
    Dec 24, 2018 0
  • LinkedIn slooflirpa
    Next big solo hit by Eminem. Can't get enough of it.
    Dec 19, 2018 0
  • Bose JustMeHa
    You can turn off 2 factor authentication in email and then you don’t need a phone for checking email ? Keep applying or take a loan and go study stuff
    Dec 19, 2018 0
  • Intel UrMomma
    66”
    Dec 18, 2018 0
  • Yelp / Eng
    Pupperr

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    If you got a laptop, you get access WiFi at Starbucks for free.
    Dec 18, 2018 0