Which Order Should I Apply to Companies?

New gin
Feb 2 7 Comments

Hi, so I'm a new engineer right out of school with 0 years exp. I want to apply soon. Ideally I would like FAANG-like companies, but despite the fact I'm coming from a very good school, I know that statistically the odds are against me.

Should I apply to FAANG-like companies first and get my rejections and then apply to my second tier choices? My fear is if I apply to all the companies at once I might reject a lesser known company only to realize it was my best option after the offer has expired. I am thinking I should get rejections to my top choices and then apply to the other choices a couple of weeks later. Does this seem logical?

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  • Apple khNnHGdCb
    Even very experienced software engineers can take 8-9 interviews before finding a match. Do not go straight at your #1 choice, organize your interviews to land your in persons all the same week or two and have your top choices in week 2.
    Feb 2 4
    • New gin
      OP
      Thanks, make sense. Is it true that you generally have a week to respond to offers at FAANG/other tech companies?
      Feb 2
    • Reddit syzygies
      Yes
      Feb 2
    • Apple khNnHGdCb
      Any company that gives you an offer will wait, even if you’re past the deadline. It takes ALOT of work to get a candidate to the offer stage, the deadline is just fake pressure they use to try and get you to agree more quickly. Tell them you are super excited about the role but need to finish up with the other companies before accepting so you can consider all options. Even if the offer expires just tell them you need a few more... even better, don’t let them start to write up the written offer until you can time it together with other offers. Get a verbal first and say you need to talk it over with someone before accepting. Ideally, only the company you are accepting will give you a written. That said, until you have a written offer in hand there is no guarantee of an offer. I’ve had An SVP cancel an offer after verbal had been extended and approved up through VP.
      Feb 2
    • New gin
      OP
      Thanks a million, will keep that in mind.
      Feb 2
  • Amazon sjtarjs
    If you have never interviewed before you will burn through three or four ... keep that in mind
    Feb 2 1
    • New gin
      OP
      Yeah, definitely prepared for several rejections.
      Feb 2

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