Worth it to go to onsites that you won’t pass?

NASDAQ cTrt88
Jun 25 20 Comments

Have onsite planned for Amazon and invite for FB in Seattle that I wont be able to combine into one trip. I barely squeaked by just by luck getting two eazys for each In the phone screens, but there is no way I pass the FB onsite... should I still accept? It’s a PITA doing another transcon NY->SEA for something that’s only worth the experience/practice. Also seems to be a lot of $$ for them to waste. Already did one to SFO this month.

Thoughts?

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TOP 20 Comments
  • Salesforce flang
    You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take....?
    Jun 25 2
  • Microsoft Iehfhe
    Free lunch, free experience. They don't mind the cost.
    Jun 25 0
  • Apple $999
    You're probably underestimating yourself? Give it a shot, you have nothing to lose. If you can, maybe postpone the interview by a few weeks. 3-4 weeks might be enough to make you feel more confident
    Jun 25 2
    • Apple $999
      Also, I've done the best in interviews where I didn't think I had a chance because then I didn't have an expectation out of it and so was less stressed
      Jun 25
    • NASDAQ cTrt88
      OP
      I will for sure practice more, but for me it’s really hit or miss on LC. Have done about 100problems but I can encounter mediums that take me an hour to solve or I can’t solve without looking st discussions. For my screens I lucked out big time. I will say that after failing a couple other screens these two I actually was much more relaxed and I think that really helped my performance. My first screen was with Uber and I just completely choked.
      Jun 25
  • NASDAQ cTrt88
    OP
    Any thoughts on enjoying the interview more even when you bomb a round or two (or more)
    Jun 25 3
    • Microsoft Iehfhe
      Think of it as a way to meet interesting/talented people. As long as you're nice/professional, it's a great way to network.
      Jun 25
    • NASDAQ cTrt88
      OP
      True, I think I will do it. Also would be nice to see the offices and meet some people who work at big tech as I’ve been only in cap markets industry my whole career. Thanks. Now gotta tell the wife I’m burning another couple days for an interview.
      Jun 25
    • New / Eng beachhhhhh
      Hope she understands, its a good move and opportunities like this only come by a handful of times in life

      Good luck!
      Jun 25
  • ConocoPhillips 77️⃣7
    They already decided it’s not a waste of money.

    Only you know what your time and effort are worth, and no one knows how you’ll do.
    Jun 25 0
  • Microsoft UMbR31
    I have an alternative viewpoint.

    Most large tech corporations keep a record of historic interview performance. I'd argue that going into an interview knowing fully that you're going to fail, will work against your future applications.

    I've gotten cold calls, on sites and offers over the years from several companies including G, but Amazon remains elusive. I apply every single friggin year. The first time I interviewed there, I did really poorly, did L6 on-site at 2.5 yoe. The recruiter pointed out this year that they look at interview history.
    Jun 25 7
    • Microsoft UMbR31
      Okay. I was referred for a L6 position, I was pretty surprised too, that's why I excitedly took the interviews :) perhaps they had L5 in mind all along.
      Jun 25
    • Glassdoor coppo
      You apply every year to Amazon ???
      Jun 25
    • Microsoft UMbR31
      Yes
      Jun 25
    • Glassdoor coppo
      But Microsoft (and many other companies) are better
      Jun 25
    • Microsoft UMbR31
      Yes
      Jun 25