Xooglers, how was your interview at FB like?

Google Mirzapur
May 19 27 Comments

Xooglers, compared to G interview how was the interview at FB like? Difficulty level?
I've heard FB asks known questions and you're supposed to jump to optimal solution from the get go.

FB folks who have interviewed Googlers, please feel free to chime in.

People who moved from FB -> G are also welcome.

Interviewing there in 3 months for L4.

TC: 250k L3 3 yoe

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TOP 27 Comments
  • Microsoft Gorillala
    Google interviews are so freaking hard and now their pay aren’t even the highest among tech companies nowadays.
    May 19 5
    • Google Mirzapur
      OP
      It is high enough.

      But no one will give you a top 1% offer without competing offers.
      True for all companies.
      May 19
    • Microsoft Gorillala
      Not so sure about that. I hear Google can’t even match FB offers. I hear even Pinterest, AirBnB, Uber, Lyft, Zillow, Splunk, Indeed, etc all can offer much better comp.
      May 19
    • Bloomberg EVALSlayer
      I’m wondering if G is even worth it these days. And the above is not true of Netflix. I might not have time to get competing offers, but I’m definitely willing to walk away.
      May 19
    • Google Mirzapur
      OP
      Zillow, Splunk and indeed don't.

      I've rejected their offers, while at Amazon.

      Uber, Lyft used to sell it that way. I dodged a bullet with Lyft. In 2017 recruiter said stock price is around $45 and I got an offer.

      Airbnb is still paper money, so there's a risk.

      Netflix is hard to crack. Like Very.
      May 19
    • Google HLvr72
      Why don't you get an offer to find out. Also which company pays 300k+ for L4? Please lmk.
      May 19
  • Facebook Hodinkee
    You should come up with optimal solution eventually. One can start with naive but end up coding the most efficient one. What irritates me, you have to finish 2 coding questions these days. Some interviewers are especially strict about that requirement.

    Good luck with your process.
    May 19 6
    • Facebook Hodinkee
      Mostly medium. But some could ask medium and hard.
      May 19
    • Google Mirzapur
      OP
      IC.
      Are questions usually already there on leetcode?

      Doesn't fb ban them?
      May 19
    • Facebook Hodinkee
      I have my own questions, which are not there (yet). There will be a mix, good preparation always help.
      May 19
    • Google Mirzapur
      OP
      Thanks.

      Any system design round for L4?
      May 19
    • @Hodinkee hey I had an onsite recently and had 2 rounds with 2 questions in each round.

      1st round solved both the questions with optimal solution

      2nd round solved one qs with an optimal solution and came up with a sub optimal solution and then we talked about how we can optimize and then ran out of time.

      In your opinion in such scenarios in the past has FB asked for one round of coding round more to get more signal ?
      Not sure if it matters but nailed my phone screen had a hard + medium.
      May 19
  • Google googleyn
    How long you have been at Google? TC 250k as L3 is great. Does this include stock appreciation?
    May 19 6
    • Google googleyn
      Leaving so soon? Is it promo or money? Maybe as L4 at Google you will earn more.
      May 19
    • Google Mirzapur
      OP
      I think I'll get a 6% raise after promo and refreshers will be better.

      I have not applicable, cme and see ratings.
      I can get promo next cycle.

      It's just that I'm bored to death and I don't believe in the leadership team. I am not clear what we're trying to do as a company.
      May 19
    • Google googleyn
      I think L3 max base cap will come into effect for raise. So your refreshers might be more. From what I heard facebook might be like that, try whatsapp or instagram instead.
      May 19
    • Google Mirzapur
      OP
      I won't move if fb offers L3.
      May 19
    • Facebook addnsm
      For 3 YOE guy especially from Google, FB either offers you L4 or reject, won’t lowball you to L3.
      May 19
  • Snapchat boohpo
    I did L7 interviews recently at G and FB. Felt both were similar in difficulty. For coding questions, always get the ball rolling with the naive solution and then work your way. For systems design, be ready to go in whichever direction the interviewer takes the open ended problem. Be proactive in doing back of the envelope calculations and asking the right questions without making assumptions. Even for system design questions, I tend to give multiple solutions for a sub problem and explain the pros and cons.
    May 19 2
    • Amazon cnnfox
      did you receive offer?

      I heard advice against getting the ball rolling (ie starting coding) without figuring out the final algo.

      Also seen many comments that FB interviewers like you to get to the optimal one in the first attempt and. fast so that they can ask the next question!
      May 19
    • Snapchat boohpo
      Yeah got offers. I didn't mean start coding. You should never start coding until you ask the interviewer if they are happy with the solution or want you to dig more. Obviously if you come at an O(n) solution for most problems, there is not much more to do other than optimizations around memory usage etc. You should first formulate your algorithm and discuss it.

      I think it's crazy to expect someone to come up with the optimal without even proper thinking about the problem (thinking through out loud means going through the naive approach to understand all the elements at play). If people directly blurt out the optimal solution they most probably saw this question before, and tends to be are flag when I interview people (then I ask hard follow ups without going to another problem, to make sure the person didn't see the problem before).
      May 19
  • Bloomberg EVALSlayer
    Did you schedule an interview now for 3 months out?
    May 19 1
    • Google Mirzapur
      OP
      Not yet scheduled. I said to the recruiter I'll do it after 3 months.

      She said, she'll schedule it a month before.
      May 19
  • Facebook liam
    G interview was harder and had more original problems.
    May 19 0
  • Facebook addnsm
    The coding is really easy imo, most LC medium ones and rarely you’ll see new questions.

    Behavior and system design is the big ones where make a huge influence on your package and level.
    May 19 0