Bad Interviewing Experience at Facebook.

Oct 17, 2019 27 Comments

I had a second phone screen for a Facebook L6 because the first screener wasn't able to get a great signal due to technical problems during the call. Now, if I could imagine what an ideal second phone screen might look like, the second interview screen with Facebook would describe this. I felt like our conversation was almost scripted like it was for video demonstration. At the end, the interviewer shared I did absolutely great and she hopes to see me around.

After the interview, I immediately followed up with recruiter whom I excitedly shared my
experience. This was on a Thursday. I hear nothing all day Friday, no response Monday, whereby I sent another follow up email also asking questions. Nothing...Tuesday going by..and finally Wednesday where I follow up again with a one liner. Almost immediately I receive an email saying the engineer leadership decided not to move forward after considering feedback from both interviews.

I was just taken back. I immediately assumed I pissed the recruiter off from my emails and she threw me under the bus. Not sure why she would...but it kinda felt like that tone. In my email, I apologized if I sent her too many follow ups. I inquired very politely about any feedback at all which could be shared since my version of reality is apparently much different than what's being reported. Nothing, just radio silence.

CONVERSELY, I had a google tech screen today for an L6 IC role. We had an absolutely great conversation, wrote some code. I told myself once it was finished, I wont follow up directly with any more recruiters until waiting a day or two. But, for my Google experience, the recruiter had already emailed me asking me how I felt it went! I replied back that I thought it was awesome, look forward to coming out hopefully. I get back about 5 min later asking for a quick followup in 20 minutes. In less than an hour, I found out Google is happy to move forward with me and come onsite.

What an amazing and seamless process...thanks Google.

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TOP 27 Comments
  • Facebook


    Google, Apple
    I usually wait a week before reaching out. Recruiters can be hit or miss.
    Oct 17, 2019 0
  • Riverbed Technology tgfdttfddg
    Man you midwest people are always cranky. This stuff happens to everyone. Just that people don't cry about it.
    Oct 17, 2019 0
  • American Express AmexMex
    3 follow ups in 5days would be acceptable for an unsecure fresh grad who tries to get his 1rst job but not for someone who has 12yoe and applying for L6 role.
    Oct 17, 2019 0
  • Illumina puncher
    3 follow ups emails in 1 week? wtf. I'd get pissed off too
    Oct 18, 2019 1
    • New DipSum
      OP sounds like very insecure newbie
      Oct 18, 2019
  • Microsoft presci
    The recruiter is not your personal assistant. Learn to have some patience
    Oct 17, 2019 0
  • Google hypms
    Don’t think your flood of emails would make a difference. She is just the messenger, she would care less about your over-eagerness.

    Usually Facebook recruiter is better than Google one.
    Oct 17, 2019 1
    • Snapchat pKzd43
      This. While you spamming makes you look somewhat desperate just because you felt like you nailed it doesn’t mean you did. A good interviewer will make you feel good about your interview even if you did meh, we are trained to do that. You likely don’t meet the expectations of an L6. On sites are way more brutal at google so good luck.
      Oct 18, 2019
  • New DipSum
    Insecure much?1 3 emails in a week that included weekend......chill out and good luck for G
    Oct 18, 2019 0
  • Upstart uppercut
    I have little faith in recruiters. You're king if they need you but might as well be chopped liver if not. Wouldn't attribute much of the outcome to the recruiter. Google happen to like you. Fb didn't. Whatever, they had bad signal.
    Oct 17, 2019 0
  • Salesforce pu_q
    Google recruiters seem to have a lot more time but I actually hate it. My Google recruiter keeps calling me over and over again for nothing, just casual chit chat and updates (these updates weren’t even meaningful). Even I rejected some of the calls, I ended up taking 5 calls from the Google recruiter before knowing my offer’s details. It was a horrible experience.
    Oct 17, 2019 4
    • Snapchat pKzd43
      No, because diversity hires are more valuable, aka more impact for the recruiter
      Oct 18, 2019
    • Google / Eng sadnoogler
      That's is sadly true.
      Oct 18, 2019
  • New xnjo70
    TC and YOE or GTFO
    Oct 17, 2019 0


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