Confusing Google interview feedback

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HAWAlo

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Activision Blizzard, Facebook
HAWAlomore
Sep 27, 2019 28 Comments

I am currently based in San Luis Obispo and interviewed for a technical product manager (IC L6) role at Google. Waited 2 weeks for feedback. Noted that I was interviewing for a specific team so no team matching process.

The recruiter said all the interview feedback was positive. But they feel the scope of the role is too small compared to what I am doing now (I am leading a team now), so they decided to pursue other candidates. But they want to keep in touch when they have a team lead role opens up as they think a lead role is more fitting to my scope and experiences.

It feels like a compliment (??) but still a rejection for sure.
1) If they really like me, can’t they create a role for me?
2) Did my packet go to HC and got this feedback? Does HC even look at things this way? E.g. You are too senior for the role, so no.
3) Is it a cost issue? Want someone cheaper?

Also, the hiring manager is fairly new to google and seems like a junior people manager. But I did interview with a few directors too.

Appreciate any insights into this

YOE: 18 years in product and engineering
Total comp: 320K

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  • Walmart Tyron
    Google is weird
    Sep 27, 2019 1
    • Riot Games / Other
      HAWAlo

      Riot Games Other

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      Activision Blizzard, Facebook
      HAWAlomore
      OP
      Agree...
      Sep 27, 2019
  • Booking.com
    Баба Яга

    Booking.com

    BIO
    🤬🤪🥴🥺🤫😜🤦‍♂️
    Баба Ягаmore
    Did they tell you to try again in a year or just tell to wait? It could just be an issue of headcount. But yea, it sounds weird.
    Sep 27, 2019 4
    • Riot Games / Other
      HAWAlo

      Riot Games Other

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      Activision Blizzard, Facebook
      HAWAlomore
      OP
      Does that even make sense? I thought the top companies all want to hire the best, no? Willing to up-level and pay more
      Sep 27, 2019
    • Google / Eng
      sweSharp

      Google Eng

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      Condé Nast
      sweSharpmore
      Scoping someone down may seem like whatever but it screws with their motivation and can potentially build up hard feelings. It's not really worth turning a potential good hire into a bad hire just to get them through the door
      Sep 27, 2019
  • Apple KGHP41
    It’s really simple. They don’t have a req so they made something up that won’t make you feel too bad about the rejection.
    Sep 27, 2019 4
    • Apple KGHP41
      No. The CFO stopped the gravy train from what I hear.
      Sep 28, 2019
    • Facebook / Eng
      foggydesi

      Facebook Eng

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      previously worked at startups and eng leadership at fortune 50 companies, Google & now at FB
      foggydesimore
      Fair enough ! Could be the case
      Sep 28, 2019
  • CenturyLink / Ops fQxK46
    I had a similar experience with Google. I passed all interviews and all interviewers said I did really well and recommended for hire, but then I was rejected all of a sudden and told to try again in a few months. Really weird feeling to be successful at that process and still somehow fail.
    Sep 27, 2019 2
    • Riot Games / Other
      HAWAlo

      Riot Games Other

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      Activision Blizzard, Facebook
      HAWAlomore
      OP
      Did they tell you why?
      Sep 27, 2019
    • CenturyLink / Ops fQxK46
      They said some of the questions I got were irrelevant, and just want to hold off
      Sep 27, 2019
  • Facebook / Eng
    foggydesi

    Facebook Eng

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    previously worked at startups and eng leadership at fortune 50 companies, Google & now at FB
    foggydesimore
    You were rejected.
    Sep 27, 2019 4
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      HAWAlo

      Riot Games Other

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      Activision Blizzard, Facebook
      HAWAlomore
      OP
      What made you say so? Foggy?
      Sep 27, 2019
    • Facebook / Eng
      foggydesi

      Facebook Eng

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      previously worked at startups and eng leadership at fortune 50 companies, Google & now at FB
      foggydesimore
      Just sounds like a weird BS cop out answer from them , like somehow they couldn't tell you ..exactly why ... I dunno man ..sucks ...there are plenty of fish in the sea ...keep trying
      Sep 27, 2019
  • New Rrgf53
    Wait, they have Riot in SLO? And Google? The only big name I hear from that area is Amazon.
    Are you working remotely?
    Sep 27, 2019 1
    • Riot Games / Other
      HAWAlo

      Riot Games Other

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      Activision Blizzard, Facebook
      HAWAlomore
      OP
      Working remote
      Sep 27, 2019
  • Meetup / Eng Chapstuck
    How old are you?
    Sep 27, 2019 3
    • Wix.com TcEs77
      And you have 18 YOE?
      Sep 27, 2019
    • Riot Games / Other
      HAWAlo

      Riot Games Other

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      Activision Blizzard, Facebook
      HAWAlomore
      OP
      Yup!
      Sep 27, 2019
  • Microsoft ufhudv
    They said to follow after a few months. It’s normally 1 year so it’s not completely bad. I bet you won’t need an interview if a rec opens up for a lead.
    Sep 27, 2019 0
  • Uber / Eng itsdara
    Overqualified, or culture fit issue
    Sep 27, 2019 0

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