(How) Can I brute force my way into Google/Facebook ?

Nov 15, 2019 58 Comments

I've been on the LC grind for quite few months. Please no "oh Google is not the only company out there etc", I just know that.
Well, I've sharpened my coding/algorithmic/data structures skills with LC, no doubt. However, I suck at coming up with good solutions in a reasonable amount of time.
Did you / do you know someone / is it possible to brute force the way into Google/Facebook by just blindly Leetcoding and retaining/memorizing as many questions as possible ?

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  • Facebook / Data SrcD06
    It is however probably not a good idea. Not that you'll actually be solving those kinds of problems in the job, but the ability to do them well is a real signal of your ability to succeed. I'm not sure gaming the interview process is a wise career move unless your goal is just to show such a company on your resume before moving elsewhere.
    Nov 15, 2019 11
    • New / R&D OK👻mer
      Gaming the interview would be a stronger signal of your ability to succeed. Don't go with the flow, be the flow.
      Nov 15, 2019
    • Amazon ineffable
      > Lol. How many times have you ever written a graph traversal on the job?

      Many, many times
      Nov 15, 2019
  • Uber jojoke
    Where there is a will, there is a way. If you keep trying year over year, I am sure one day you will make it to facebook. For Google, probably not.
    Nov 15, 2019 11
  • Cisco
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    🦙 Alpacamore
    Its actually good that you cant brute force into these top companies, it filters out so many non critical thinkers effectively
    Nov 15, 2019 11
    • OP
      could it be that i'm seriously dumb ?
      Nov 15, 2019
    • Cisco
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      🦙 Alpacamore
      No it means you didnt practice enough.
      Nov 15, 2019
  • Google / Eng Googled
    One tip I can think of is to think in terms of complexity. Like if u see the problem,(even though u don't have much clue), you can mostly figure out what complexity would be good, and accordingly u can think of what data structures would fit in.
    Example, let's say u have an array problem and O(n) solution looks very trivial, u can almost assume it should be some variation of binary search for o logn solution. Same with O(n2) solution, it should be somehow solvable in O(nlogn) with sorting/priority queue or similar. It's not the approach u need to use directly, only use it if you are not able to find an optimal solution. Basically try to think what can be an answer, then choices are limited in most cases
    Nov 15, 2019 1
    • OP
      nice ! you are absolutely right, this is eye-opening indeed
      Nov 15, 2019
  • Google / Eng Googled
    Not for Google. I mean not if u purely memorize. If u memorize but still get the idea of how it is done, then u might be able to
    Nov 15, 2019 0
  • Google hypms
    Very low chance for both. I am an interviewer at Google, was once an interviewee at Facebook (Yeah, I got the offer).
    Nov 15, 2019 3
    • Google hypms
      No, that’s why I said very low chance. Lol
      Nov 15, 2019
    • OP
      thx for the 'good' news lol
      Nov 15, 2019
  • Wayfair / Eng
    Onryo

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    Onryomore
    There is a lot more to the interview than knowing the answers to the coding challenge. How you work as a member of a team, how you solve abstract problems (to which there may not be a straightforward answer), how you deal with conflict, say as much (if not more IMO) about you as your engineering skills.
    Nov 15, 2019 0
  • Google zuckkk
    Google no, Facebook yes
    Nov 15, 2019 2
    • OP
      what's the difference ?
      Nov 15, 2019
    • We design our questions to be unique. The second they get posted on Lc we ban them. Also because they are often made up by each engineer they are often very different styles and approaches than standard leetcode. In comparison in my fb interview I had seen 4/5 coding questions before and the one I hadn’t seen was also on leetcode when I looked after woods. Still had enough twists and turns you can’t just rote learn but it’s easier for sure
      Nov 15, 2019
  • Google / Eng Tier 3
    Not for Google, but for Facebook, most likely. I've never gotten an onsite question that's on LC, but did see them on phone screen.
    Nov 15, 2019 0
  • Alation tempuser4
    Yes. It's highly dependent on your luck too. Just keep solving the questions and hope that you get something similar in the on-sites. If yes then congratulations else rinse and repeat after 6 months.
    Nov 15, 2019 0

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