I am current PM at Samsung but recently rejected by Google (PM) and Apple (EPM) positions. I feel like a failure.
I prepared so much for Google PM Interview according to their format and I was very confident. They asked me questions like 'measure the total length of a road in a city' etc. I was expecting these kind of questions and I prepared for it and I think I answered it very well. But they still rejected me based on the very objective view of one interviewer on some very vague questions. Now I can't reapply for another 12 months which sucks.
For Apple EPM role, even though it was a step down role for me, due to my desperation of changing the job, I interviewed with them. They freaking had 3 phone screening round and 9 rounds of on-site (30 mins each). I think I aced the interview, I knew more than any of their interviewers and had more experience. (I wasn't cocky about this during interview at all). But even they rejected me cause they thought I wasn't a technical fit.
Now I am only 34 and already feel like this is the peak of my career and no more progress from now on. I have worked very hard in past life, going from engineer to Product Manager. I feel like a failure after these rejections. I am applying to many FAANG jobs but getting very few replies back.
Look OP it’s possible you bombed and didn’t realize it so I’ll tell you: find a mentor. Ask someone to help with objective feedback. Git gud.
But ALSO: don’t beat yourself up. I work in FANG. I got super lucky. I also get rejected from FANG jobs constantly. I walked into an interview for a lower level PM role at Facebook and knew from the first round that they’d reject me. Sometimes it’s not the right fit. Sometimes they already have someone pegged and they’re required to go through the motions. Sometimes the interviewer just had a bad day. The point is that while you should focus on what you can control, there are TONS of reasons you can be rejected that are entirely outside your control. Best thing to do is not beat yourself up. You got two interviews!!!! That’s amazing! People dream of getting ONE interview. Be proud you work at an awesome company already and don’t be so hard on yourself.