Indicators that you’re screwing up your interview?

Jan 11 20 Comments

I had an onsite this week. My first FAANG. I have a very bad feeling about it. My interviewers seemed unimpressed.

For those of you more experienced in interviewing, are there signs that indicate that you’re doing a bad job?

Here is what I perceived as indicators:

- I finished solving the problems relatively quickly and ran out of things to add
- Interviewer poking/asking “is there anything else that you might want to add?” (after which I did add more things, but like, I didn’t proactively mention them)
- Interviewer not taking a lot of notes/not enthusiastic about note taking

Did I mess up?

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TOP 20 Comments
  • Box AndYet
    The interviewer stops asking follow up questions or the follow up questions get easier softball questions. Or the interviewer just keeps agreeing with you and telling you your answer was right.
    Jan 11 0
  • LinkedIn QVbb83
    If it's a phone screen, I will only end the interview before 1 hour is up if you're doing extraordinarily poorly.
    Jan 11 5
    • LinkedIn QVbb83
      It's more like if I start to say "yeah that's right" to every response you give, even when you're wrong, just to speed things up.
      Jan 11
    • OP
      Okay, yes that was not the case with me. 😱
      Jan 11
  • Zymergen / Other needsleep!
    They ask you to button your shirt back up
    Jan 11 1
    • Cognizant / Eng
      gXrshu

      Cognizant Eng

      BIO
      you're my bio
      gXrshumore
      And put your pants back on and jacket
      Jan 11
  • Ironclad / Legal ⌐(ಠ۾ಠ)¬
    The first bad sign is that you think you did badly. If you are not confident about yourself, kind of hard to expect other people to have confidence in you.
    Jan 11 0
  • New HXwF46
    Just assume the worst for now and be surprised if it comes back different.
    Jan 11 0
  • Affirm / Eng ramenlover
    Unenthusiastic interviewers are common, unfortunately. Some engineers do so many interviews they become numb to the process. I wouldn’t take that as a bad sign as long as you finished the problem within the time limit.
    Jan 11 3
    • LinkedIn QVbb83
      We're not taught that.
      Jan 11
    • Cognizant / Eng
      gXrshu

      Cognizant Eng

      BIO
      you're my bio
      gXrshumore
      I guess it might be a fang thing
      Jan 11
  • Google bighead2
    You probably solved the problems so fast and your interviews had nothing left to ask.
    Jan 11 2
    • OP
      Do you think that’s bad?
      Jan 11
    • Ironclad / Legal ⌐(ಠ۾ಠ)¬
      It's bad if there is a long pause of awkward silence and you can't fill the gap. It means you don't know how to carry a conversation forward.
      Jan 11
  • Amazon
    dajita

    Amazon

    BIO
    L
    dajitamore
    Jeez the misconceptions about FANG. Yeah we go to a training where they monitor our facial expressions because we have a lot of engineers and lack of better work
    Jan 11 0
  • Cognizant / Eng
    gXrshu

    Cognizant Eng

    BIO
    you're my bio
    gXrshumore
    I think it's good to ask if you're not sure what they are looking for,I think I got docked for not asking enough clarifying questions
    Jan 11 0

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