It all works out in the end! Facebook | Palantir | Amazon

Dec 20, 2019 15 Comments

I started prep for interviews 8 months back. Gave my 100% for a Google interview which happened 6 months back in Dublin. Got rejected because I used pointer instead of reference variable in the interview and got the feedback that my memory management skills are not good(Yep! Even I was shocked :p)

I gave a few HFTs interviews in India and got offer for:
Tower Research Capital
Graviton LLC
Morgan Stanley
Goldman Sachs

Did some research on blind and found out that HFT is probably not the best place to be if you are a software engineer. You'll always be second class citizens to quants.

Left Microsoft and joined a startup in London. Initially felt good but the work is mostly related to maintenance and the learning was limited too. I started interviewing again. Solved some leetcode, did, read engineering blogs and just gave up everything specially in the past 2 months.

The whole preparation paid off and was able to get the following offers:

Palantir London(FDSE)
Facebook London(E4)
Uber Amstredam (SDE 1)
AWS (L4)
Bloomberg London(Senior Software Engineer)

What I want people to take away from my experience is that don't play the interview play the interviewer. While preparing just think how you would ask this question and what you'll take for an answer. And most importantly don't give up. It all works out in the end if you hang in there and be honest to yourself.

I would like to thank the Blind Community for there constant support during every stage of preparation and would continue to support this community from my end in the future :)

Edit:. Offer for Facebook, Palantir and Uber still under negotiating.
Bloomberg TC : £90k
Amazon: £68: 49 + 18 joining + 1k stock (didn't even bother matching my current TC)

Leetcode: 500+
YOE: 2.5 years
TC: £75 k


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TOP 15 Comments
  • Macquarie JimmyJams
    "Solved some leetcode"
    "Leetcode: 500+"
    Jan 9 0
  • Oracle humtydumty
    If TC matters leave Amazon out. But 85k GBP is around the top end of their SDE1 comp range AFAIK. Push for 100k+ at Palantir and Facebook.
    Dec 20, 2019 0
  • Amazon misa-misa
    Cool. Great job op. Now focus on picking the job that gives the best internal transfer options to US and move here. Your TC will be low in Europe. Fb e4 obviously stands out the most from levels, But can't say much about wlb.
    Dec 20, 2019 0
  • Bloomberg infi
    Where did you end up going?
    Jan 10 0
  • Rubrik jejhdy
    What are the offer numbers from each of the company? That's how you thank the blind community 😜
    Dec 20, 2019 0
  • Microsoft oMWJ88
    How much did Palantir end up offering? I have an interview coming up.
    Feb 9 0
  • Amazon cQVM04
    Hey OP, have a few questions, mind if I DM?
    Jan 21 0
  • Microsoft 0ptimistic
    Why didn't you interview for quant at HFT's?
    Jan 7 0
  • Microsoft jejfjs929
    Congrats. I chose Bloomberg over Palantir and Amazon a year ago, dm me if you have some questions before making your choice.
    Dec 27, 2019 0
  • Expedia Group banker007
    How much is palantir offer?
    Dec 26, 2019 0


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