Just finished interviewing at 6 top companies..

Jul 31, 2019 535 Comments

... and was unanimously rejected by all. Some facts:

- not that it matters apparently, but top (more like *the* top) CS school grad BS + MS with 9yoe and serious impactful projects at cutrent job that I can discuss for hours
- solved and coded fully over 90% of all coding problems and had something very solid for the remaining 10%
- at the beginning of each round, I asked every interviewer how many problems we were going to be tackling, so I know for a fact that I didn’t run out of time and miss any problems

What are some things that could have gone wrong? I’m starting to think I’m fundamentally unlikeable or have some serious blind spots regarding my communication skills and the way I am perceived.

TC: 215 YOE: 9

What a joke.

P.S. For what it’s worth I’ve been fairly successful at dating, so I’m not like a social outcast or anything.


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TOP 535 Comments
  • Facebook GFS_Queen
    I’m actually glad too tech companies are filtering out douchebags with no self awareness like you. Tech recruiting is not all broken.
    Aug 3, 2019 7
    • Microsoft meanwhile
      It seems like Facebook hiring is broken then. You literally mentioned self awareness lol
      Aug 3, 2019
    • Facebook GFS_Queen
      If you actually read his post and don’t think he is a douche, then you are just like him.
      Aug 4, 2019
  • Apple jjdht!:
    Odor problems?
    Jul 31, 2019 15
    • Deloitte uAag27
      I didn’t think brain drain was an issue in Europe, my apologies.
      Aug 6, 2019
    • Credit Karma

      Credit Karma

      Ok are you guys talking about Europe street in India?? Yah u r right no shortage of STEM talent :p
      Aug 7, 2019
  • Facebook no0bb
    You’ve missed the most important part. You’d rather describe the coding problems with your solution then blinders can give some insights.
    Jul 31, 2019 12
    • just wondering... were there any questions which you could not find on leetcode ??
      Aug 3, 2019
    • Microsoft roaming
      You don’t need to tell the company name. But you can still tell one or two questions from 2 different companies/rounds and discuss how you solved it. Let’s see what went wrong
      Aug 4, 2019
  • Microsoft meanwhile
    I have hard time understanding why so many people are judging quickly that this guy is a douche etc. He was just being transparent about himself. What I find instead is how many of engineers in Blind are jerks and easily judging people as if they know it all based on a single post which could have been interpreted in a different way. Folks, this is the problem in our interview process. The interviewers themselves don’t have any skills to evaluate others; hence, easily judge others as arrogant etc. They end up hiring fellow jerks and start complaining how many folks in their companies are tools. Problem is you (and me of course).
    Aug 3, 2019 6
    • Microsoft leetlleet
      Engineers don’t have many friends, much in social life, hobbies or dating partners :) it is also due to the nature of tech interview process particularly software engineering. You don’t see many hardware engineers here. Recent increase of compensation and the fact that you can have it by studying gives strong motivation for people to join. It also has mostly immigrants because they lack information and find sources. This is a good platform for them (well me).
      Aug 4, 2019
    • ConEdison Solutions / IT

      ConEdison Solutions IT

      Over 10 Years Post Graduate Experience, Cyber Security. Information Security. Project Manager. Scrum Master. Product Manager. ITIL V3
      That's very correct leetllleet. I'd attended interviews to the point that I started loosing faith in myself and physical appearance. There was a time I had to start asking the interviewers for a feedback for my performance at the end of the interview. At other times, when got a rejection notice, I ask where I erred. Some are kind enough for feed backs while others are just lazy liars. At the end of the day, these feedback helped me and today, I am glad that this job needed just one interview and a Skype interview. No video, no in-person or no several interviews. I didn't do well as per my own judgement but the company accepted me and the highest pay I have ever bargained for.
      Aug 14, 2019
  • What kind of person asks how many coding questions there will be to their interviewer at the start of the interview? It's supposed to start off with a bit of banter and resume talk.
    Jul 31, 2019 10
    • Charter dwayneWayn
      I disagree with you Airbnb. If someone thinks it's weird than some people think it's weird.

      This is work, not a controlled closed system school project. Weirdo.
      Aug 3, 2019
    • Charter dwayneWayn
      If someone needed fixed parameters like that I would only hire them for lower paid non-critical work. And keep them from poisoning true professionals.
      Aug 3, 2019
  • Apple zcsq
    If you are white male you need to get everything 100% correct optimal solution no exceptions. Your 10% was too much in this case. You won’t get a leg up like the others...
    Jul 31, 2019 27
    • Facebook / Eng lkj630
      That. I doubt.
      Aug 4, 2019
    • Facebook / Eng e999
      You have the right to doubt and tell nonsense on Blind. Nothing you say can or will be used against you because Blind.
      Aug 4, 2019
  • Microsoft bayareasof
    Did you have chinese interview you a lot? I know for a fact you have to be chinese for another chinese to give you a thumbs up. Discriminatory but this is the sad reality in the valley. I have a 100% rejection rate from Chinese and 100% approval rating from white and Indians.
    Aug 3, 2019 15
    • Microsoft bayareasof
      So does Google's. It doent prevent chinese from harassing others.
      Aug 4, 2019
    • Microsoft / Eng iCan
      may be you have a bias against the chinese that makes you behave awkward on an interview or just amplifies whatever little bias they have against you.
      Sep 1, 2019
  • Microsoft micrusade
    Jul 31, 2019 2
    • Bloomberg TopDogg
      Thank you. My Microsoft interview is coming up in August. 😊
      Jul 31, 2019
    • AQR lmnoop
      Is that the one day onsite? Azure or XBox?
      Aug 3, 2019
  • NVIDIA gruse
    What’s the top CS school?
    Jul 31, 2019 23
    • Compass / Eng

      Compass Eng

      I think a MBA from anywhere outside of top 5 (maybe even top 3) business school is pretty useless.
      Aug 4, 2019
    • Microsoft Angela32
      Aug 5, 2019
  • IMDB キル
    You sound like you're full of yourself even in writing. I can't even imagine how much of a prick you must be to work with.
    Aug 3, 2019 4
    • Are you kidding me? Dude/dudette is here asking for advice and self questioning, way to kick them when they are down!
      Aug 3, 2019
    • LinkedIn


      Google, Amazon, 500 Startups, Microsoft
      Wait what exactly is wrong with the OP's question? He is just seeking advice so what is prideful about his approach?
      Aug 3, 2019


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