Momentary Depression - Failed onsite

Nov 26, 2019 27 Comments

Failed onsite at Google, Dropbox and Twitter. Culprit as per feedback - System design interview performance is not bad but not at par for a senior candidate.

If system design interviewers from any of these companies could provide a guidance, that would be awesome!! Thoughts? Any Improvement suggestions?

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TOP 27 Comments
  • Teradata rockerArm8
    Read up on UML, practice designing your current project using UML. Try again
    Nov 26, 2019 2
    • Oracle bittorrent
      Nobody cares about uml
      Nov 26, 2019
    • Oracle pzd
      uml for system design is the express lane to hard reject.
      Nov 26, 2019
  • AT&T
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    Try Grokking system design course
    Nov 26, 2019 3
    • AT&T
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      Than try highscalability http://highscalability.com
      Nov 26, 2019
    • Oracle pzd
      Don't bother with going deep. The interviewer himself has prepped on grokking. With system design interviews, sometimes you just have to tell interviewer what he wants to hear.
      Nov 26, 2019
  • NVIDIA / R&D Iced
    They just want to see a dumb flowchart with some variables and types going between systems. They're of course not going to tell you that.
    Nov 26, 2019 2
    • Microsoft fuckcoding
      OP
      Lol.. A flowchart is standing between a great offer and me..
      Nov 26, 2019
    • Northrop Grumman wiz🧙🏻‍♂️
      It’s more about following a meta
      Nov 26, 2019
  • Twitter twitterrr
    You should be able to come up with a system and tell the trade offs for the system. How will your system behave if some requirements changes, no system is perfect and you should be able to tell the limitations and shortcomings of a system.
    Nov 26, 2019 0
  • Oracle bittorrent
    What’s your level and yoe at Microsoft? The bar differs a lot on that.
    Nov 26, 2019 2
    • Microsoft fuckcoding
      OP
      63 & 9YOE
      Nov 26, 2019
    • Oracle bittorrent
      Then it depends a lot on what kinda questions you are asking and assumptions you are making.

      Don’t just answer what is being asked. They want you to lead the discussion.
      Nov 26, 2019
  • Microsoft ipv
    I don't think it was just system design, Google usually down level you if it's just system design
    Nov 26, 2019 1
    • Microsoft fuckcoding
      OP
      Not pursuing L4 path..
      Nov 26, 2019
  • Amazon VDnQ10
    OP - PM me if you are interested in Amazon. I can refer you for a good position that I know of.
    Nov 26, 2019 0
  • Facebook dabbulu
    Hi,
    Take grokking course. But grokking doesnt go deep enough for an engineer role. what role did you interview for?
    But grokking is a good start and you can deep at each and every point on your own.
    Main: buy a whiteboard and practice. system design is about getting up drawing and speaking up. SPEAK out loud, it is very important for your interviewer to understand your thought process, not the ultimate solution. he wants to understand how you normally reach at a solution. do you consider a lot of alternatives and then methodically strike off solutions because of some parameters that are not met? what trade off are you considering? etc.
    I was able to land offers from FB, G, AMZ and a few others. But all involved getting up building the solution out on the white board. Practice with a friend or spouse if you can, it helps.
    Nov 27, 2019 7
    • Microsoft fuckcoding
      OP
      Looking for new challenging problems, learning opportunities and higher TC, promo is not much hike.
      Nov 27, 2019
    • Facebook dabbulu
      What I mean by alternatives is: no one arrives at an optimal solution the first stab they take at a solution. So say out aloud what your first gut feel/ idea is. Then say you think or dont think it will work. then move to another solution, what are the pro's and cons of this solution....etc Though you havent done systems design, you probably know all the concepts. Practice will help you put a structure behind your answers.
      Dec 1, 2019
  • Expedia Group / Eng e5menow
    I would recommend you doing one of the solutions architect studies on cloud products.

    I personally did AWS Solutions architecture on acloudguru and it was really useful.
    Nov 27, 2019 0
  • Amazon / Eng mcmx
    It's not the end of a world. Try out Coursera, educative.io. I ended up with taking a lot of notes and reflection on interviews right after on-sites. Then prepared follow up plan of self improvement. Prepared plan B, like what will I do if I fail.
    Nov 26, 2019 0

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