Prepare for the rejection from facebook

New SElC46
Dec 1, 2019 42 Comments

Dear blinders,
the reason why I wrote this post is that I can feel maybe there are many people in the blind community also suffered from the similar situation.

There are some background first, I failed google's phone screen 3 months ago, and realized that I was underprepared.
Then 3 months later, I prep intensively and applied for facebook, here are some quick update for my current status:

1. I'm applying for a SWE E5 role.
2. I had an on-site interview 2 weeks ago.

TBH, after the onsite, I felt nothing but relief.
There were a standard 4 round interview. (2 coding, 1 behavior, 1 system design)
How was the interview?
My thought is that my opinion is totally irrelevant, since "doing well" is a pretty subjective thing.
Besides that, almost all well-trained interviewers will make the interview like a breeze, even you stuck, you still feel you're making progress through their assistant.
One week later, there's no hear back, so I reached out my recruiter as I usually do.

The recruiter replied instantly, and I got the message that my packet is going to go through the review next week.
Wow, the review? What does it even mean?
I knew the best way to find out is reaching my recruiter again, but I thought if I were him/her I'll feel this candidate is needy.
Instead, I found this very helpful thread that elaborating the whole process pretty well:

At least it's not yet a rejection, I thought.
And getting into the candidate review, sounds not bad, huh?
But soon(maybe one hour later), I can't stop wondering about what if "the review" only means for "debrief",
last week is holiday, so I can assume they move around the schedule for it.
That means I might still get rejected by one of the interviewers who doesn't seem like satisfied with my solution.
That's just an example, what I want to say is that the anxiety started killing me.
I've been paranoid and picky to every detail and mistakes I made during the interview.
Finally, I came up a conclusion that they're gonna reject me.
Strangely, I accepted it and calmed down again.

The recruiter might reply me in this week or maybe I will be ghosted.
I also realized you can move on if you truly believe it, that's a lesson learned.
Maybe I'm a super negative person, but being mentally well-prepared for failure do make myself feel better.
Not sure is there anyone is also waiting the painful result like me, but hey, you're not alone.
Sharing my feeling do make me feel even better now, and I also want to thank you for the effort of reading my rambling.


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TOP 42 Comments
  • Is this your first time having an onsite with a FAANG? They only extend offers to the best of the best, so chances are slim.

    Even you don't believe in yourself, then don't expect other people to have a good impression of you. Start building up your confidence, and stop being so paranoid. It's just Facebook, no need to over think too much.

    Worst case scenario is a reject, so what? Just move on, start preparing for next company. Continue with your daily routine and enjoy life.

    Honestly, a FB reject means you dodge a bullet. They drive people to commit suicide. With your current mentality and lack of self confidence, how long do you think you will last in FB?
    Dec 1, 2019 2
    • Facebook easzss
      Stop generalizing. Should OP avoid Microsoft, Apple, Amazon, and Google too? Try actually getting an offer let alone working at a FANG. You've added zero helpful input to the OP.

      To OP: Good luck
      Dec 1, 2019
    • Yahoo rJRK63
      Facebook is great for career growth
      Dec 1, 2019
  • New SElC46
    Just a quick update here, I got the e5 offer.
    The feedback of coding, behavioral and system design actually went extremely well.
    Still a big thanks to the blind community, might write another post for how I prepared.
    Dec 8, 2019 4
    • Facebook / Eng noooooo
      Dec 8, 2019
    • Microsoft BasYaar
      Op: care to share the numbers ?
      Dec 9, 2019
  • New SElC46
    Just a quick update here.
    It's a candidate review!
    Fingers crossed.
    Dec 3, 2019 2
    • Dropbox c3bo
      What is that?
      Dec 3, 2019
    • Xevo mQht72
      I though you knew it would be a review all along. What would be the other outcome? Anyway, Good luck!
      Dec 4, 2019
  • Amazon OMwD10
    Anything can happen. Stay positive. No matter what the result is. Stand up and move on :) Someone says something like “sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck.”

    Fuck FAANG. In 10 years, who could give a fuck. Personally each person’s life is just so unique. The story, the struggles, etc. In 10 years, what matters is family, kids, your health, etc. Who could give a fuck about total comp or some level at some big corporations.

    All that said, good lucks! :)
    Dec 1, 2019 1
    • New SElC46
      And you're definitely right, seeing thing in a ten-years scale do make me rethink about what I actually care.
      All the best!
      Dec 1, 2019
  • Facebook 019283746!
    I thought I got rejected but got the call. Prepare for the worst, hope for the best. Good luck!
    Dec 1, 2019 1
    • Bank of The West breaktech
      I thought I got rejected after the 2nd phone/VC screen, but got an on site and, eventually, an offer! You never know! Good luck.
      Dec 1, 2019
  • Amazon rand0miz3d
    my guess: "review" = "debrief". Good luck!
    Dec 1, 2019 1
    • New SElC46
      Thanks, that's what I thought, too
      Dec 1, 2019
  • Cisco / Eng fvajq
    Was in the same same situation a month ago. I didn't do that great on the onsite (had better days) and was waiting for review which usually means 'mixed' signal. Was offered 1 additional interview to improve 'signal' and that one went slightly better than my avg perf on the onsite but in the end was not enough to pass.
    I was strongly advised to try again which in the end is about the right decision based on the shown performance.
    I ended up accepting another great offer (I am not in Cisco anymore but like being in Cisco on Blind at least)
    Dec 1, 2019 5
    • New SElC46
      @fvajq, congrats! And thank you for being supportive.
      Even reading your post I can feel the same pain, I will keep my chin up and try again, thank you!
      Dec 1, 2019
    • Xevo mQht72
      @fvajq: How soon did they reach out to you for the additional interview
      Dec 2, 2019
  • Dropbox c3bo
    So what happened?
    Dec 5, 2019 0
  • Oracle sasikalab
    I will wait for your update... that you got the offer 😊
    Dec 1, 2019 1
    • New SElC46
      This actually made my day :) Thanks a lot.
      Dec 1, 2019
  • Amazon superr_man
    Awesome! Congratulations. Please comment the link to your next post on this thread
    Dec 8, 2019 0


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