Rejection after great phone interview

Jul 15, 2019 23 Comments

I am at a loss here. Splunk Interviewer asked one easy Leetcode question. I finished in 10-15 minutes taking care of edge cases and doing a run through. After interview I even tested the code and it ran correctly (after fixing 1 minor bug). Interviewer seemed satisfied enough to move on from the coding question. The rest of the interview I was asked questions which I felt I answered correctly (most general performance engineering questions since thats the role).

Got an email today saying they are not moving forward. I have had tougher Leetcode questions with FAANG and at least made it to onsite or know I screwed up right after the interview and how I can improve.

I feel defeated and hopeless and I honestly don’t see how I could have done better in the phone interview.


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TOP 23 Comments
  • Zillow Group walking 🚶
    Move on, even if you were the perfect candidate sometimes you can get a rejection
    Jul 15, 2019 0
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    • Splunk / Eng Kjgds
      Care to explain why iTyK26? I am at Splunk and I did not realize that it is a sinking ship. Would love to hear if you know more.
      Jul 15, 2019
    • Splunk / Eng ImaRainbow
      Splunk is more of a juggernaut with plenty of years of backlogged customer demand. And we’re not sitting still. Highest median TC in the industry, go look it up. That’s a sign of market power, not weakness.
      Jul 15, 2019
  • OSIsoft sin shady
    OP, it's not always the interview. Very possible that u absolutely cracked the interview but they potentially had someone already lined up who accepted the offer? Not having an open req to hire you for might also be a reason they chose not to proceed. If u think u did great, then very likely u did, unless they were looking for something very very specific and didnt find you matching that very precise skill. Don't be dejected! Onto the next one!
    Jul 15, 2019 0
  • Qualcomm / Eng dynasty001
    Posts like this make me feel better about screwing up an interview :-) I am not the only one. Keep at it

    By law of averages , given enough Leetcode and interviews , you're bound to get one :-)
    Jul 15, 2019 0
  • Splunk Jolt
    What team / area?
    Jul 16, 2019 1
    • Performance Engineering. Why?
      Jul 16, 2019
  • OP then not sure whats the benefit of studying leetcode so hard when rejection even after good interview...
    Jul 15, 2019 1
  • Uber / Eng meowimacat
    Maybe they wanted you to solve it even faster
    Jul 15, 2019 1
    • OP
      I really doubt it because usually in that case the question is followed by a harder one. In this case, there was no follow-up or a twist added to the problems
      Jul 15, 2019
  • Capital One / Design AjyL54
    Ask the recruiter for feedback
    Jul 15, 2019 1
    • OP
      Asked for it and just got generic response of ‘you did well but we got a better candidate’
      Jul 15, 2019
  • Facebook iTyK26
    My apologies. Clearly Splunk is the best company in the valley.
    Jul 15, 2019 0
  • SAP / Admin MaPeIbBd
    Hiring is based on so many factors that trying to find why after rejection is not best use of your time. If you know 1 -2 points which you could have done better, work on it and move on.
    Jul 15, 2019 0


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