Should I take a break from interviewing

Nov 7, 2019 61 Comments

Here's a list of companies I've had interviews at and not made it to an offer. Been interviewing consistently for 9 months now - I know, it's a shit show. Looking for a PM/Senior PM role. 8 YOE and shit TC.

Made it to onsite about 6 times, phone and video rounds with hiring managers about 10 times and recruiter screen the other times.

Should I give up interviewing and reflect on what's going wrong? if so, how? Or just keep going? Does being on a work visa reduce my chances?(Dropbox and qualtrics refused to interview me after I told them I was on H-1B). Thoughts?

Should I take a break from interviewing

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TOP 61 Comments
  • Deloitte / Consultant Makiavelli
    your lack of sorting peeves me
    Nov 7, 2019 1
    • OP
      Haha it's just a shitty Android notes app I used to not this list down. Thanks for expressing your discomfort though 😄
      Nov 7, 2019
  • PMs should not be eligible for H1B. We have enough business, MBA, and CS grads to take care of what we need here.
    Why don’t you look for roles in another country?
    Nov 7, 2019 6
    • Salesforce zombied
      Ibm1, he's bringing humor to a morose situation. Why do salty?
      Nov 8, 2019
    • New iceob
      H1 abuse is def a thing.
      But just Google had 156 'Product Manager' H1-B filings in 2019.
      You mean to say Google hired cheap-ass contractors stealing American jobs and giving it to skill-less foreigners... and then paid them the same amount they would've paid an American, while not having to deal with the Visa uncertainty?
      It costs Google more (5-8k$ more atleast , govt/lawyer visa fees) to get an H1 candidate than a normal PR, USC candidate.

      If you really do believe that, you're not just naive but stupid.
      Go back to your shell.
      Nov 8, 2019
  • Microsoft / Product Letsdoitt
    PMs interviews are most subjective, there is no consistency in any company, thirdly not easy to problem solve for hypothetical questions, right on the spot. In the real world, people get time to think through problems, research, and find solutions. Take a break and then get on it again in few months, remember none of the failures matter, you only need one to go thru, it will eventually happen.
    Nov 7, 2019 0
  • Microsoft msftbored
    With this much interview experience, reflect on what are you doing wrong, make notes, take help from friends and family and improve on that. Keep going!
    Nov 7, 2019 0
  • New aknt
    You look good on paper, which is why you are getting the interviews. But you are doing something wrong during the interviews. I would suggest that you find a neutral party to figure out what. Maybe some company that trains for interviews. Or if you are cheap use Triplebyte, it's free, and they will give you feedback even if you decide not to interview with any of their clients.
    Nov 7, 2019 4
    • OP
      I've been thinking about this. Do you know of a neutral 3rd party interview practice assessment company that may help? Also does the number of YOE reflect badly i.e. I have 8 YOE and I don't have good, solid stories from my work experiences?
      Nov 7, 2019
    • Microsoft / Product Letsdoitt
      I think if few of you are interested, we can form a mock test group. We can start practicing problems / interview delivery every week for the next 6 months or so, nothing like practice. Let’s make Leetcode for PM interviews.
      Nov 8, 2019
  • Informatica prsdnt
    Do a startup to teach people how to get so many interviews
    Nov 7, 2019 3
    • OP
      Interviewed at one and was ghosted for 4 weeks after which I was told "sorry, we want someone who has built a product team from the ground up". I was like, ok.....did you not get that from any of the prior conversations?
      Nov 7, 2019
    • OP
      Misread your suggestion earlier. Yeah.... can't start companies on a work visa
      Nov 7, 2019
  • Wurth USA 1BM1
    Find a "lesser" company that could use your services in that position. You may need more background in that position before being considered by these big companies.
    Nov 7, 2019 2
    • OP
      I could explore this, thanks for the suggestion. Any companies you can think of at the top of your head?
      Nov 7, 2019
    • Find a field you're really interested in. Then go to Crunchbase and find some companies that have just raised a B or C round.
      Nov 8, 2019
  • Wurth USA 1BM1
    Ummm... sounds like attitude from the last line. If you are projecting that attitude when interviewing, that might be a reason why you did not get anywhere.
    Nov 7, 2019 4
    • OP
      I did not actually say that to the recruiter. Just thoughts
      Nov 7, 2019
    • Wayfair hitman047
      Cut him some slack.
      Nov 7, 2019
  • Expedia Group / Eng getmesfjob
    Apply for less elite companies
    Nov 7, 2019 2
    • OP
      There have been a LOT of less elite companies that's on the list, and actually there have been few that I am missing on that list
      Nov 7, 2019
    • Expedia Group / Eng getmesfjob
      I'd suggest brushing up your LinkedIn and interview with everyone who messages you
      Nov 7, 2019
  • Facebook ⭕w⭕
    You should have reflected after every few rejections like 3...not 32 lmao.
    Nov 7, 2019 0

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