Why did I get reject from FB?

New k7tdh
Dec 5, 2019 28 Comments

For some context, I have done 500+ leetcodes around 100 hards. I grinded them in the bathroom, in my dream, under the bed, eating, etc. I also mentored people to get internship at Google, Microsoft, Lyft, Dropbox, Facebook, etc.

I had final interview with FB for internship 2 weeks ago. The questions asked were very easy. 3 sum and right side view binary tree.

I discussed the approach, walked though test cases, discussed the time and space complexity before implementing it. Then after interviewer approval, I implemented the solution, then I walked through the codes line by line. Then after that I walked through the test cases again, and comes up with other test cases, and answer follow up questions correctly.
The coderpad should have documented all my solutions.

I was able to do all this within 30 mins. Also, the interviewer was like 10 min late to the interview.

Then I got rejected on Monday. Needless to say I was like WTF. The only reason that I can think of might be because of my accent, but my accent is not even that bad.

Another unlikely reason might be because the interviewer might have wrote my feedbacks after thanksgiving and by that time, he might have forgot and mixed up who he interviewed.🤦‍♀️🤷‍♂️

What do you guys think? Any FB insider thought? What should I do at this point?

Also I'm in host matching for Google winter/ spring internship rn. If any Googler is interested to advertise my profile to managers, I'll dm you. 🙆‍♂️🙆‍♀️

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  • Netflix beebox
    Interview is not exam, interview is inter-view, so from your perspective you view FB as a place you want to work at, from your interviewer’s biased perspective, he or she doesn’t like you the person or your code or you lack the sense of humor or whenever you talk your audience want to commit suicide or any possible reason. Remember interview is not an exam you take at school, you can be 100% correct but if you annoy the interviewer or if your voice sound like the interviewer’s ex-boy/girlfriend who broke your interviewer’s heart, you will still fail. It’s just that simple, i know its not fair and it doesn’t say anything about you, welcome to the life outside school.
    Dec 5, 2019 4
    • Optum UAYD21
      Absolutely agree. I interview too many people and sometimes I meet a person who is able to solve 60% of it, but the guy radiates the energy you want to work with. In other cases a guy may know everything but he is pissing you off, because he talks too much, show a position of know it all, etc. it usually makes me think again.
      Dec 5, 2019
    • Amazon rand0miz3d
      wait, 60%? how do you measure this honestly?
      Dec 5, 2019
  • Samsung statarb
    Shit happens. It’s not your fault, but that’s how the world works. You stay grounded, confident and do great things in your life. Many people assessing your skills might not be as bright as you would imagine them to be. They will have degrees from the right schools, work at the right firms and will have the right words coming out of their mouths. Over time you will get a sense of who knows what, how well and how much. Let me tell you a story.

    Back in college, I was dating a girl and helped her with her homework. She turned in my work and got a zero for a problem. She was furious at me because all her friends got the answer right and she was the odd ball. To make matters worse, this problem was very similar to an example problem that came with a solution in the course textbook. I stood my ground and told her I was right and the text book was wrong. I provided her with the correct formula that should have been printed in the first place.

    I had the derivation written down and she took it to her professor. In his 20 years of teaching, no one had spotted this error and the professor was very impressed and fixed her score. I asked her to ask the professor to give a zero for all other students who answered it incorrectly. He declined and tells that’s not how the world works. No pat on the back, no acknowledgment of this fix whatsoever in class and the world moves on. If you think this won’t happen in your school, it’s was top 10 CS school and the course work was in algorithms.
    Dec 5, 2019 0
  • Amazon medx
    So, you already started mentoring people in getting into FB and Google?

    First, I thought you’re the techlead.

    Then you said, you applied for intern position! WTF?

    Also, you took too long in coding.
    Dec 5, 2019 2
    • New k7tdh
      OP
      Lol, I mentored fellow college students that don't know d&s. I taught them various type of problems, datastructure and algorithms. Eventually they got good enough to get these internships.

      Also the coding part actually took less than 5 minutes. The rest was me communicating my solutions.
      Dec 5, 2019
    • Amazon medx
      Nice of you to fellow students.
      For interviews, don’t overdo communication. Talk as much as you want while coding. But most interviewers prefer that you solve another problem instead of talking for 25 additional minutes for a problem you solved in 5 min.
      Dec 5, 2019
  • Oracle / Eng vAPF84
    Too much randomness in the process, it gets better the more experienced you are untill you are interviewing for staff positions or the like when people basically want you to ace everything including hidden soft skills
    Dec 5, 2019 0
  • Facebook PlayerZ
    It’s similar to get into Harvard or MIT, huge number of applicants, very limited open spots. If you didn’t get in, it doesn’t necessarily mean that your skills aren’t good enough. It’s some other variables in life.
    Dec 5, 2019 7
    • Facebook PlayerZ
      “Similar” in terms of supply and demand. You basically have 1 open spot where 500 people are trying to get, and 100 of them are qualified. That’s internship.
      Dec 5, 2019
    • Amazon medx
      I’ve seen posts by similar fools who said: finding a cancer treatment might be easier than getting a job at Amazon, based on some BS or partial understanding of probability and acceptance rate.

      Also another fool said, getting into the Stanford CS PhD program is easier than getting into Google as SWE.
      Dec 5, 2019
  • Facebook / Eng bonda
    I can't comment on what exactly went in your case. Usually, you're expected to solve 2 questions in the phone screen. Roughly take 20 minutes each.
    Dec 5, 2019 2
    • New k7tdh
      OP
      I agree, that seems to be the process.
      Dec 5, 2019
    • Facebook / Eng bonda
      You could probably ask the recruiter for some constructive feedback. They usually get to read the complete feedback.
      Dec 5, 2019
  • IBM / Product Avocado100
    you may have just gotten some interviewers on a bad day unfortunately
    Dec 5, 2019 0
  • Illumina
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    Dec 5, 2019 0
  • Amazon KBFC30
    At FB, theres always 2 Qs to each round. First one is always LC easy, you need to do it in 10mins or less, then the real Q comes up that is usually LC med-hard. The fact that you only got thru the LC easy Q means that you failed the interview coz you didnt code fast enough for the real Q they wanted to ask. Interviewer cant possible get thru LC med question in 15mins with you
    Dec 5, 2019 1
    • New k7tdh
      OP
      Both questions were leetcode mediums. It was just easy to me lol. I also timed it so that there was enough time for the second question.
      Dec 5, 2019
  • US Navy / Eng fps_doug
    If you just bang through the solutions you don't give them a useful signal. You just show them that you've done this problem before. They want to see you struggle and figure out what the best solution is.
    Dec 5, 2019 0

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