Interviewing at Six Silicon Valley Giants in Six Days: Day 5 @ Facebook

The Morning Of

I’m also somewhat on pins and needles as I await Apple’s decision, which is supposed to come in either today or tomorrow. So far, LinkedIn moved forward during Apple’s interview day and Yelp moved forward during Amazon’s. Thus, it’s only reasonable that $Apple moves forward during Facebook’s. It’s simple pattern recognition. 😊

Prep-wise I’m going to continue employing my strategy of not doing any cramming to keep my mind clear. It’s thus far been the strategy I’ve used and I’ve done on four interviews, so I won’t rock the boat. I don’t think I was provided an itinerary for my interviews today, so I don’t have anything to list. I’ll probably edit one in after the fact without times, but I’ll at least be able to provide the sequencing. (Edit: truth.)

11:15pm-12:00pm: culture fit w/ engineering manager, whiteboard coding

12:00pm-12:45pm: whiteboard coding

12:45pm-1:45pm: lunch

1:45pm-2:30pm: mobile system design

2:30pm-3:15pm: mobile whiteboard coding

I’m in the lobby now waiting for my point of contact to come and greet me, and wow, I can definitely tell that I want to do well in this interview in particular. I don’t feel so hot physically, which is a feeling I’m all too familiar with from the phone screens. I have another 30 minutes before my interviews are supposed to start, though, so maybe it’s good that I’m early and it’ll all die down, leaving me fully there physically (and mentally) so I can do my best. Either that or it just gives me an extra 30 minutes of nausea. 🤒

I think the worst thing that could happen between now and 11:00am — the start of my interview — is getting a rejection from Apple. I’d be pretty bummed about that. Maybe I should just abstain from reading my email. Just kidding, I’m totally incapable of doing that. At least it’s nice and sunny both inside and outside at this building so I don’t feel like I’m trapped in a dungeon. I get enough of that in the interview rooms each day.

My recruiter just reached out to me and asked my shirt size so I can get a swag bag of stuff. That’s pretty awesome. I think some part of me should say “no, it’s not awesome to provide free advertising to a company, and it’s less awesome to be excited about it”, but the rest of me is saying wow free stuff!. I guess I’ll close down now if I’m going to be meeting up with my recruiter soon so I don’t seem weird blogging about a bunch of stuff instead of, like, preparing.

The Interviews

11:15pm-12:00pm: Culture fit w/ engineering manager, whiteboard coding

12:00pm-12:45pm: Whiteboard coding

12:45pm-1:45pm: Lunch

1:45pm-2:30pm: Mobile system design

Oh well. It wasn’t a miserable experience, but it’s definitely the most uncomfortable I’ve been in an interview this week. If I don’t get an offer I’m like 85% sure it’s because of blowing this interview. I think my brain was just in the wrong mode.

2:30pm-3:15pm: Mobile whiteboard coding

The next problem went a lot worse. First, I solved a simple happy-path case, but I struggled a ton on fighting the other cases. I started to go down a path of extreme complication and I was cautioned that I was vastly overcomplicating things. For some reason an answer just dawned on me after that and I smooth-sailed it to an optimal solution. If they wanted me to instantly solve it optimally, though, this was another place I could have blown it.

Closing Thoughts

In other news, Amazon called me to say they would extend an offer next week, so that’s cool. With that, LinkedIn, Yelp, and Amazon have all said they’d like to extend offers, while Apple and Facebook will give me a thumbs up or a thumbs down by mid-next week.

Just one company left! I don’t really care about how Google goes on Monday. They’re prestigious, but I don’t particularly want to work there anymore. I guess I’m just excited to be done with all of this so I’m mentally phoning it in. I’ll still show up and do my best, but I’m far more interested in the fact that on Monday I may get numbers from LinkedIn, Yelp, Apple, and Amazon if everything goes perfectly. That would make for a very fine start to my week. I guess in some ways, a fine start to the next step in my career. — DM me on Twitter if you have any questions on anything, iOS or otherwise. I’m no industry vet but I’ll help if I can :)