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I did the chicken dance before my four interviews with a big six company
Posted by Ninja Space Content on Friday, February 5, 2021
I had an interview with one of the big six companies earlier today. When I say 'big six', I'm referring to one of the following: Amazon, Facebook, Google, Netflix, Apple or Microsoft. I'm not going to tell you which one because I signed an NDA and I want to go further and don't want to jinx anything by telling you the exact one. I'll let you guess!
The company had me do 4 interviews in one day and because we're still in a pandemic, it was done remotely. Normally, they would have me come to their office for these back-to-back interviews but I was thankfully able to do this all from my home via video conferencing.
I've never been interviewed by a big six company before so this was a very unique and intense interview day. I'm pretty exhausted from the mental stress of doing this but I understand why they do it. They want to make sure they get the right candidate for the job. They're the best tech companies because of the people they hire.
There were technical parts and behavioral parts to the questions they were asking me. Each interview was 50 - 1 hour long. I had 30 minute breaks after the first two and only a 15 minute break between my third and fourth interview. After the near 5 hour process, I was really beat.
Before the first interview started, I was so nervous. With four interviews in one day with 6 different people, I was questioning why I am putting myself through this mental anguish when I felt that I wasn't ready yet. I started doing the chicken dance around the house to get my nerves out before my interview process started. It didn't seem to be working.
I jumped up and down and started doing chants while swinging my arms in crazy motions. I really thought I was losing my mind. I've never been so nervous for an interview before. I just graduated from a coding bootcamp in Dec 2020 and doing a carrier shift. It was humbling to meet my interviewers, who are so advanced in their careers and you can just tell that they are all so intelligent.
All in all, even if I don't get the job (which they said I would find out whether I do or not next week), I know what I need to work on to increase my chances of getting hired. If you're actively interviewing like me, hang in there. Make sure you're finding the job that fits your exact skillset.
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