Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix, and Google (FAANG) are some of the renowned and largest tech companies in the world. FAANG refers to the stocks of the five biggest and best-performing American technology companies and are great to work with for good reasons. Originally, Jim Cramer, a TV host and a co-founder of The Street.com, was the one who coined the term “FAANG” in the year 2013. Earlier it was FANG, which represented four tech stocks except for Apple, and since then all the four companies have seen triple-digit growth since 2015 and ahead.
These FAANG companies have tremendous potential to move the stock market as they comprise 15% of the S&P 500 stocks’ performance, which has a considerable impact on the overall market.
Role of engineers at FAANG companies
The major difference in the role of an engineer in FAANG companies is brought about by the product. Thousands of engineers work on a particular product or a project. The process for everything is well-structured and straightforward. Google can be considered as the perfect example for FAANG companies to operate on a larger scale. Basically, at FAANG companies, a person will be surrounded by people who are technically sound. One gets to meet brilliant minds, who are technically adept and know the fact that software is the key at all levels.
Non-technical employees won’t understand how to code but will grasp it at a conceptual level. Teammates get aligned with each other’s roles and understand their part. FAANG companies do hire many engineers as they keep on competing for the best talent, though not purely beneficial for everyone, every time. They usually design programs to make sure that all engineers are doing exceptional work.
FAANG companies offer their technical and non-technical minds several benefits. Every FAANG company provides its people the best work environment along with various other perks like – paid off-sites, hefty salaries, free meals, and big celebrity events. Engineers at FAANG companies work hard and are persistent in delivering the best performance.
How aspirants can make their way to FAANG companies
First of all, one needs to focus on harnessing the soft skills required to be taken in by a FAANG company. Ability to think out of the box, problem-solving skills, expertise in solving algorithms and data structures, teamwork, coding competition expertise, contribution in open source projects, brainstorming, ability to improve solutions, grasp information quickly and organize one’s thoughts are major qualities FAANG companies look for in a candidate.
It varies from company to company; one should read the blogs which talk about it. Generally speaking, there are around 3-7 rounds of interviews for an entry-level and a lateral role.
In this round, your resume is shortlisted by the recruiter and is also considered the most difficult segment to crack. A candidate would need to grab the attention of a recruiter by making their CV stand out. The interviewer tries to understand the candidate’s background and asks a few HR questions, the answer should match the job description. If a candidate is able to crack this round, then next would be a technical test.
The concepts one needs to focus on are Data Structures and Algorithms. Doing a bit of competitive programming would help to overcome the challenging problems.
It is divided into two parts, Technical and HR interviews. One can crack technical interviews by practicing more and more on coding and problem-solving. The various courses would help candidates immensely. In the HR interview, candidates will have to justify their worth to the company, as to what makes them the best fit for the role.
Following these tricks and techniques, prospective candidates can prepare for all rounds of interviews. A thorough preparation will make the entry process easier and help FAANG aspirants stay ahead of their competitors.
The writer is Founder & CEO, GeeksforGeeks