Pete is a blogger and mathematician that works for Myfamily.com in Provo, Utah about his 2 days of interviews with Google last year. He turned them down when they offered him a high-paying contract position but Google Stock Units and No benies.
Some interesting pieces of the story:
unlike most companies that fly their candidates out for an onsite interview, google’s policy was for me to pay for my flight, hotel, and food, but that they would reimburse me later. i thought that was lame and unprofessional; after all, they are the ones that contacted me for an interview and i never applied for a job with them.
my first interviewer came in late and was really sweaty. he had just ridden his bike to work. he was sorry he was late. he was super nice and his questions were easy. the next person was a little tougher; she had been with sun microsystems for several years and was in charge of their warehouse and distribution side. she asked some tough questions, was very open about her frustrations with google, but ended up very nice to me.
day 2, 7 interviews
all in all, the experience was okay. there is certainly more hype about google than i believe it really merits. true, they hire sharp — really sharp people; i felt a lot of energy and could see the innovation happening there. but, the people i interviewed with didn’t seem happy to me. they looked tired and grumpy. i didn’t get a feeling that google treats their people very well. i’m glad for my decision not to join google. but, i’ll always wish i had free reign on those odwalla drinks
Sounds like a nightmare and given the way people blather on about Google in the recruitosphere – it is not exactly the candidate experience I would have expected. Off the hiring topic, but another very interesting snippet from the post:
on the wall was a large flat monitor that showed, in real time, the current google searches. this was really amusing. i remember the following searches:
* size d bra
* how to make a bomb
* italian mob + hbo
* catholic anger
Ok – that’s really cool and a little scary. Very interesting read.