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The interviewer from the big G never called me. I waited an hour. That's all I can do. I can only make myself available to the company; I can't make the company contact me. No one can accuse me of not trying.

I've read examples of this sort of thing happening. There was a guy whose interviewer was late, and when he finally called, said he only had a few minutes to interview him. He wanted to know what the candidate thought the company's problems were, but argued with him when he gave his responses. The candidate had, as one might expect, reservations about expressing objections about how G does business, not being an employee yet and wanting to come off as a team player. If/when something like this happens to me, I'll probably say the most serious issue at the moment seems to be communication with the public. People like the technology, but are concerned about issues such as privacy and censorship. But when G has been contacted about such issues, no one is available for comment. Sometimes press releases, announcements, or blog posts are made in response, but there is a feeling of unease with regards to the timeliness and quality of the responses.

Oh well. As the date of my trip gets closer, I won't have as much time to focus/concentrate on an interview. This afternoon was perhaps the best opportunity for something to happen. It didn't, and it's not my fault.



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Jun. 23rd, 2007 12:32 am (UTC)
Have I asked you about the sort of programming you do?

We've got several openings at lynuxworks. http://lnxw.com

My email there is lcolen
Jun. 23rd, 2007 01:09 am (UTC)
Thanks. I took a look at the job postings. Almost all of them require considerable real-time programming experience. I only have a little, and it was almost 20 years ago. I haven't done any since, not for lack of trying; the jobs I had did not require it, and I wasn't able to find jobs that did.

I did do protocol development, but it was primarily in L3-L7, with some ethernet thrown in about 15 years ago. I haven't had a job in 16 months. My most recent gig was a temp job where I did QA for DNS servers and management UIs. I did a number of things at AltaVista, but most of what I did concerned analyzing the frontend web server traffic logs, which is where the click fraud issue came up that I have written about. Unfortunately, I didn't have a chance to do really high-level software development while at AV, especially in the last four years, which has added to the difficulty of finding a job.

To anyone who might know of an opportunity, I think I can do well in an organization that is run like my chorus, as I described earlier. I want to find a place to work where I can be happy and successful; can have peer-level respect and recognition; and management and customers get what they need.
Jun. 25th, 2007 12:49 pm (UTC)
Not showing up to the interview is pretty rude -- enough that it makes me wonder if there was some sort of miscommunication about date, or the interviewer had a wrong number, or something. At least I didn't think Google was so obnoxious! You might want to drop a note (or call) to the person who set it up to ask what happened.
Jun. 25th, 2007 10:03 pm (UTC)
I actually did send a note on Friday asking that the interview be rescheduled. I just heard back from the contact; it's been rescheduled for Wednesday. So, we'll see what happens.

Apparently, this sort of thing is happening fairly often, at least for some candidates.
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