I have to say that I was floored, surprised, and proud that Google wanted to interview me. I got the following email on Monday evening.
I am “some person” and I work with the web applications engineering team at Google. The purpose of this email is to inform you that I am involved in driving a key initiative for Google in the web applications space which is rather urgent. Your name has come to my attention as someone who would be a great person to network with due to your expertise and experience in the field.
When you have 5 minutes please do give me a call at 650 253 XXXX or send me an email at email@example.com
I look forward to hearing from you
Google – Staffing
Web Applications engineering
I’m not sure how they came across my name, but it’s cool that they got it. I replied to this email on Tuesday morning. I played phone tag with the person a couple times Tuesday afternoon. Then we spoke for about 30 minutes later Tuesday afternoon and left the conversation at me needing to get her a resume and she would schedule a technical interview.
I talked it over with my wife and we wouldn’t want to move out to California. We’d miss our family, and the cost of living would be too hard to adjust to. So not wanting to waste precious “Google Time” I replied to the lady with a, “Thanks, but no thanks.” I’m not saying I’d make it past even the first round of interviews. But, if I don’t want to leave where I’m at it really doesn’t make sense to waste both our times.
Still, I felt pretty dang good getting that email. Don’t think I won’t print that one out and stick it on the fridge. 🙂