Well, it turns out I had just one interview. The recruiter said the hiring committee wanted to make sure I was still up to snuff — that’s the good news. The bad news is I overheard him tell the interviewer, “But that doesn’t mean you should go easy on him.” I started out OK on the coding problem but started going down a wrong trail. After a while, the interviewer asked me to stop, work on it at home, and email my solution to him — which is not that great. On the other hand, it was easy to solve at home and I could see my initial attempt wasn’t that bad.
So we’ll see. I won’t hear anything until folks get back to work, sometime after January 5th. For now, I feel I have earned a break from my work (finding a new job) and am kicking back.
Did you notice I said “hiring committee”? At Google, it looks like interviewers submit a form detailing their experiences and observations of the interview. This form goes to a committee which makes the hire/no-hire decision. I’ve never heard of any other tech company doing this; it’s an indication of how Google likes to rethink the way things are done, which I like.
Being unemployed can make for a stressful Christmas. I think it contributed to the lack of enthusiasm in putting up decorations. We didn’t even find our personalized stockings — hopefully they’re still up in the attic. We did manage to get the tree up, though, and it should be a really fun time.
So Merry Christmas! As we look back to the First Coming, let us also look forward to the Return of the King.