Interviewing at Apple, Again

July 10, 2005



Job Interview cartoonSo I’m flying up to Portland tomorrow for a second-round interview with Apple. We had to reassure the children that we are not moving! The group is up there but the position is down here.

This is quite a different experience from my previous interviews: this time, I already have a good job. So if I am not a fit for them or they for me, it is no big deal. There is no pressure.

Meanwhile at Adobe, I am enjoying my work immensely. I have discovered the joys of generic programming in C++, have attended classes by Alexandrescu and Stepanov, and have begun contributing to opensource.adobe.com.

But I would like to get out of contracting and back into a full-time position. Contracting has helped me learn better work habits: I am forbidden from working more than 40 hours a week (because it would mess up the budget)! It has taught me to make those 40 hours count; I concentrate fully on my work each day, then leave.

But the benefits suck.



Jon Reid

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As an American missionary kid who grew up in Japan, I'm a child of two cultures, while not fully belonging to either. This gives me a sightly different view of the world.

6 responses to Interviewing at Apple, Again

  1. portland is a beautiful city. my favorite on earth.

  2. Jon,
    Blessings to you for your trip… your cartoon for the entry is hilarious!
    Greg

  3. It’s nice that the pressure is off. Anyways, I hope you get it! And enjoy Portland.

  4. The Portland area certainly is attractive — but I ain’t movin’.
    I think this interview was one of the best I have ever done. A big factor that helped: my current job. When I was out of work for 17 months, it was difficult to jump back into programming questions. I feel so much sharper this time, and confident that if they turn me down, I will not have trouble landing something else.

  5. Wow. Cool. Keep us updated. Nice to see some posts again. 🙂

  6. If you want a job working in a model-driven architecture (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Model_Driven_Architecture) paradigm let me know. Its way cooler than C++ since design == implementation.
    Oh and, hope you get a job with Apple since they rock.