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

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!

  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 ( paradigm let me know. Its way cooler than C++ since design == implementation.
    Oh and, hope you get a job with Apple since they rock.