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Job opening in NYC

My employer (Google) has openings for people that are experts in Google Docs who want to do customer support. It is an entry-level position requiring good people and technical skills, but not a system administration position.

Email me at tal at what exit dot org if you want more info.

Tom

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I sort of wish there were some room for nepotism inside google. I know so many folks there, but they totally dissed me on the interview.

Grr.

Yes, the process really does eliminate nepotism. Good for business, bad for me.

If you were dissed, you should re-appy after 6 months. They skills we are looking for change, people's skillsets evolve, etc. You never know!

Tom

My issue is that it also eliminates round evaluation of someone. "Put them in front of a couple techies and tell the interviewee to write a shell script in his head" - Okay, that's fine - but I was interviewing for a senior sysadmin / project lead. Because these techs didn't realize that they were interviewing for the wrong skill set, I got shitcanned.

Yeah, I'm a little bitter. I also don't see Google as changing any of that behaviour. Prove to me that the next time I go in for an interview, I'l be interviewed by people who actually know how to interview someone, then I'll consider it.

A couple gum-popping nerds with no project skill? Forget about it.

Unfortunately it also makes it very difficult to know *why* they've turned you down. I can take some wild guesses, but am reliably informed that it could be anything from simply having already had enough suitable people's packets show up that week to someone on the committee not having had their coffee.

Or because one is genuinely not up to scratch, but they won't *tell* you that.

I am in no sense bitter, just a little peeved that I have no idea why my application didn't get past the on-site. Because if I knew what the problem was I could spend some time concentrating on improving that part of my skillset! I really liked what I saw, for a sysadmin a Google SRE gig looks about as good as you can get.

If they had an Australian office anywhere *but* Sydney I'd be all over re-applying (although I doubt I'll get another free holiday half way across the planet).

There's a lot of lovely places on this planet but Sydney sure isn't one of them (ok, to be fair I'm a Melbournian so it's kinda required), and although I love to travel and even spend a few months at a stretch away, I still like Australia too much to really move.

If I recall, we have offices outside of Sydney.... have you considered a fulfilling career in sales? :-)

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