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I just got a headhunting approach from Google - Her Most Regal Majesty, the Queen of Snark
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I just got a headhunting approach from Google
OK, considering that's the first time I've ever had anything like this happen, I'd have to say that that's a good start.

I checked it out with friends in low places, and it looks as though it was probably a legitimate approach, although I suspect more of the "we'd be interested in an application from you" than "sign up and the job's yours" kind. I'd have to say it's pretty flattering that someone at Google appears to think I'd be worth employing there.

Wrote back saying essentially thanks but I'm not looking to relocate. That'll doubtless be the last I hear of it.

Becuase I am a suspicious type it does occur to me that it's possibly just a random Google employee looking to earn themselves a recruitment bonus. Goddess knows how they found my CV - *I* wasn't even aware it was online. I must've put it up for private consumption once when doing one of my rewrites.
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uitlander From: uitlander Date: January 17th, 2007 05:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'd be flattered, albeit suspicious as well. They asked me to send them some work examples a year or so ago, but I decided to pass given their London location and the horrors of commuting.
karohemd From: karohemd Date: January 17th, 2007 05:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
As you've declined already, there isn't much point in mentioning that both wintrmute and envoy have been through the Google interviewing process (which apparently can consist of over 13 stages).

sesquipedality From: sesquipedality Date: January 17th, 2007 06:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, one never knows.
From: pir Date: January 17th, 2007 06:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
Google doesn't use recruiting agencies so have to get people somehow... so the process works on people who apply directly, people who are recommended by exising employees and Google-employed recruiters who go and look for people they think might be good to apply.

You got caught on the last category.
sesquipedality From: sesquipedality Date: January 17th, 2007 11:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ah. That makes a lot of sense. Google employ their own pimps. Weird. I guess they'd have to be called ringers rather than pimps then.
crazyscot From: crazyscot Date: January 17th, 2007 08:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
Lots of people get these. I might have been interested, had there been positions closer than London.
sesquipedality From: sesquipedality Date: January 17th, 2007 11:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
You mean I'm not special after all? *pout*

Ah well.
bellinghman From: bellinghman Date: January 17th, 2007 11:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
More special that me, it would seem. I must be the only IT person Colm Buckley knows whom he hasn't tried to employ.

Maybe I just look too settled (18.5 years and counting).
From: rmc28 Date: January 18th, 2007 08:59 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm not special either :) Though it's true my aptitudes don't mesh well with what Google seem to want - I'm not hardcore geeky enough for the technical staff and not (yet) experienced enough in management/business analysis for their positions on that side.

Anyway, I doubt Google would be anywhere near as family-supportive as the university is. fanf has been approached at least once, but even if he'd wanted to move, I would be very unhappy indeed at having him go to California for months without me and Charles. What I heard of Gabe's experience moving to Dublin put me right off the idea of being a Google wife.
mobbsy From: mobbsy Date: January 18th, 2007 10:53 am (UTC) (Link)
Goddess knows how they found my CV - *I* wasn't even aware it was online.

I suppose Google should be fairly good at finding stuff that's online.
sesquipedality From: sesquipedality Date: January 18th, 2007 01:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
*laugh* Fair point.
senji From: senji Date: January 23rd, 2007 05:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
I got an approach a while back from them, and verified with a couple of Google employees that I vaguely know that this style of thing is genuine. They didn't have any jobs in the London Office though, so I left it there.
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