The Google Interview

4:00 PM -- I've disparaged the Google Life before, and I meant what I said. But it's hard not to get caught up in the enthusiasm when you meet someone who's actually applying there.

One guy who shared my plane flight home from NXTcomm recently completed a PhD in geology, of all things, and was being flown to Mountain View for a job interview with Google Maps. And he was pretty excited.

The interview was scheduled for five-and-a-half hours on a Friday. But rather than ship the candidate back to the Midwest, Google opted to pay for a weekend stay, encouraging him to explore (and hopefully fall in love with) The Valley. They paid for car and hotel and some food; Google inexplicably skimped on his per diem, at just $35.

Sounds as if Google was already interested in the guy. One thing, though -- being from the Midwest, he's totally unprepared for Silicon Valley housing prices. He's done with school and wants to own a place, and he didn't like hearing about $400,000 townhouses.

Can't imagine him turning the job down, though. Who would have thought geology could take you such places?

— Craig Matsumoto, West Coast Editor, Light Reading

sfwriter 12/5/2012 | 3:05:55 PM
re: The Google Interview re: "Isn't that kind of like the schoolbus in high school?"

Only the buses at my high school didn't have wi-fi.
Pete Baldwin 12/5/2012 | 3:05:55 PM
re: The Google Interview It's based on a price I'd seen a couple years ago, and I did round down -- so yes, i may have lowballed that. (Also, I'm talking about the older neighborhoods around San Jose, not the new cookie-cutter developments.)

This guy was also saying he loves to ride his bike to work. Heck, that might be possible ... might be a long ride, depending on what vacancy rates are like, but Google must have showers and locker rooms, right?
Scott Raynovich 12/5/2012 | 3:05:55 PM
re: The Google Interview $400K for a Townhouse in Silicon Valley? That sounds cheap, even without an exploding adjustable mortgage. You sure about that?

A studio in Manhattan is $500K.

The funniest thing about "Google Excitement" is when they Googlers are all agog about having a bus that takes them to work. "We have our own bus!" Oh boy -- hopping mass transit with your coworkers. Isn't that kind of like the schoolbus in high school?

chipsales 12/5/2012 | 3:05:54 PM
re: The Google Interview Your joking--right?

You find me a nice $400k 2 bedroom townhouse around the bay area and I'll buy 3. Then I'll turn around and sell them for a profit.

He be lucky to find a 1 bedroon condo for that price!
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