The Google Interview
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