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With Low Expectations, Pleasant Surprises are Possible 
5th-Nov-2009 01:06 pm
Vigelandsparken heels over head
I've felt down or blue a lot in the past few days. At first, it was probably from eating milk chocolate fun size candy bars, but there was also a fair bit of self--doubt and existential moroseness. Thinking it through, I figured I'd internalized my perceived outside chance at getting hired by Google. Consciously, I knew my good answers were more frequent than even hits by guys in the World Series, but I had lots of time to think through all the little mistakes I made and things I said that, when written down without the full context of the moment, sound pretty dumb. I even had a dream in which I got a call with my recruiter and I asked for a list of reasons my points got docked.

So fully expecting I wouldn't get hired, but knowing that it wasn't a certain fate, I answered the phone this morning. I was pleasantly surprised elated to hear that the hiring committee was impressed and thinks I should be Google's next employee. As Neo said... Whoa.

There's still some paperwork and reference checking (but no pointer arithmetic) to do, so it'll be a week and change before I get an official offer, but I have now officially reached the easy part.

I could ask to be part of the Mountain View office, but I think it will be easier to start in Boulder with a closer group and a more familiar environment. If I decide later that California is the place to be, I can ask for a transfer. I'm sure I'll have a few chances to visit the fabled Googleplex in person regardless.

In summary: Yayberries!

Edit: I think the self-doubt I had is tied to doing consistently A minus work. My GPA was 3.8. My SAT and PSAT scores were high, but not high enough to qualify for merit scholarships or (probably) to get into top technical schools. A lot of code I've written has been good, but far from perfect. I spend time doing well-rounded things rather than being driven to near-perfection on a narrow band. While I'm generally happy, there's often a nagging sense that I could be top caliber, but I'm not quite. But since I'm clearly well above average, I'm not satisfied doing solid B work or being the big fish in a small pond. So the call I got this morning is a vote of confidence that I can be a growing fish in a big pond of excellence.
Comments 
5th-Nov-2009 08:28 pm (UTC)
Congratulations!
5th-Nov-2009 08:36 pm (UTC)
Go you, that's awesome!

Congratulations!
5th-Nov-2009 10:43 pm (UTC)
As someone who was one of two National Merit Scholarship Semi-Finalists at Boulder High, let me assure you that ACT scores are lousy predictors of life success. :P
5th-Nov-2009 10:43 pm (UTC)
And congrats!
5th-Nov-2009 10:51 pm (UTC)
> I'm not satisfied doing solid B work or being the big fish in a small pond. So the call I got this morning is a vote of confidence that I can be a growing fish in a big pond of excellence.

I've always felt this way, too. It sucks being the smartest guy in the room. You never learn anything. Far better to be a medium sized fish in a medium sized pond, among people of equal skill. It's more fun and you learn more.
5th-Nov-2009 11:01 pm (UTC)
W00t! Knew you could do it.
5th-Nov-2009 11:46 pm (UTC) - Wootleberries!
Kongratulatory Kisses! I can't wait for your workventure stories and one day that heart-palpating notice that you are moving to the Bay Area to come throttle me at Set. Um, I still have your Set set, by and by, want it back?
6th-Nov-2009 12:29 am (UTC)
Great to hear! Congrats and best of luck.
6th-Nov-2009 12:35 am (UTC)
That's awesome!

Great googly-moogly, you get to work for Google. Something few people get to do and many are jealous about.

-DL-
6th-Nov-2009 02:08 am (UTC)
yay!!

I think the narrow-band type people end up going crazy. New-age companies realize that. Congo rats!
6th-Nov-2009 02:33 am (UTC)
Googly Googly Congratulations!
6th-Nov-2009 03:01 am (UTC)
Woooo!
6th-Nov-2009 04:56 am (UTC)
Congooglations!
6th-Nov-2009 01:07 pm (UTC)
Congratulations!
7th-Nov-2009 06:27 am (UTC)
Wowza, that's super uber! Congrats!
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