Take the chance? Received "Greetings from Google" email

Microsoft hool
Nov 27, 2018 17 Comments

Received a "Greetings from Google" email earlier today. A recruiter reached out to me proposing to talk about potential opportunities at Google. I have 1 yr of engineering experience at Microsoft and have been thinking about changing a job (for better compensation, career growth etc.), however I do not feel being very well prepared at the time. (Didn't do leetcode/codeforces the last half year, workload has been high recently due to oncall, H1B approval is pending, etc.)
Questions:
1.Did you receive similar emails? If so, how did it evolve / end up with? How did they find you (for me, I guess it's probably interviewed with Google or from my LinkedIn page)
2. Is this generally a great chance? (compared to friends referral, apply on their website directly, which I can do later per my own timeline) Does the email mean they are in good demand of engineers?
3. How should I respond to the email? To actively follow up and try to get a job interview, or to simply say "sorry next time"? Will there be any consequences then (e.g. if I turn them down this time)
Sincerely asking, thanks for any answers / experience sharing.

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  • Amazon / Eng sde3
    Wow you think too much. They mass email every candidate every few months. You can reply or ignore that spam. Once you accept the interview, it's all about your performance in that interview.
    Nov 27, 2018 0
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    • Microsoft / Eng
      alex9537

      Microsoft Eng

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      alex9537more
      Yes they will. The hr reached me in February and I told her I will be available in September. She contacted me again in September and started the process, skipped phone screen and went onsite directly.
      Nov 27, 2018
    • New / Eng NooglerJoy
      Yes, tell the recruiter that now isn’t a good time, but that you might be interested in the future. They will almost certainly keep checking back in with you every few months like others have said. I had G contacting me every couple of months for a year before I finally agreed to interview.
      Nov 27, 2018
    • New / Eng NooglerJoy
      Also, I agree that your chances of getting an offer are likely higher if they reach out to you rather than vice versa.
      Nov 27, 2018
    • Microsoft hool
      OP
      Thanks @NooglerJoy. Your response is really helpful to me.
      Nov 27, 2018
    • New / Eng NooglerJoy
      You’re welcome. Anytime. Best wishes!
      Nov 27, 2018
  • Microsoft Blimpz
    I was in a similar situation and asked the Google recruiter for time to prep. She arranged an interview prep call for me with a manager and he gave a bunch of tips on how to prepare. After the interview was scheduled I had to reschedule asking for more time to prep as I did not feel ready. I’m super impressed by the Google recruiter, they really did everything to help me get ready. So, you don’t have to really worry about anything, just respond honestly with what you want to do.
    Nov 27, 2018 0
  • Akamai Technologies yutr
    Is the H1B approved?
    Nov 27, 2018 3
    • Microsoft hool
      OP
      Not yet. Received H1B receipt number wacxxxxx but haven't received any update from USCIS since then. Immigration team explained that it was due to premium processing was canceled and about 30% of employees were affected.
      Nov 27, 2018
    • Randstad / Ops
      irecruit

      Randstad Ops

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      irecruitmore
      Did Microsoft directly file for your h1b?
      Nov 27, 2018
    • Microsoft hool
      OP
      Yes. I initially received a US offer from them at HQ, but failed at the first H1B lottery attempt. I do not have a US degree so they put me on a 18-months rotational program in Canada. Every year they sponsor you into the H1B program until you get one.
      Nov 27, 2018
  • Amazon / Eng sde3
    Apparently OP only wants to hear that he/she has a better chance.
    Nov 28, 2018 0
  • 1. Yes all the time.
    2. No they're just doing their job.
    3. Don't bother if you're not ready. You'll get more of these emails.
    Nov 27, 2018 0
  • Randstad / Ops
    irecruit

    Randstad Ops

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    Do NOT make a change unless the H1b is approved (which if you're not working on it yet you are probably answering an rfe), OR you have EAD time remaining and are willing to enter the lottery again with Google as your new employer.
    Nov 27, 2018 0