Should I redo my Google interview?

Dec 17, 2019 17 Comments


I currently work at a startup and I make $400k in straight up cash a year (no RSUs etc ). My startup is doing really well and on track to get to $100M in revenue in the next 2 years.

I chat with the CTO/COO/CEO on a regular basis and everyone knows each other fairly well.

I run a team of around 20 and I like the culture and the team I built up. The work i do is interesting as well.

For the heck of it - i decided to interview at Google and i did my best to prepare which meant long hours and burning the midnight oil.

I had a 3 round interview and the first two went really well. The moment the last guy came on - i knew he was in no mood to tolerate me and the interview was a disaster.

Sure enough - feedback from the Recruiter is that i killed the first two and i didn’t do well on the last one which means they want me to reinterview.

Now I’m thinking - geez this is some beauracratic shit - I mean if i want to hire someone for my team - I just say i want to hire and it doesnt go through any sort of committee.

I also came across this quote and it resonated with me:
“We tend to massively underestimate the compounding returns of intelligence. As humans, we need to solve big problems. If you graduate Stanford at 22 and Google recruits you, you’ll work a 9-to-5. It’s probably more like an 11-to-3 in terms of hard work. They’ll pay well. It’s relaxing. But what they are actually doing is paying you to accept a much lower intellectual growth rate. When you recognize that intelligence is compounding, the cost of that missing long-term compounding is enormous. They’re not giving you the best opportunity of your life. Then a scary thing can happen: You might realize one day that you’ve lost your competitive edge. You won’t be the best anymore. You won’t be able to fall in love with new stuff. Things are cushy where you are. You get complacent and stall. So, run your prospective engineering hires through that narrative. Then show them the alternative: working at your startup.”

So anyway long story short - they want me to interview again sometime next year and I’m debating on whether to go back since i want to enjoy my Xmas break in peace and don’t want to have to worry about reinterviewing.


Thoughts/Comments welcome.


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TOP 17 Comments
  • Cisco
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    🦙 Alpacamore
    Your job sounds more fun than working at Google at any M level
    Dec 17, 2019 0
  • PwC WAvsMN
    Who wrote that quote lol.

    “You won’t be the best anymore” - unless you already are the best, you’re not gonna just become the best any time soon (or even in this lifetime). Misleading sentence.

    “Things are cushy where you are”- this is a positive sentence

    “You won’t be able to fall in love with new stuff” - makes no sense

    “You get complacent and stall” - Incomplete sentence. Complacency and stalling are terrible things! But complete the sentence, what are you getting complacent with, and what are you stalling? Are you complacent with a comfortable and lucrative 9-5 life and stalling the hustle life of a 20 hour workday? That sounds like a win imo.

    Idk man you do you.. but sometimes people write quotes like these without really processing what they are saying. Sounds cool at first read but it’s garbage upon dissection.
    Dec 17, 2019 3
    • PwC WAvsMN
      Do you actually work at Facebook?
      Dec 17, 2019
    • Facebook sih
      Yes, but I'm leaving for a startup in less than a month.
      Dec 17, 2019
  • Oracle / Eng vAPF84
    Since when does Google need only 3 need interviews.
    Dec 17, 2019 0
  • Apptio cloudwind
    Your startup can be IPOed in 2 years, you can retire ,then why go to Google.
    Dec 17, 2019 3
    • PayPal pyapal
      They didn’t say they get no RSUs.
      Dec 17, 2019
    • Slalom Consulting neophyte87
      They did say no RSUs
      Dec 17, 2019
  • Bloomberg hvf37d
    Capital One?🙄
    Dec 17, 2019 1
    • Capital One UnicornKid
      No that was my employer many many moons ago
      Dec 17, 2019
  • What level? I had 3 extra interviews on phone nbd
    Dec 17, 2019 0
  • SoftBank swe666
    Dec 17, 2019 0
  • Facebook sih
    Don't bother imo, your quote is pretty accurate
    Dec 17, 2019 0
  • Amazon vbcC25
    Get the offer as leverage for negotiating rsu at your start up then stay put until IPO
    Dec 30, 2019 0
  • AT&T MsdR32
    Why not? You might as well interview. If you get an offer it's good for a year so you can take your time making a decision.

    An interview costs you some time to prep, and a day off work, but overall it's not that much of a burden.

    As your career growth, I disagree with that statement. If you are hungry Google has a lot of things that need to be done where you can impact a lot. It will almost assuredly require a bit more bureaucracy to make big changes, bit that's in the nature of a large global user base.

    At Google you have a lot of opportunities, even if many people dont take full advantage.
    Dec 17, 2019 0


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