Should I redo my Google interview?
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.