How I Got a Free Trip to Visit My Friends in California

February 13, 2007

Today has easily been one of the craziest days of my life. It started off with me getting stressed as I awaited my phone interview at VMware. I was nervous enough, but to make matters worse there was a scheduling mix-up. After waiting for 30 minutes, I finally contacted the hiring manager I’ve been in touch with over the last few days to find out what was going on. We got things straightened out and rescheduled my interview for later in the afternoon. It was just a simple mistake; no big deal.

Then I had my phone interview with Google. This went better than expected—of course I expected to embarrass myself miserably, so maybe that’s why. Either I was quite lucky with the questions they asked, or I know more than thought. Inevitably, after the interview I thought of an answer to a question that was better than the one I’d given—which was, “gee, uh, I really don’t know about that.” Rather than feeling optimistic about the whole thing, I chose to focus on the fact that I knew the answer to this question and just didn’t remember until after the fact. In spite of this, I was contacted just before my interview with VMware by Google:

The Web Applications Team would like to invite you to come to Google, Inc, Mountain View this Friday, 2/16/07 for Onsite Interviews.


Then my interview with VMware. This one was less terse and more fun than my interview with Google. The Google interview was basically me trying to demonstrate I wasn’t a complete idiot. The interview at VMware, however, was more of a conversation; and since it was for a team working on something I’m reasonably passionate about, it was a conversation I rather enjoyed. In fact, I’m afraid I kind of went on and on about some of the things that Phil asked me about and we began to run out of time. Even so I apparently made a good impression because at the end of the interview Phil said he was going to recommend that they continue to talk to me, he wasn’t sure whether it would be a second interview or whether they’d fly me out for an on-site, but he wanted to continue the interview process.


Later I received an e-mail and subsequently a call from the hiring manager at VMware to arrange an on-site interview.

Let me say that again: this afternoon I was asked to do on-site interviews with both Google and VMware.

The end result of all this nonsense is that I will (hopefully) be flying out to Mountain View California this Thursday to do an interview with Google on Friday and an interview with VMware on Tuesday. In the mean time, I’ll be hanging out with Micah, David, and Christian, I hope. Someone mentioned a Last Exile marathon in honor of the three-day weekend, which sounds like a lot of fun.




  1. > I was asked to do on-site interviews with both Google and VMware.

    This is obviously because you are awesome. I can’t wait to hang out with you again 🙂

  2. Woot! Go Evan!

  3. Congratulations!
    I just came across your blog, trying to see what to expect from a telephone interview. I don’t have much experience in interviews in general, and I’m nervous as hell, hoping I get this. Just having graduated and not having much experience, this could be a big break.

    With that said, my interview is later today. I hope things went well for you, and I hope things will be for me as well. VMware follows in Google’s footsteps and treats their employees like gold… you’d be happy in both companies. I suppose your only real problem is trying to choose later. 😉

    Gotta go read up on a few things. Best of luck to you.

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