A manager at Google noticed some of my online work and had a recruiter contact me to apply for the position of Content & Website Specialist at the People Technology & Operations Division. I’d be building site for internal use by employees on subjects like HR and other personnel policies. (Google, as you might imagine, has thousands of people who can build websites, but they all want to work on the cutting edge stuff, not some internal admin-info site.)
I put together this quick website as an example of “presenting information clearly online” and evidently made an impression. The management team had never had an applicant build a sample website before to demonstrate that he was qualified for the job.
Here’s what I said in the website sidebar:
Why are we here, at THIS website?
- A manager at Google saw some of my work online and asked a staff recruiter to contact me regarding a job opening for a “content and website specialist.”
- The position requires outstanding analytic and writing skills combined with the ability to present information clearly online.
- What better way to demonstrate my suitability for the job at hand, than to create a well organized and easy to navigate website that presents my information clearly online?
- On this “PTO application” website you will find my resume, a categorized assortment of my writing samples, and a selection of websites and related online presentations that I have designed.
The team members liked the site and the offhand tone of my “About Ned” page, where I made comments like, “Next, if it’s not already abundantly clear, I’m exceedingly bright and often irreverent.”
I had eight interviews. At my technical/coding proficiency interview, the young woman (everyone was half my age, or less) interviewing me said I’d “answered like a rock star.” However, I somewhat flubbed the infamous Google “brain teaser” question and maybe that’s why, a month later, I was told that a “budgetary adjustment” had put the position on indefinite hold.