Last week Saturday [26/03/2005] was an UNFORGETTABLE, :) experience in my life. I have been called for a Final round interview at Google India Hyderabad, along with Veer Ganesh, Haroon Imran, Kumar Deepam, Jayashree Ramasubramaniam, Arjun Rajagopalan, Faheem Anaikar, out of 16,000 + people who has applied for the job [numbers as given by Mr. Akshay, HR hey, that’s great na?:)]. It was my first experience to take up a flight to Hyderabad. When we landed their 3 cabs were waiting for us to pick up to the Hi-tech City, the land where Google resides. It took some 20 – 25 minutes to reach the place. The Whole building is really amazing transparent art of work.
When we got their Mr. Ramsey and Mr. Akshay welcomed us with warm wishes. Mr. David took us to all the places at Google, Each room was named based on important landmarks of India, like the Taj Mahal - the conference room, Gateway of India, etc. He also showed us the very BIG server room, which was installed by him, which also has a real-time query window, which shows the current queries all over the world. It’s really amazing to look at what people are search all over the world in various languages.
Few things, which I love there most:
1. All the people out their, I have learned a lot from them
2. Real Time Query window, which show the current search queries
3. Big Data Server room
4. Lava Lamps
5. Google Help Desk Mouse pads [ya, I liked them too :)]
6. Big Colorful Balls and Balloons everywhere
7. Body Massager
8. Every ones cabin was filled with toys, think this is what people call freedom and fun at work :)
9. Lots of chocolates, cookies, colas, coffee, sodas everywhere to keep us coooooool
The Lunch was very Tasty hmmhmm :) , we ended with a gulab jamun and the Lunch room too has a projector and white board. Every one of us received a Google T-Shirts [white] and Google Pen, which I will keep it as a precious and proud gift in my collections :).
And coming to the real action, I had a 3 round interview with Mr. Ramsey and back to back with Mr. Roy Gilbert – Head of Online Sales & Operations Google India, Mr. Thomas: took us the personal round and Mr. David and Mr. Mark took us the Technical interview [sorry I can’t blog much about that, as blogging about that is not allowed]. Actually I took the documentations of my Google Kids search prototype, but I couldn’t talk about them :( , as I don’t know to whom I have to discuss about that! :(.
I have never dreamed in my life, that I will be meeting the people, who are behind the wonderful Google technology. Now I have understood CLEARLY Why Google is the Number One technology and about the people who make it happen. I must have bought a camera to capture them live and direct, but I have captured each and every moment of the real action in my mind, which will stay evergreen and eternal through out my life :).
I take this moment to extend my BIG Hearty thanks to the Mr. Akshay, Mr. Ramsey, Mr. Roy Gilbert, Mr. Thomas, Mr. David, Mr. Mark the BIG heads of Google India and to the two security’s who helped us in the lift and the cab drivers who safely picked from and dropped us to the Airport. Thank you Guys!! :)
Please Note: You can read the follow-up of this post - Google Kids, my Google Search engine prototype specially for kids created to demonstrating during my Google India interview. more about it »
Thank you and My Love to Google :)