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One year at Google (this time for real)

Now that I told the story of my hiring process, I can finally talk about what I've been doing in my 12 months at Google.

My official role is Developer Programs Engineer for Google Apps APIs and the Google Apps Marketplace but let's start from the beginning...

I spent the first four weeks in Mountain View for training and to meet my team, or at least part of it, as we also have members all over the world, from New York to Zurich, from Hyderabad to Sydney. As expected, I felt like drinking from the firehose with lots of new things and technologies to learn and I was totally overwhelmed at the end of the month when I went to Google I/O, for the first time and as a Googler!

I moved to London right after Google I/O and the first challenge was to find a place to stay. The company helped me and eventually I found a nice small apartment one train stop away from the office, very convenient and very expensive!

I was settled so I had more time to spend on my job and start my first 20% project, something I was looking forward to do since I joined Google. My project was to extend the open-source library called JetS3t to natively support Google Storage for Developers, which was announced only a few weeks earlier at Google I/O.

That was my first 20% project, my main job was (and still is) to empower developers that want to use the Google Apps APIs. In order to do so, I write code for the client libraries in many languages, interact with the community on forums, support customers with their coding questions or present at public event on Google technologies.

In September I went to Madrid to present at the DevFest, then in October I did the same in Munich, Moscow and Prague for the Google Developer Days and at the end of November I presented at the Dublin GTUG.

While not flying around to meet external developers, I was spending more and more time coding and I eventually found myself leading the Google API Client Library for .NET project (yes, we do .NET development at Google!).

Another coding project I worked on before Christmas is the Google Developer Advocate Team Page, which I recently analyzed in another blog post.

Fast forward to the new year, which started with two trips to Mountain View to meet my team and plan the new activities, including the super-secret projects you are hoping to read about and that I'm not going to disclose! ;)

What's next? Google I/O and the BootCamp!

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One year at Google (or how I was hired)

Exactly one year ago I started working for Google so it's about time to look back at how this new life has been doing so far.

I came to Google after a very long hiring process. It's not usually like that, but it took 11 months for me to get from the first contact with the recruiter to the job offer.

Everything started on June 2009, when a Google recruiter saw my submission on the job site and sent me an email offering to schedule the first of a series of phone interviews for a Developer Programs Engineer position in Mountain View.

In my opinion, the phone interview went terribly bad, but apparently the interviewer disagreed with me and I was asked to setup a second phone interview with another Googler. I did that at the beginning of July and this time I was quite positive about the results.

And I was right, everything was going well and I was invited to fly to a Google office for the onsite interviews.
Actually, I thought everything was going well, but instead something went wrong. The position was filled by someone else and there was no open headcount for me so I had to wait and wait and wait...

I was on hold till December 2009, when the recruiter finally contacted me again for a new opportunity for the same position in London or Dublin. My preference was still for Mountain View, but you don't say no to Google, do you?

This time things moved faster and I went to Dublin for the onsite interviews right after Christmas, only to find one of the coldest winters in ages and have 3 out of my 4 flights cancelled due to the snow. I eventually made it to Dublin and went through 7 interviews, from 11.30am to 5.30pm!

I went back home tired but enthusiastic and I kept my fingers crossed for days, waiting for the response from the hiring committee. It took less than I was expecting to get the answer, and I'm here now, so you may easily guess what that answer was like ;-)

Well, I guess I'll talk about my first year at Google in the next post...