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2004-09-10 22:41:49.030739+00 by Dan Lyke 3 comments

I just completed the first real job interview process I've ever been through, and I feel like layers of... something have been flayed away. I've learned a lot about myself in the past five and a half hours, hopefully what they've learned inclines them to have me join them, because Amazon sounds like one heck of a place to work, with some really fascinating and exciting problems, and a structure that's oriented towards some really effective development strategy.

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#Comment Re: made: 2004-09-11 02:10:58.214993+00 by: meuon

Coming from you, that is high praise.

#Comment Re: made: 2004-09-12 20:18:05.971384+00 by: Dan Lyke

Well, despite my experience there and the comments from another reader who works down at A9, I got an anonymized email this morning from someone who presented the other side. If said anonymous person wants to contact me again through the same or a similar channel (it appears to be one-way) with permission to put up excerpts from the email (and although that person seems to have been fairly careful to avoid specifics, obviously my excerpting would also try to protect any clues which might reveal identity), I'd appreciate it. Given the differences I've seen in other companies I could very well believe that there are differences in the ways that different people respond to a given situation, and some might thrive in places where others feel stifled.

What I don't know is how to tell one from the other in any way other than a "gut feel". In the light of a good night's sleep, I'm also starting to wonder a bit about the interview process; it showed me a lot about myself, but I'd like to see how that information gets interpreted. I guess if I take the job I'll see how it works from the other side!

#Comment Re: made: 2004-09-13 03:08:29.57136+00 by: meuon

And please weight that against the knowledge that what YOU make of your relationship with ANY employer is what is important.