Remember Matthew Epstein, the guy that wanted to work at Google so badly that he created an interesting campaign in order to get the search and advertising giant’s attention? Well he did get their attention, partly because we urged Google to hire Epstein as fast as human-resourcesly possible.
That said, at some point the company apparently lost interest in communicating with Epstein.
In an update posted to his blog this morning, Mr. Moustache says he has landed his ‘dream’ job – but not at Google.
Well mustachios, three weeks and nearly half-a-million YouTube views later my quest to land my dream job has finally come to an end. In the past three weeks I’ve interviewed with many of the major tech companies in New York, Seattle and San Francisco. It’s been an incredible ride and an extremely humbling one to say the least. I received offers, rejections and everything in-between but in the end I was fortunate enough to have been given an offer that would allow me to fulfill my dream job.
That offer came from a young San Francisco company called SigFig, and Epstein says he “turned down two household-name tech companies” to join the startup, which hasn’t yet publicly released its product but apparently aims to “bring transparency to the investment world”.
So what about Google? Epstein does his best to not paint Google in a bad light whatsoever, but the way the company acted as described below does seem kind of peculiar:
No, Google didn’t hire me nor did they extend an offer to me. That’s right ladies and gentleman – the big G turned me down. Why you ask? I’ve thought a lot about it and in all honesty I don’t know why. Unfortunately Google didn’t tell me why I didn’t receive the job but in in their defense withholding that type of information is a pretty standard HR practice amongst large corporations.
Maybe it was my personality? Maybe it was my GPA? Maybe I answered a question wrong? Maybe I presented an incorrect solution to a theoretical problem? Maybe I didn’t do enough to verbalize my thought process? Maybe I posted something on my blog they didn’t like?
From day one of my campaign I told you all I wasn’t entitled to a job at Google just because I dug into my savings and created a campaign for them. At the end of the day they judged me on the same criteria they judge every other candidate on and I didn’t meet those criteria – plain and simple. Regardless of the reasoning behind Google’s decision, I fully respect their choice and think no less of them. Google has great people and great products. Everyone at Google was nothing but kind to me – from the employees that e-mailed me with good luck wishes to the recruiters that made me sweat during my interviews.
Yesterday was Epstein’s first day at SigFig. The moustache is gone. My spider senses appear to be worthless. More details and stats right here.
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