So after a number of emails were exchanged back and forth, setting the date/time for the over-the-phone interview was done. Date was 6th July, time was 1pm BST, British Summer Time. Translated to 3pm local time. I had been advised to get a stable internet connection because I could be asked to write code real-time onto a shared google doc.
I did the interview @mlabeastafrica, using the meeting room. I have to thank @mtotowajirani and @jessicacolaco whom I displaced during the duration of the interview. Also @gmeltdown, the mlab manager.
Using an ethernet cable I borrowed from @mmuendo, I plugged into the network, closed all other windows apart from the ones I required on my laptop and opened the blank shared document. I had my Ideos nearby for back-up internet in case the internet went down for some reason.
About 4 minutes past 3pm, the phone rang. I was using the Nokia X2-01, earphones plugged in so I could be hands free.
Having googled ‘Google Interviews’ and got these two interesting insights (Steve Yegge’s blog and this blog), I was ready for the call. It lasted about an hour and I’m sure you are curious what was asked, just in case you are called someday.
I’m sorry, having researched a bit, I have realized it is better not to divulge interview questions. This would mean the interviewer will have to come up with a new set of questions for future interviewees and they want to get a feel of how candidates perform with the current questions before moving onto the next set of questions.
We said our goodbyes and he told me to expect a response in 3-5 days.
On Monday 11th, I got an email telling me they are progressing with the next step, which is another phone interview in a similar format to the first one. So my next interview is on July 18th.