Before joining Astrails a couple of weeks ago, I tried to apply to Google.
And….I’m not good enough to work as a test engineer at google. No, they did not ask about my book.
“Hi Roy Osherove,
It was a pleasure speaking with you on the phone about the Test Engineer - Haifa or Tel Aviv position. Thank you for your time and interest in Google. We carefully reviewed your background and experience, and though we do not have a position that is a strong match with your qualifications at this time, we will be keeping your resume active in our system. We will continue to use our database to match your profile with new opportunities and will reach out to you if we find an opening for which you may be qualified.
Thanks again for your interest in Google’s careers and unique culture; we hope you will remain enthusiastic about our company. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at..”
I actually had three different phone interviews there. all failed because of my (obviously lacking) knowledge of implementing binary searches.
So anyway - if you wanna work there, it doesn’t matter what you’ve done, or accomplished, or how you work with people, or how creative you are. If you know binary searches, you’re in.