Well, that solves that

I got a very nice email from my recruiter in building 19 the other day which explained that I wasn’t a good fit for the job they had at hand, and that I wouldn’t be made an offer. This kinda defused the need for me to make a decision about whether I was willing to move to the US, and whether I wanted to work for Microsoft or not.

Having never interviewed with an American firm before, I’m not really sure if “not a good fit” means:

  • Too stupid
  • Too weird
  • Something else sinister
  • …or not a good fit

I know I wasn’t too expensive, because we never discussed money. Anyways, I’ve taken some time to put this up here because my own big purchase from the US was the flu, and I’m still playing with that and getting to know the full joy of ownership. When I’m feeling better I’ll comment more. One aspect I think needs some commentary is that having read How would you move Mt Fuji? just after the interview, I think there were some fairly major difference between what the book discussed and reality.

Am I disappointed? Not really. As I said before, I wasn’t even sure if I wanted to move to the US at the moment. I guess I’ll decide that one when an opportunity comes up…

One last point. I wonder if the 5,000 vacant positions that Robert Scoble talks about are because Microsoft is incapable of recruiting anyone because of their process, or because there aren’t enough skilled people. I guess Microsoft will never tell me what skills I lacked, so I’ll never really be able to comment.

[tags: microsoft travel seattle scoble]