30 Responses

  1. Ian
    November 5, 2007 at 12:24 am |

    Wow! Congrats. Even getting that far is a feat in itself.

  2. Jerome
    November 5, 2007 at 10:14 am |

    Wow what a great experience to fly out of the country for the first time for sure!

    Best of luck in the future! They (Google) usually make contact again after a few months to see if the interest is still there and probably check for possible positions again.

  3. henry
    November 5, 2007 at 4:43 pm |

    I agree. Getting the invite alone and with a trip to Zurich to boot must mean you have a lot you can offer. Send me an email through info@stratpoint.com. We’re a Palo Alto VC funded firm that could use your skills. :)

  4. jan2x
    November 5, 2007 at 8:25 pm |

    This is a very nice experience. I tried to apply for Google’s Singapore to no avail, heck it was for Marketing and I’m just trying out my luck. And the nice thing is, you used your passport for the first time with GOOG expense.

  5. nep
    November 5, 2007 at 8:26 pm |

    wow! sugoi! subarashii! passing the 3 technical interviews alone is enough… you are simply the best… heheheh congrats! for the very nice experience you had and good luck to all of your endeavors…

  6. min
    November 5, 2007 at 10:00 pm |

    I also preparing Software Engineer in Test. Your article is very helpful for me. Thank you~~~

  7. Javi
    November 6, 2007 at 1:50 am |

    some of my friends were flown to australia to interview with google as well. not sure if they were successful though. this is a great experience. :D

  8. nox
    November 6, 2007 at 8:30 am |

    Way to go!

    At least you passed the 3 interviews! Wonder if there are any other filipino fooglers? nowadays.



  9. nywled
    November 6, 2007 at 2:00 pm |

    Whoaaa.. great! you get to go to their(Google) place! Though, it’s just sad that you didn’t make it, after going for an 8-month interview process, but still you were able to make it that far, and not all people do. =)

  10. Greg Moreno
    November 6, 2007 at 9:27 pm |

    I had a similar experience way back in July 2000. I was flown to Athlone, Ireland for an interview with Ericsson. Everything was paid by them including chauffeur to and from the airport.

    I understand how you felt at the hands of the immigration officer at the Zurich airport. When I was at the CDG airport (in Paris) for a connecting flight, the immigration officer looked at every page of my passport. I guess that’s the “normal” procedure for Asians :)

    My biggest problem during the interview was I can’t understand what my interviewers were saying because of the Irish accent. I hope you didn’t had a similar problem with the Swiss.

    By the way, I was rejected, too. :)

  11. issh
    November 9, 2007 at 4:44 pm |

    Wow! Congratulations on making it that far! You’ve just had an experience that other people only dream of. Kudos to you!

  12. Ron
    November 10, 2007 at 5:34 pm |

    I’m very proud of you

  13. Dabawenya Babe
    November 11, 2007 at 12:46 am |


    Congrats. You rock girl! As a fellow pinay, we are so proud of you. I just happen to bumped here from another site, that site featured you.

    Congrats again and more blessings to come!!

  14. rodel
    November 11, 2007 at 1:40 pm |

    Grabe! astig! congrats!

  15. Dexter
    November 11, 2007 at 4:37 pm |

    I think going that far is already an achievement

  16. geri a.k.a. raredog
    November 11, 2007 at 6:10 pm |

    Mabuhay ka kabayan! Any souvenir pics po? :D

  17. ScIoN
    November 14, 2007 at 1:19 pm |

    A very nice experience indeed, considering you were able to visit Zurich for free (except for the visa and some expenses).

    I also had a similar experience, mine is with Toshiba. First time to ride a plane, use a passport, and everything is free (plane, daily meals, lodging) that lasted for a week. It was Toshiba’s 2nd year of global recruitment (that included the Philippines) and I was 1 of 13 Filipinos who got lucky to reach the final interview held at Shin Yokohama, Japan.

    Within that 1 week, there were scheduled interviews according to field of specialization. There were 2 stages of interview, and luckily (again) I passed the 1st stage and reached the ‘finals’. Those who didn’t make it in the 1st stage were scheduled to go home earlier (ala reality tv!).

    Then on the specific position I was vying for, my ‘rival’ was a PhD candidate from Nanyang Tech. Univ (Singapore). Graduating undergrad student vs. PhD student? Of course, I lost. haha.

    Free trip to Japan. Priceless. :D

  18. boibs
    November 15, 2007 at 10:28 pm |

    wow first time travel is free and destination is zurich?
    pass or fail, we are all jealous of you hehe. that was a great experience :)

  19. Frederic Tubale
    November 18, 2007 at 8:28 am |

    Congrats! That was a priceless experience, you’ve already made an imprint to all Filipino developers to raise our standards in terms of software development. Maybe you would like to publish a book on how you got to be noticed by Google. It would serve as a guide to other aspiring kababayans as well. Again congrats, you’ve made us proud!

  20. sergei brin
    sergei brin
    November 19, 2007 at 9:15 pm |

    congrats! ;P

  21. Winelfred G. Pasamba
    November 21, 2007 at 8:06 am |

    Congrats! I only got as far as the first interview hehe

  22. TallDan
    November 29, 2007 at 4:29 pm |

    Forget the interviews! The trip was the best part of all.

  23. Kaiz
    December 14, 2007 at 8:13 am |

    Congratulations! It was a great experience for you. Millions of people would die for that experience. Nevermind the rejection, just be thankful you get to walk the streets of Zurich. hehe. Who knows.. they might call you up.. once a position perfect for you surfaces, hehe.

  24. ronald
    December 27, 2007 at 1:53 am |


    You were so close… and to think _they_ were the ones who contacted you. Maybe one of the recruiters is also a kitchie nadal fan?

    But for someone with an impressive programming experience, I’m sure some big names will come knocking again. :)

  25. panefsky
    January 13, 2008 at 9:15 pm |

    Way to go! Congratulations for making that far! The biggest thing is to have enjoyed the experience.

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    April 29, 2008 at 4:09 pm |

    hey..our blogs make more people inspired in this kind of field.

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    Reynold Gorospe
    January 5, 2009 at 9:25 am |

    Idol cha! the best ka talaga. ngaun ko lang nabasa to. pero alufet mo!
    Rock on as always! :)

  28. RG
    January 23, 2010 at 1:24 pm |

    LOL. This reminds me of a medical residency interview!

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