Three days after I got laid off at Lombardi, the recruiter I had worked with at Lombardi sent me this:
I just left a message on your cell phone. I have an interview for you and it’s a good one. _____ _______ is the CTO of StoredIQ and he was wondering if you were free to meet him near 360/Westlate Blvd. around 4 or 5pm today. Does that work for you? He would be speaking with you about a Sr. level QA role at StoredIQ…
I was to meet with the CTO later that afternoon, but he was delayed getting out of town coming back to Austin for Houston. And I was going to Las Vegas for PMP training paid for by Lombardi.
Once I got back to town, I went over the CTO’s house. Turns out he lived in my subdivision. Generic get-to-know interview. He asked some non-probing questions about QA philosophy, and I asked him some generic questions about StoredIQ.
We scheduled an onsite interview.
Alas, I was late. I tried to punch up Westgate on my car’s DVD-based nav system, and I could not find anything. Maps on the phone weren’t a thing yet., so, I tried to rely on the written instructions from the recruiter. Turns out the street is called “West Gate” (two words), and the street is on an exit sign on one direction of one freeway near the intersection of two, but not on the other side of that freeway. You’ll also note that in the email above the recruiter called it “Westlate”. I was about 25 minutes late.
And the interview did not go well. The biggest mistake was not doing more research on the company and what the state of the art of what they were doing was. They were archiving electronic data to meet government compliance standards, and they need to provide searching capability. This interview was the first time I heard the terms “elastic search” and “lucene”, and I should have at least understood what these terms generally meant before I walked in the door.
Nobody on their side opened up to me at all. I was not at all surprised when they said they were no longer pursuing me for this position.
StoredIQ was acquired by IBM in 2012, and they fit the IBM profile to a tee. (Of course, Lombardi was also acquired by IBM in 2011). My goal in life is to never work again at a company that was interesting to IBM.
As for that recruiter, he never helped me again. I think the combination of being friends with Lombardi management and feedback he got from this review gave him a sufficiently negative impression of me that he wrote me off.
And, at this point, I did not blame him one bit.