I got through half the entries and still have half to go but finally have a free chunk of time so I'm going to post and hurry and work on it! I'm aiming to post winners late Friday.
So I just got done the 6 hour long interview with Amazon.com and am relaxing at the hotel now. Wow. That was in-TENSE! The guys were super friendly and I hit it off with some and had an ok interview with others. 8 people talked to me in the space of 6 hours and it was totally nuts... a lot of whiteboarding and problem solving.
First was the hacking test. Great! I'm a lateral thinker so I pretty quickly showed them how devious I could be.
The second and third ones went super great with no real gotchas. I even had to eat while being interviewed. (AWKward) Then I had an interview where I felt like I wasn't giving the guy the answer he wanted so I said "I can sense I'm not getting to the heart of what you want to know". Then he gave me a hint and that's all I needed to nail the answer. (yay)
Then I had a couple interviews that were good but I knew I messed up on a question but I tried to talk through it and showed that I did know some of the lower level stuff. It seemed to help but I was still bummed because it seemed like I opened a little door for doubt. :(
The thing that made me feel most awkward was that I was way over-dressed. I just wore dockers and a striped long-sleeve shirt but these cool nerds were hanging out in jeans and tshirts and sporting scraggly beards and stuff. I probably looked like a prude! Yikes!
Well, for good or bad it's done and we'll have to see if they thinking I'm worth moving out here.
K. I better get back to processing contest entries.
Thanks for all the kind comments and support.