New hire Max Rosett recalled how an innocent Google search session turned into a new career.
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Working as a data scientist at start-up ApartmentList.com and earning a Master’s degree in computer science through Georgia Tech, Rosett was itching for a change. He just didn’t expect one of the world’s largest tech companies to scratch that itch. In an article he penned for The Hustle, Rosett recalls an innocent Google search session that turned into a new career. While Googling the programming phrase “python lambda function list comprehension,” he clicked the most relevant available link. But instead of being directed to a new site, “something unusual happened.” “The search results split and folded back to reveal a box that said ‘You’re speaking our language. Up for a challenge?'” Rosett wrote. “I stared at the screen. What? After a moment, I decided yes, I was most definitely up for a challenge.” The next page, called foo.bar, catered to the budding software engineer in him, so he typed a few commands, and was greeted with a screen displaying a programming challenge and instructions on how to submit the solution. “I had 48 hours to solve it, and the timer was ticking,” Rosett said. Each time he submitted a solution, foo.bar tested the code against hidden test cases, then allowed Rosett, now a potential hire, to submit and request a new challenge. Over two weeks, he solved five more problems. After the 6th, he was prompted to submit his contact information; days later, a Google recruiter emailed asking for a copy of his resume. A trip to the company’s Mountain View headquarters marked the first time, Rosett said, that he felt confident he wasn’t “a victim of an elaborate prank.” A couple of weeks later, he was offered a job.