|added Sat July 28 2007 at 3:37 AM
|Ok, you already know that I've moved to Seattle. But why the heck Seattle, anyway? This definitely won't be the detailed entry that I was going to write about 8 months ago, but it'll have to make do.
As a kid, I'd actually figured that there was a reasonable chance that I would work for Boeing. I knew that Boeing was headquartered in Seattle (it's now headquartered in Chicago, but most of the engineering still happens here), but I didn't really know anything else about the city. When I started working for Pratt & Whitney, I figured that I probably wouldn't end up working for Boeing, so Seattle kind of became completely irrelevant.
I wasn't really seriously looking for a job. Mostly I just wanted to make sure that if I took a job with Pratt, I wouldn't be making a stupid decision. In October, there were a couple career fairs and I decided to check them out. I've never really been too impressed with career fairs but they do at least give a quick pulse of what other kinds of jobs are out there. I set up interviews with a couple companies, and dropped off resumes at a few companies that sounded interesting. The interviews turned out to be somewhat of a joke since those companies were looking for people who would graduate in December, but I chalked it up to good interviewing experience and possibly a good first impression if the recruiter liked me.
One of the tables I stopped by was Amazon.com. When I dropped off my resume, I was grilled by some guy about what kind of background I had and then he asked me a few programming algorithm questions. I wasn't expecting an impromptu interview, so I was somewhat shook up by it. I figured that they must be trying to get rid of me since I wasn't a CS major.
There's more to read. Read the extended entry.