Checking your email can be a very exciting thing – you never know if you’ll suddenly get something from someone cool like a rich Nigerian king who needs you to help spend his money or something from someone boring like a regular friend (haha, just kidding – please e-mail me, people :p).
I was checking my Gmail account for the 100th time today when I was surprised to see a new message. Success! The message was enigmatically titled “Hello from Google”. My first thought was that it was probably some mass e-mail from Google talking about new features or something, but this is what was inside:
from Neha Chaudhary <firstname.lastname@example.org>
subject Hello from Google
I am an onsite recruiter with Google’s engineering team. Pius Fischer from Google recently referred your name to me. He mentioned you are a great engineer with a very impressive background. I wanted to confidentially reach out to you and see if you would ever consider opportunities with Google? I recruit for several different types of Engineering positions and would love to discuss some of these with you. Please let me know if this might be something of interest to you and the best time for us to discuss it further. Please feel free to circle back with me even if you are not interested at this time, if nothing else, I would love to connect and just stay in touch.
Lead Technical Sourcer
Work – 650 253 2610
Wow! I was living what could be so many engineer’s dreams. Little ‘ol CL was getting a personal e-mail from a Google recruiter, and not only that, it was through the good word of another Google employee that… hmm… I didn’t even know. Well maybe I met this Pius guy at a conference or something and he knew that I was a superb engineer through some sort of… telepathy…
The more I looked at the e-mail, the more suspicious I got, and irony of ironies, I “Googled” everything listed in the e-mail to see if it was legitimate. Now that I think about it, it might have been a good idea to use a different search engine, but by that point, I was so sure it was a scam that my indignation got the better of me. And yup… I was able to confirm that I was (briefly) punk’d. Looks like other people also got similar e-mails from “Neha”; at least the spammer(s) seemed to have taken the website’s criticism to heart; they cleaned up the grammar and used a more legitimate e-mail address (a Google recruitment letter from Hotmail? Come on!). Not that I am considering working at Google now, but it was a fun feeling while it lasted. Ah well, at least I can tell people about the time I got an email from a “Google recruiter”… just that Google didn’t know about it ;)