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November 24, 2008, 14:40

I would have refused the position as Site Reliability Engineer. Being Software engineering and System Administration (even if topnotch) very different things and I find the latter not quite interesting. I wouldn't do it for a load of money - not even for google - but obviously this is just my opinion.

Often Google recruiters pull the trick of proposing people for unexpected stuff - and often driven by a burning desire to join Google people go along.

I am not saying it's your case - but I had an experience with a close friend (who had relevant experience as a developer) and Google recruiters were trying to steer towards a role called smt like "Content Validation Monkey". At start he was excited (as the interviews were pretty interesting and technical) - but then around the third interview he made clear he wasn't interested in such a position and they told him he wasn't suitable for the position.

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