Monday, February 07, 2005

Interview with Amazon

Very cool, *dreams of seatle* Ooo:

Hi Richard,

We received your resume and are very interested in speaking with you about a full time Software Development Engineer position here at in Seattle (Job Description Attached).

The interview process will involve two separate phone interviews. The second one will be scheduled following the results of the previous phone interview.

Once you have completed two phone interviews, we would then fly you out to Seattle for a full day of interviews.

If you're interested, please reply to this e-mail message with a few potential 60-minute time slots when we could connect during the next five business days
and the best telephone number (and time zone) where you can be reached. Once I schedule your interview, I will send you an email with the name of the interviewer and the time they will call you.

Please send me a soft copy of your resume.

Also, please answer the following questions for me.

1. Are you legally authorized to work in the United States? Yes or No
2. Will you now or in the future require visa sponsorship for employment status
(e.g. new H-1B visa)? Yes or No

If "Yes", please check one of the following to indicate your current status:
a. J-1: If J-1, do you have a two-year home return requirement? Yes or No
b. F-1: If F-1, how many months are you eligible for on your Employment Authorization Card (EAD)? ___ When is the EAD expiration date?___ Have you applied for OPT or CPT?
c. L-1A/L-1B
d. H-1B
e. Adjustment of Status/Pending Green Card Application
f. Other: If Other, please explain:__________

Let me know if you have any questions.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Software Development Engineer Job Description:

Impact: As a member of the development team, you'll be given the opportunity to have direct impact on the evolution of the Amazon e-commerce platform and lead mission critical projects early in your career. Your design, code and raw smarts will contribute to solving some of the most complex technical challenges in the areas of distributed systems, data mining, optimization, scalability, security and tweaking algorithms, just to name a few.

Innovation: Are you seeking an environment where you can drive innovation? Are you interested in finding the best intersection of features vs. performance? Are you up to the task of delivering innovative technology that offers millions of unique products to thousands of suppliers, to tens of millions of customers around the world? Many of the technical challenges Amazon encounters have never been dealt with before on this scale, if at all. Come help lead the way in e-commerce innovation.

Technology: Strong, object-oriented design and coding skills (C/C++ and/or Java preferably on a UNIX or Linux platform). Well-versed in Perl and SQL. Distributed (multi-tiered) systems, algorithms, and relational databases. Optimization mathematics (linear programming, nonlinear optimization). Ability to effectively articulate technical challenges and solutions. Deal well with ambiguous/undefined problems; ability to think abstractly. Previous technical internship preferred. Computer Science/Computer Engineering degree (or related technical discipline). Graduate degree a plus.

Company Description: was founded in July 1994 with a vision of building the Earth's most customer-centric company where visitors can find and discover anything they want to buy online. That vision has grown from an online bookstore run out of Bezos' garage to a Fortune 500 company operating in six countries with a selection that includes millions of products in an ever-growing number of categories. leverages its $900 million investment in technology to offer its customers unparalleled shopping experiences. Based in Seattle, has hundreds of software engineers working on some of the most interesting technical challenges on the planet. As a member of our team, you'll be part of the evolution of e-commerce and learn from industry leaders. You'll be joining a scientific culture focused on achieving aggressive goals. Many of the challenges we encounter have never been dealt with before on this scale, if at all.

Back to the grind

My room is looking so much cleaner finally. My desk is almost empty too. All part of my plan to slowly pack up my room over the semester so I can just walk on out of here. Its crazy, today I saw signs saying there was only 100 days left! Must live it up. Or try to anyways. Tomorrow I go to a job fair, and hopefully I will have some luck there. I still really want to find a job in NY. That is my ideal dream job. Shanghai would be great too =) Eh, I will have to work hard to find the job I really want though. Oh well. What else happened today? Hmm, I sent off WoW to Miri. Just trying to get back into the blog scene. Tomorrow alot is happening. I have jobfair, buddhism quiz, and shankars birthday. Hopefully all will go well.

Sunday, February 06, 2005

Hometown Fun

This weekend I went back to San Antonio to see a Miriam, a girl I I haven't seen in a long time. I had such an amazing time with her. We had a nice dinner at this really traditional japanese sushi house in SA and saw a symphony downtown play. Such a peaceful weekend with someone so interesting. She's getting me addicted to Lusternia too, I can tell. RPing is so fun! I will have to posts updates on my blog about how it goes. Anyways, I miss her already. I can't wait till this semester is over with.

LUSTERNIA UPDATE -- I've searched out magna mora and i'm looking to become a Nihilist now, muhahaha, so evily. Oh yah, I also have a good idea for a client to make for lusternia, so i'm learning how to do telnet programming =P