What a last-minute interview for APM at Google taught me about failure

An image of the company Google’s logo.
An image of the company Google’s logo.
So close, yet so much character built.
An email from Google saying “Update on your Google Appliation”
An email from Google saying “Update on your Google Appliation”
This was literally all I had to look at for 7 hours.

Reader, to say I was ecstatic would be a vast understatement.

Pause.

A graph mapping my excitement levels, high and low, during the interview process.
A graph mapping my excitement levels, high and low, during the interview process.

1. It’s okay, and human, to get your hopes up. Just don’t let disappointment ruin your goals.

2. Always be prepared for whatever opportunity might come up.

3. Reflect hard after a failure, and learn from it. Don’t let a learning opportunity go to waste.

4. You cannot. Cannot. CANNOT. dwell on “What if?”*

5. Finally, sometimes just be proud you gave it your all.

Machine Learning Engineer, writing about the intersection of technology & fashion.

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