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RackSpace Interview

Well guys, today was my interview at RackSpace’s San Antonio Headquarters. It went ok, I was extremely nervous, and there were only two people interviewing me so it was intimidating (Who do I look at, what are they going to ask me, is it good cop bad cop? lol). I applied for the Level I Linux Systems Administrator (1st Shift) position.

I really hope I get this job for the following reasons:

  1. I want to be a Systems Administrator (It’s the career path I am pursuing)
  2. I knew it was a relaxed, laid back but hard at work company with a fun environment, but I simply fell in love when the reality of seeing it in person hit.
  3. The people I HAVE talked to who work @ RackSpace seem really cool, and I think the people you work with make the job.
  4. When I stepped in I knew I belonged there because a nerf bullet was stuck to the window in the lobby…really high up. (Haha)
  5. The managed support room is to fall in love with, you can tell the people there are awesome based simply off of how they decorate their cubicles.
  6. Everybody is really nice
  7. I love computers
  8. I love helping people
  9. The fact that, during my interview, they used humor like I do. (Some people take things too seriously, work AND play is the motto right?)
  10. If I get this job, I can get the certifications, move up in the company, afford college, have a successful future doing what I love to do and getting PAID to do it.

and I could go on and on and on…but in the mean time, lets just hope I get the job. If not, I already told them they’ll be seeing me again.

I want this, badly, not because it’s a JOB…it is NOT about the money…it is really about being able to do what I love to do and actually getting paid to do it.

So my feelings are now transferred to the Internets.

Thank you internet, and wish me luck. Either I am going to be getting it or I will not, the phone call or email will tell.

[UPDATE: Thank you everyone, especially Rackers for all the emails, tweets, and other motivational support provided. ]

I’ve noticed that a majority of the people that end up on my blog end up here by searching for “RackSpace Interview” or “Phone Interview”, and so on and so forth.

I can offer all prospective Rackers some advice, from me, personally:

  1. Be yourself.
  2. Don’t think you know more than you do, respect what you do know, and figure out how you can make that work for the company in general.
  3. Go in there with an good attitude. It’s serious, but have a sense of humor.
  4. Don’t wear a suit
  5. Dress nicely.
  6. We’re (Rackers) people too. Awesome people.

These are just a few of my personal recommendations and they are by no means an full list of how to show up for an RackSpace interview. Do as you see fit, just remember it’s a great company who wants to hire great people who want to do equally great things. I do not represent the management, or hiring staff and these suggestions do not come from them in any way, just my 2 cents.

Don’t stress the call back (Yeah…right, I was on edge every time my phone’s screen turned on.) It will happen eventually just calm down.