A man who was a Google recruiter said he found out the tech giant had fired him in the middle of an interview last Friday.
In a post on LinkedIn, Dan Lanegan Ryan said he was interviewing a candidate when the call dropped and he was banned from his system.
“Unfortunately, I was laid off from Google along with several thousand others last Friday. I didn’t expect it to come to such an abrupt end, being banned from the system in the middle of a call,” reads a LinkedIn post by Mr. Ryan.
The former Googler called it a “dream job with a dream company.”
“Just over a year ago, I landed a dream job with a dream company. I was walking the dog when the recruiter called me to tell me I got the role and I almost choked on the poor dog I was partying with so much,” he wrote.
Speaking to Business Insider, Mr. Ryan said he tried to access an internal company website during the call last Friday but was unable to.
He said that shortly after he lost access to the company’s website, his email was also blocked.
“I was banned from everything. Then I saw on the news about 15, 20 minutes later that Google was announcing 12,000 layoffs,” he was quoted by Business Insider as saying.
Last week, Google announced that it would eliminate 12,000 roles. Although speculation about cutbacks had circulated for months, for some employees the layoffs came as a shock to the system.
CEO Sundar Pichai stressed that the cuts were made after careful consideration. “We have decided to reduce our workforce by approximately 12,000 jobs. We have already sent a separate email to employees in the US affected. In other countries, this process will take longer due to local laws and practices,” Mr. Pichai said in a statement.
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