His job interview that took place on April Fool’s Day, so he thought Gmail was a joke when they asked him about it.
Speaking at the Indian Institute of Technology-Kharagpur, Pichai recounted: “I hadn’t had a chance to use it (access to Gmail was invite-only at the time), I thought it was an April Fools’ joke.” The faces of the interviewers – thankfully not Co-Founder Larry Page (the 44-year-old was one of the first who was not interviewed by him) - said otherwise.
Pichai continued: “In the fourth interview, when somebody asked me, 'have you seen Gmail?' I said no, and then he showed it to me.
"In the fifth interview, I told them about what I think of Gmail [and] how to improve Gmail.
"I still joke sometimes that I got a job because Larry didn’t interview me."