I replied and I have my survey time next week. If the gift card is something that I can use for places in general, half of the $75 is going to stuff on Blender Market and half of it is going to the Foundation.
As far as I can tell, there’s really nothing that Autodesk can learn from me that they couldn’t by posting an open question here. I tried the 3DS Max student version, really liked it and appreciated the long educational license period, didn’t get very far with learning the software with it because I was doing other stuff, wondered how much a full license would cost if I ever did get into it, saw the price tag, said “no way in hell unless I was making $65 or $80K a year working primarily with that software”, tried Blender 2.79 and thought that drunken lizardpeople designed the UI, but stuck with it for a month or two and learned a few things, saw Blender 2.8, downloaded it, and became hooked on it. I’d consider myself an enlightened newbie with 3D art, but basically everyone here and also probably things growing under rocks in my front yard probably know more than I do so I’m not expecting that I’ll be able to provide the interviewer with very interesting conversation.