Posted by mattray on December 17, 2008
I got a chance to be on the IT Management Podcast yesterday with Michael Cote’, John Willis and Dave Rosenberg. Had a good time making my whack predictions for 2009:
- Microsoft buying RIM (and shutting down Windows Mobile)
- Apple making a cloud move
- Sun getting diced up in a hostile takeover
- Amazon selling Android apps
- Amazon buying up some of the cloud providers
- The Big 4 not buy any open source competitors
- and more!
Missed out on my chance to call 2009 the Year of the Linux Desktop, but it could happen, I’ve got a good feeling this time.
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Posted by mattray on March 24, 2008
Back to John’s interview. Despite his run-in with Dave, the interview continued on to the VP of Engineering. After a few perfunctory questions, he hands John a list of acronyms.
VP: Can you define each of these?
VP: It's important that you know these.
John: ummm... OK.
John quickly rattles of acronyms like “XML” and “SQL”.
VP: Very good.
The interview continues on to some more of the business-side stuff.
VP: So one of the things we do here validation of leads for our CRM app. If a customer doesn't know exactly who has purchasing authority, our call center in Manila will call in and pretend to be running a technology survey and try to get a hold of the person in the lead app.
John: (thinking this sounds sleazy) ...I guess that makes sense.
VP: It sure does, we used to have a center in India, but those guys were getting expensive.
John: What about quality control?
VP: That's the beauty of it. We have another call center here in town to cross-check some of the leads. I've got one guy who calls up the companies and tells them he's a student researching technology here in town. People are always more sympathetic to college students, and for all I know, he really could be a student.
After the interview, John is pretty creeped out on the company and know they have hired at least 1 crazy person. Even though he didn’t enjoy the process, at least he has a few good stories out of it.
Of course they call him back a few days later and make an offer.
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Posted by mattray on March 19, 2008
This wasn’t my interview, but I had to get this out in public. One of my recently laid-off friends (we’ll call him “John”) was interviewing with a CRM-type company for a Tech Lead/Senior Developer position. He did the standard in-house process of several 30-45 minute interviews with assorted people on the team until he got to “Dave” (John said he doesn’t even know if he gave his name).
After a series of mumbling technical questions, here’s a paraphrased transcript:
Dave: ... and that's why Left Outer Joins are so great.
John: Sure thing.
Dave: So in Monty Python's Holy Grail, what is the word that the Knights who Say Ni can't stand?
Dave: You know, Holy Grail.
Dave: It's "it". Moving on.
Dave: What is Asimov's Second Law of Robotics?
Dave: You know... I, Robot?
John: I have no idea.
Dave: Hmm.... ok, here's a tricky one.
Dave: Given an 8 hour workday with lunch and breaks, how much wood would a woodchuck....
John: Don't know. Next question.
Dave: Oh... well how about...
Dave continues to ask a series of nerd questions to which each response is:
John: Don't know. Next question.
Dave: (at end of list) Well, it looks like the only thing you have going for you is that you knew about Monty Python.
John: (stands up and walks out of interview)
John: Insulting people in an interview is a waste of time, I'm not a sci-fi geek.
To quote a former IBM tech writer… “YOU GODDAMN NERDS ARE WEARING ME OUT!”.
…to be continued.
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