I have to confess, I am
currently in the tech. interview trap. I just want to add some
comments from the point of view of a current job seeker, I hope
these comments will bring some extra light. I will be glad If it
I am nowadays trying to
review, code, study, read articles with the aim of getting ready
for the technical interviews. Which I agree, they makes me
uncomfortable, because I usually ruin all the process at that
point. It maybe a lack of confidence or whatever I am not sure, I
guess this goes to psychology field where everything goes to the
grey color scale.
Based on my career, I agree
with the article's writer and I feel that my best performance was
when I went to work for a friend of mine in a new start up. I was
able to develop and use all my potential. Working for or with
someone that knows you makes you play better, because they know
what are you really able to do, I guess.
The issue with tech.
interviews preparation is to question about, ok, what do I need to
prepare? Just lets go to JAVA technologies, try to limit the
options somehow. How many things should I review, practice, learn?
I feel like I need 3 months minimum to get comfortable with the
main tools. After 3 months there will be new things to catchup. I
mean, there are far too many tools, technologies out there.
When I have an interview
they give me no more than 1 or 2 days to know what they do and
what technologies they use. I just have time to read throw the
introductions and practice the basic things. If I am lucky, I
worked with that tool 6 months ago, now they are using the last
version, which is a new world in technology time. If it was 1 year
ago, forget it, should I even mention it in my CV?
What I have been doing?
What I was doing in my last job? Well, I was working !! I
developed and implemented stories, PMs like that you know? We used
the tools and technologies that we had available. Learn quick and
deliver, that is the real job for me.
I do not master all
"techies" and details that they ask in the job interviews.
So in summary, I think that
I prefer the idea of the article's writer, give me something to
deal with, something to solve, to build, to .... whatever, I know
I can do, I have been doing that during all my career, why I
should not be able to do that now?
I understand, as Barry
mention, that there are a lot of limitations in the real world
about this approach of providing a small project to do. That is
why I will keep enjoying these days, which on the other hand, as a
technical geek, I really like because I can learn whatever I like,
and practice the way I like.
So as a job seeker, to the
other fellows, just enjoy the moment !!
This is my opinion on this
area nowadays, because I am directly affected and I have been few
days thinking about this issue as well.
Its being a great input to
read the article and your comments.
Many thanks guys,