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Re: [ljc] Interesting read

From: Marc A.
Sent on: Saturday, August 31, 2013 3:50 PM
Hi all, 

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 does.

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, 
Best regards,
Marc Andreu,

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