Wednesday, August 31, 2005

The Interview

We are in the process of hiring for the Enterprise. This is a very involved process. It takes weeks from start to finish. We do what's called an N+2. What this means is that for every person hired, three are interviewed. It's the process of interviewing that is most interesting.

Of course the people being interviewed put their best foot forward, well they try to anyway.

There was a case of a guy trying to impress. When he was asked a question about databases. "What kind of databases are you familiar with? Are you familiar with DB2?"

"Yeah, sure" he said "DB2, DB3, whatever it takes." Right. Of course, there is no such thing as a DB3.

Today another guy was being interviewed. When asked what kind of programmer he was:

"Well, you know" he said "there are two types of programmers."

"Oh really?"

"Yeah, there is the average programmer and then there is the one that does what that guys says." He then pointed straight up. "There is only one god" he continued "and he's the one that I listen to. If he wants a bug in the program, then there will be a bug in the program."


The trouble with programmers is that you can never tell what a programmer is doing until it's too late. (Seymour Cray)