Recently I attended a job interview.This is how it went....
Interviewer - Bla di bla di bla tra la la la la la oompa loompa doom-pa-dee doo
Cherrie - (thinks When will this company history get over)
Interviewer - So..run me through your career since you left education.
Cherrie - I started my career with company 1. I worked in the retail and hospitality domain for a US client. Was involved in web development and database development. Then I left company 1 to join company 2.
Interviewer - Why did you leave company 1?
Cherrie - The domain did not make much sense to me. I feel one needs to know the business to be able to code well. But I was lost with what is the difference between a condo and an apartment.
Interviewer - What is the difference between a condo and an apartment ?
Cherrie - I don't know and never understood .
Interviewer - Stupid Americans and their terms. Both are places to live
Cherrie - Exactly. So in company 2 I was in the financial services domain and worked on a voluntary rewards application for my client . Then I left it to join company 3 for personal reasons. Then in 2010 we moved to the UK and I joined company 4.
Interviewer -Why did you move to the UK?
Cherrie -My husband came here and I followed him (thinks tongue showing smiley :P)
Interviewer - So if I asked your current employer to describe you in 3 words what would he say?
Cherrie- Hmmmmmm (for 20 seconds) well...(for 10 seconds) I think he would call me a team player.
Interviewer - Thats 2 words
Cherrie - Hmm okay
Interviewer - Ok I give it to you, 2 more words.
Cherrie - Has good object oriented concepts and good business knowledge
Interviewer - (smiles)
Cherrie - (smiles)
Interviewer - If I asked the same question to your husband what would he say?
Cherrie - Hmmm.. (60 seconds) (Thinks What the.... Starts day dreaming about K ;) )
Interviewer - You have to be quick.
Cherrie - Hmmm..he calls me assertive.(Pauses for close to a minute)
Interviewer - You have to be quick you know.
Cherrie - He calls me a good cook and also a travel agent since I research holiday plans.
Interviewer - So he eats what he is given and goes where he is told.
Cherrie - He definitely does NOT eat what he is given and seldom goes where he is told. ( Where the hell did that come from? )
Interviewer - So define how your worst day would be? A day from hell.
Cherrie - Am I in office?
Interviewer - Maybe.
Cherrie - First up I am late to work and my mild OCD kicks in and I start thinking how other things are going haywire because I am behind schedule as per my personal timescales. Then there is some network and firewall issues. I have no clue about them since I am a mere programmer but I have to coordinate with networking and security teams. I am answerable but situations are not under my control.That is the day from hell.
Interviewer - At the end of such a day how do you unwind?
Cherrie - I walk from work to home. I hear music at a volume which could turn me deaf. Thats my unwind mechanism.
Interviewer - And if it the best day?
Cherrie - I am on time :) There is an appreciation email from someone. Something I have been researching or trying starts to work. And people don't bother me.
Interviewer - (Emphatically writes down something and says 'don't bother' I think that is what he writes down)
Interviewer - Where do you see yourself 5 years from now ?
Cherrie - There is the idealistic plan and the realistic plan. In an ideal world I would love to do an MBA. I know friends who have done it and they are changed individuals.
Interviewer - The change is called confidence.
Cherrie - Maybe. The realistic plan is I would still be coding and hopefully knowing much more than I currently do.
Interviewer - Hm.. so do you have any questions for me?
Cherrie - (Thinks no let me go my kid is waiting) None that I can think of now.
Some usual exchange of pleasantries and the interview ends.
So would you hire me?