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September 7th, 2016

I just wanted to briefy mention that I have had a few phone interviews over the past few months that I've felt better about, even though I didn't make it to the next round in any of them.  I have changed my interviewing strategy somewhat.  I am maintaining my focus on IETF working group activities and some other things (such as ranking methods).  So when I do have an interview coming up, I don't just drop everything else to prepare for the interview, although I do attend to specifics the interview might require, such as writing code in a Google Docs document.  When writing code during an interview, I make sure to ask questions, such as if pseudocode is allowed, if I may refer to documentation (e.g. man pages), etc.  If a particular language is required, I check myself as I write for matching braces, etc.  Also, after asking questions, I ask to gather my thoughts for a minute.  If I cannot think of a more efficient algorithm or method, I write the more straightforward code I can think of that would (hopefully) suffice.

In general, I have felt more in control of these interviews than others I've had (and written about here) in the past.  Hopefully, that is a sign of better things to come.

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