gregbo (gregbo) wrote,
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using your own reference materials during interviews

I had a phone screen today. The interviewer wanted to know my opinion
of why I've been unemployed, considering I have a master's degree,
lots of experience, etc. So I told him about how I sometimes am
unable to remember things at interviews such as how a particular Unix
command works, or a specific programming language feature. He told me
that he brings O'Reilly reference guides to interviews. I'd never
heard of such a thing. No one ever told me that was allowed. The
closest that comes to it that I've heard of is a few places that
provide you with reference materials, but you don't get to bring your
own. As far as I can remember, no one I ever interviewed brought (or
asked to bring) reference materials. I'm now wondering how common
this is.
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