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Jul. 23rd, 2006

In the excitement of the Tuzhilin report, I forgot to mention that I didn't get the Cisco job. I'm not really surprised.

The first woman who interviewed me during my second round seemed to think I was a "scripter" just because I've done programming in languages like Perl for most of the last several years. She kept pressing me about this, asking if I would be happy doing non-scripting work, etc. I guess I just don't understand this mindset. Maybe these people get a lot of candidates who insist on only doing certain types of work. Or perhaps they've had bad luck with people who had more experience with scripting languages than other types of languages.

Anyway, the upside is that I get to continue to do my two hours of piano per day, morning walks, etc. for a while longer. I think my interviewing skills have improved somewhat, and that I might have a good chance at getting a job where is a lot of overlap between my skills and the job requirements.


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Jul. 24th, 2006 07:08 am (UTC)
For some reason this reminds me of looking for a UROP my sophomore year, when I was really desperate to find a summer job. I was interviewing with biology labs as well as neuroscience ones, and a few of my interviewers just couldn't get their heads around this. "You know we don't work with neurons, right? Wouldn't you be happier in a different lab?" I guess some people just like to pigeonhole their job applicants.
Jul. 24th, 2006 12:42 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry...
Jul. 24th, 2006 10:10 pm (UTC)
The interesting thing is that companies often say they want well-rounded candidates, then come out with the "wouldn't you be happier ...?"

Here's to you finding something that will be a good fit.
Jul. 25th, 2006 02:17 am (UTC)
Typical silicon valley human resources idiot. Pidgeonholeing you within ten seconds and leaving you there. ARRRRRRRRRRGH!

Jane, get me off this crazy thing!
Jul. 25th, 2006 02:27 am (UTC)
Re: typiche!
Actually, she was part of the engineering team, not HR.
Jul. 25th, 2006 02:36 am (UTC)
Re: typiche!
The meme has spread then.

You're only what your last job was.
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