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I just did a technical phone interview for a potential new hire (Consultant) whose focus has been web development.

I like to start off with the easy questions... "I don't see any consulting on your resume. Have you ever done any? Perhaps on the side?"

He ponders this for a moment... and finally says "not that I can recall."

Ok, I ask about travel... "How do you feel about travel?"

His response: "I dunno, I never have traveled. Sounds like fun."

Ook... we have a live one.

I ask a few basics, like what languages he has experience with.

When asked about his HTML skills, he replied: “Uh I dunno, they're ok I guess. Visual Studio handles all of that for me. I just move stuff around and it generates HTML.”

Intrigued, I pressed further… “Ever done anything with Web Services?”

He replied that yes, in fact, he had created one for a single sign-in login that was used by all applications, enterprise wide at his employer.

Not all that interested in how the service itself worked, I asked how someone uses a web-service in their application.

His response… “Uhhh… there’s this class you add…” *pause* then nothing else.

Curious why such a stellar candidate would choose our company, I asked why he was leaving his current employer.

He thought for a moment and said “they use .NET 1.1 and I asked them about using .NET 2.0 and their response was: Why should we do that? They just didn’t get it.”

I wanted to get it, like he apparently does, so I asked: “Why? What’s the difference between the two? Why should I, as a client, upgrade to .NET 2.0?”

He couldn’t tell me. Not even one reason.

Thank you for your time. Our recruiter will be in touch. Posted on Monday, December 18, 2006 4:42 PM | Back to top

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LOL! That is classic.....although, there are many times that I am scared that I'm that guy...
Left by George on Dec 18, 2006 4:46 PM

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I think we would have hired him.....

And George, if you are that guy, I am worried who I am.....
Left by Rick on Dec 18, 2006 4:59 PM

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nice. one of the things i've realized when interviewing people for possible job opportunities with the company i work with is that alot of guys tend to throw IT jargons that they can't even explain.

things to remember:
-never start a subject when you dont have a knowledge about, learn and apply. don't just read and start talking about a technology when you haven't had the time experiencing it first hand because you might sound like a dork
-too much talk can lead you to the basement.
Left by Keith Rull on Dec 20, 2006 2:06 PM

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That guy rocks! He is RIGHT ON for management. "I don't know why but it's a new number...let's use it!"
Left by Codesailor on Dec 20, 2006 9:09 PM

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