Saturday, February 12, 2011

The Bad, The Worse, and The Worser

Had a bad, half-hour, phone interview on Friday afternoon.

I've been out of work for 3 years, now,
and was grateful to get any kind of interview.
But, this one was just plain ugly.

The manager was an Asian-Indian whose accent
was slightly above barely discernable.
I had foreseen such, given his Hindi (?) name,
but, had hoped for otherwise.

In the first 15 minutes, he asked me to rate myself
on various technologies for the computer programming position.
Afterwards, he said I was the most honest (earnest? . . . couldn't tell) interviewee
he has ever had. He meant it as a compliment.
I'm guessing that everyone else he has interviewed said "I'm a '10' in everything."

So far, so good.

The next 15 minutes got worse.
He asked me minor, technical questions,
despite the fact that I had to pass an online series of tests in those technologies,
which I did, with about a 75% rating (as I said, I've been out of work for 3 years,
so cut me some slack, okay?).
He then asked me a relatively simple programming question,
which, at least, as far as he was concerned, I got wrong.
I tried to explain to him that the results depended on a number of factors,
but he was going by the book (a book written in the 1980s, FWIW).
He abruptly stopped the interview
(again, even though I had answered all the other questions well,
and I even anticipated, aloud, half the programming question,
which he said was impressive, until I pointed out that I recognized the example
from the aforementioned book, which may have embarrassed him),
and that was that.

Ya know, I honestly don't mind being rejected for a job
- - heck, it has happened so many times, I'm quite numb to it - -
but, to be rejected for something I know was right
(and proved it - - to myself - - by running it on my computer)
is just galling. On the other hand, would I really want to work for someone
who won't see the other person's point-of-view,
especially after that person proved himself capable?
And, even if he accepted my explanation,
I know he wouldn't have hired me,
because no boss likes to hire people smarter than themselves.

Sour grapes or being practical?
It doesn't really matter, does it?