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By Phil the Canuck (Fri Apr 17, 2009 at 10:06:25 AM EST) (all tags)
It's so much easier to interview in person.


You know how you're supposed to try to have a bonding moment with an interviewer?  Panel interview, three people.  Director, potential counterpart, crusty old (but likeable enough) programmer.

Potential counterpart starts the proceedings by asking me what's at the corner of (two main highways running through my home town).  Turns out he grew up there.  What are the odds?

Director asks me a few and talks turn to my abilitgy to get clearance through immigration.  Turns out he spent a few years out of the country and married a ferriner, then had to go through the hassle of importing her.  What are the odds?

Crusty old programmer just tried to stump me on obscure aspects of things from eighteen years ago that I listed on my resume.  Succeeded a couple of times, and hey, that was a long time ago.  Much of the early 90s is a blur as it is.

Overall it went very well.  They asked me what options I would have in connecting a new office X distance away, and what I'd likely pick in the end.  FWIW, I picked what they're currently in the process of doing, and for the same reasons.  Bit of a no-brainer though.

At the end I asked about the timetable for a decision.  Expecting a quick ASAP, instead I got a monologue about finding the right candidate (this seems to be why the position has been listed multiple times), how many people got a first interview, how many got a second, and where I have been tentatively ranked in those four.  I'd guess the call for interview three will be coming soon.

Of course I was completely wrong about the outcome of interview one...
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Way to go! by mmangino (2.00 / 0) #1 Fri Apr 17, 2009 at 01:14:16 PM EST
 I have my fingers crossed over here.

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