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Re: The Incredible Shrinking Applicant and More

2008-05-21 18:20 • by WildKard (unregistered)
196121 in reply to 195847
PublicLurker:
You didn't see me right?:
sugarfree:

Oh, and when you're low on sugar, your brain doesn't get enough energy, and basically it's the same feeling as if you're really drunk, so talking with your mouth open is very tame (people have been known to take their clothes off or run around screaming...)


Now that's an interview I'd like to see.


Even if it's the guy with the gold chains?


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3xpDUs4Q8kg , seems an appropriate place to post this

Re: The Incredible Shrinking Applicant and More

2008-05-21 21:55 • by GrigLars (unregistered)
196140 in reply to 195710
I recently got the same. I was interviewing for a Linux admin position and the head of IT lightly grilled me on basic CCNA-level TCP/IP stuff (what's a VLAN, broadcast domain, simple stuff). I told him I hadn't taken the CCNA in almost 8 years, but I'd give it my best.

When I was done, he thanked me for trying. He liked hearing me figure out the answers out loud, and complemented me on half the answers getting right "from a non-textbook frame of reference." He then spent the next 15 minutes upset at the last few applicants who had CCNA certs and got nothing right. "You Linux guys know networking better than Cisco guys! Every time! Why is that?" He loved the term "paper tigers," which he had never heard before. It was like we were drinking buddies by the end.

They didn't give me the job, based on some of what they wanted I didn't know at the skill level required (mostly programming), but profusely thanked me for coming in like they had never seen a Linux admin who was personable or something.

Re: The Incredible Shrinking Applicant and More

2008-05-22 11:22 • by Random832
196254 in reply to 195792
Kuba:
greywar:
So I went to this interview, only problem was that my tabletpc was zapping the heck out of me, and I needed it to show some of my code if they asked for some examples, theres this really cool thing with virtual walls in a 3D environment that I was particularly proud of...anyways I digress. I slipped on a disposable grounding strap to keep from getting the daylights zapped out of me.

One problem-I put it on the wrong hand. I reached in to grab the PC with the other hand, and it proceeded to zap the daylights out of me. And it was BAD, it hurt so much I teared up. I literally sat there being electrocuted for about 5 minutes before something on the pc finally shorted. These insensitive jerks just watched me nearly get electrocuted. I left, no way I wanted to work there.


You're just dumb. It wasn't static electricity that hurt you. Static dissipative straps can be worn essentially on any extremity. They become a trip hazard when you wear them on your legs (duh, dude), but apart from that they work just fine.

As for your predicament -- your tablet PC itself was not a generator of static electricity. Most likely the backlight inverter was somehow shorting to the case somewhere, somehow. Or the mains power supply had bad leakage.


Or he's one of those jerks who goes to a forum and pretends to be the person on the other side of the funny story that was just posted, complete with an unlikely explanation for the person's antics.

Re: The Incredible Shrinking Applicant and More

2008-05-22 12:10 • by ClaudeSuck.de (unregistered)
196271 in reply to 195688
Vaitrafra:
At least, the cocaine addiction can keep you up the whole night while patching up the system you have destroyed in your last cocaine withdrawal.

It isn't so amusing.
P.S. it can even be a cheap yearly bonus.


Well if it's cheap then plz send me teh cocz.

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Re: The Incredible Shrinking Applicant and More

2008-05-22 17:07 • by ClaudeSuck.de (unregistered)
196354 in reply to 195800
th30519:
SQL Warrior:
If you have a central heating system you can also crocodile clip it to a radiator.


That's odd... *because* I have a central heating system, my home does not require a radiator.>?


The question was if you can crocodile clip it to a radiator, and I'm sure you can. I just wonder what the effect will be.

Re: The Incredible Shrinking Applicant and More

2008-05-22 17:45 • by ClaudeSuck.de (unregistered)
196356 in reply to 195802
Dowhat John:
Somehow, based on my own experience, the other side of this interview process probably resulted in a few highly talented experts in the field scratching their heads at their rejection letters and wondering why they weren't selected for the interview.

After all, so many hirers these days pre-filter out the most qualified applicants for all kinds of reasons: too old (over 30); too experienced (past IT experience not exclusively playing computer games); might show current processes up to be inadequate (almost any employer); knows more than the manager (almost any employer); older and more experienced than the manager, etc.


Hmmm! OK, I'm in Europe and that may make a difference. I am well over 40, have some 15 years of experience (OK, it's VB and stuff) what means that I know that everywhere there are enterprisy solutions. They had consultants in their house. Hence, it's a headache all the time. If this was not the case I wouldn't have a job today.

And BTW: of course, there are better ways to do things. But all that crap has often grown in 10 to 30, maybe 40 years. Logically, YOU know how to make it better. The problem is only that a change involves many people. And processes, procedures, I don't know what.
The little change YOU (no, not you, just you) ask for is a major change. You would not change just one procedure but also those which have dependencies.

And YARRRRRRRR!

Re: The Incredible Shrinking Applicant and More

2008-05-22 18:04 • by ClaudeSuck.de (unregistered)
196357 in reply to 195806
John Bigboote:
sugarfree:
just to point out - the first lady was probably a diabetic, and so REALLY did need the sugar.


That's a sizable assumption. If she were diabetic, I imagine she would say "I'm diabetic." I've met plenty of people who use "I have low blood sugar" as code for "I experience the same diurnal rhythms as everyone else, but I feel the need to blame something."

These people are usually pains in my ass, and they make me feel bad for my two diabetic co-workers who have to listen to their bellyaching.


Did they tell you during the interview? How did you react?
Please tell us in four or five sentences.

Re: The Incredible Shrinking Applicant and More

2008-05-22 18:10 • by ClaudeSuck.de (unregistered)
196358 in reply to 195808
[quote user="Ben"]This isn't a WTF. If it's true, it's pitiful and heartbreaking [/quote

Sniff!

(Sorry, had some glassesssss)

Re: The Incredible Shrinking Applicant and More

2008-05-22 18:22 • by ClaudeSuck.de (unregistered)
196360 in reply to 195812
Jon W:
Would our local tax dollars would be better spent in cases like this if they were spent on fewer, more skilled workers? Raises for everyone in government!

But then, those people wouldn't be out in business, working on growing the tax base, so perhaps it's better the way the article describes it.


At least, the money would be used for spelllllllling courses.

Re: The Incredible Shrinking Applicant and More

2008-05-22 20:14 • by real_aardvark
196372 in reply to 196358
ClaudeSuck.de:
Ben:
This isn't a WTF. If it's true, it's pitiful and heartbreaking


Sniff!

(Sorry, had some glassesssss)
Well, there goes that diabetic stuff, I suppose.

Thanks, Claude.

We will meet again, in what no doubt will be a sugar-free environment.

Re: The Incredible Shrinking Applicant and More

2008-05-22 20:21 • by real_aardvark
196373 in reply to 195878
alegr:
real_aardvark:
I'll give you a clue. It wasn't pleasant.

It did involve going blind, kidney failure, and one or two amputations, followed by septicemia.



These are caused by uncontrolled high blood sugar. So sad.
Thanks for the comment.

We're mostly human round here, but it's nice to have that assumption confirmed.

Re: The Incredible Shrinking Applicant and More

2008-05-24 10:28 • by General (unregistered)
196618 in reply to 195692
shenanigans:
Yes?


Glad you're here. Now get 'im!

Re: The Incredible Shrinking Applicant and More

2008-05-27 03:36 • by ClaudeSuck.de (unregistered)
196810 in reply to 195792
Kuba:
greywar:
So I went to this interview, only problem was that my tabletpc was zapping the heck out of me, and I needed it to show some of my code if they asked for some examples, theres this really cool thing with virtual walls in a 3D environment that I was particularly proud of...anyways I digress. I slipped on a disposable grounding strap to keep from getting the daylights zapped out of me.

One problem-I put it on the wrong hand. I reached in to grab the PC with the other hand, and it proceeded to zap the daylights out of me. And it was BAD, it hurt so much I teared up. I literally sat there being electrocuted for about 5 minutes before something on the pc finally shorted. These insensitive jerks just watched me nearly get electrocuted. I left, no way I wanted to work there.


You're just dumb. It wasn't static electricity that hurt you. Static dissipative straps can be worn essentially on any extremity. They become a trip hazard when you wear them on your legs (duh, dude), but apart from that they work just fine.

As for your predicament -- your tablet PC itself was not a generator of static electricity. Most likely the backlight inverter was somehow shorting to the case somewhere, somehow. Or the mains power supply had bad leakage.


or he's just a dick trying to fool you. This story doesn't sound plausible.

Re: The Incredible Shrinking Applicant and More

2008-05-27 03:42 • by ClaudeSuck.de (unregistered)
196811 in reply to 195797
FredSaw:
Just Saying:
I'm a dumbass who hit reply instead of quote.
If you used a registered name you would have access to the Edit and Append buttons after submission.


Not everybody can log on. I am registered but company policies do not allow me to go to the logon page.

Re: The Incredible Shrinking Applicant and More

2008-05-27 03:51 • by ClaudeSuck.de (unregistered)
196813 in reply to 195836
anotherProgrammer:
FredSaw:
SQL Warrior:
The issue is not with her eating during the interview
I'd say it is. She obviously knew there was a likelihood that her blood sugar would get low; that's how she came to have a sandwich at an interview. She could have eaten it just before she came in rather than during.

Consider it part of preparation for an interview along with showering, dressing presentably, with your research on the company and your set of questions for them in your notebook, and having gone to the restroom just prior.


Some diabetics don't have that kind of pinpoint control on their blood sugar levels.


... and some people simply don't get the jobs others can have. Life's a bitch!

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Re: The Incredible Shrinking Applicant and More

2008-05-27 03:59 • by ClaudeSuck.de (unregistered)
196814 in reply to 195841
Slashdot hater, but Slashdot READER:
WHY do I get the feeling that more and more of these "stories" are just that? MADE UP stories?

Come on...this is ridiculous.

What happened to the good ol' days when things that were submitted ACTUALLY HAPPENED???


Could this have something to do with Alex who wanted to change the name but couldn't? This could be a policy of slowly drying out this site without loosing too much face.

Re: The Incredible Shrinking Applicant and More

2008-05-27 07:44 • by George (unregistered)
196846 in reply to 195684
Indeed, 'flames' would have been more interesting.

Seriously though, I was surprised too.

Re: The Incredible Shrinking Applicant and More

2008-06-01 15:39 • by ThatGuy (unregistered)
198214 in reply to 195711
That's why you carry with you a candy that has quite possibly the most appropriate name ever when carried by a diabetic - LIFESAVERS.

My father was diagnosed with diabetes 33 years ago and never goes anywhere without a roll of Lifesavers on his person.

Re: The Incredible Shrinking Applicant and More

2008-06-09 02:58 • by Frax (unregistered)
I would have hired the diabetic over the cocane addict...

Re: The Incredible Shrinking Applicant and More

2008-06-11 14:43 • by Evan Wade (unregistered)
199928 in reply to 195692
For point of reference, I suppose I should have included that it was a disposable grounding wrist strap of the 3M variety. I don't know whether they still make them, but they used to. He didn't actually manage to attach it to anything- he just tried.

I can understand your reaction of pure disbelief to the last two applicants, but I am not stretching anything. Civil service agencies get a lot of "preferred referrals" from community based organizations that assist those with substance abuse issues and mental illness (thank you, welfare reform). Unlike a private business, the law required us to interview anyone that passed the basic screening, which is how we ended up with some of these headcases.

Re: The Incredible Shrinking Applicant and More

2008-06-17 10:00 • by Anamalous Cowherd (unregistered)
200569 in reply to 195699
snoofle:
2. Meeting with potential bosses boss: have you ever done xxx before?

/me does a Mr Spock style eyebrow raise.

Re: The Incredible Shrinking Applicant and More

2008-12-30 06:18 • by sinrtb (unregistered)
236893 in reply to 195738
I don't think you understand type 1 diabetes. Preparing for low bloodsugar is having the sandwich. You cant just eat it because you might have low bloodsugar later.

Re: The Incredible Shrinking Applicant and More

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Re: The Incredible Shrinking Applicant and More

2009-03-25 02:43 • by hoodaticus (unregistered)
251452 in reply to 195701
brazzy:
In fact, touching a live wire would MORE dangerous when wearing such a bracelet (unless you're touching it with the arm you're wearing the bracelet on).
Ignoring the fact that the hand down to the bracelet will burst into flames, and they might even have to amputate...

Re: The Incredible Shrinking Applicant and More

2009-12-28 17:15 • by Rick (unregistered)
Did this state agency happen to be a mental institution (or at least located very close to one)?

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