I know that everyone is saying it�s a buyers market and that employers can be afford to be choosey, but there is being choosey and being impossible. I went through a round of three interviews before being told, that although I came across as friendly enthusiastic and on the button where the technology was concerned, they were not sure that I would fit into the corporate team, that I came across as being a little too into the technical side. This was not for a sales job, pre sales job or even a consultancy, like many other new software houses they had bought a mix of enterprise technology, some of which did not work very well. They needed someone with a good mix of IT knowledge to get all the systems communicating with each other without deadlocking or the host of other problems you can get. The IT Criteria was very tough, but 4 of us made it to the final interview, then they bought in this new corporate criteria and ended up hiring no one. IT companies want individuals today who are very technical, you only get very technical the same way you get to be a good salesman, plumber or recruitment consultant, and that is by practising that skill. It means sitting down in front of a computer for long hours cranking out code, it means spending your evenings, what�s left of them reading technical books, and going to IT seminars in your free time. Of course you end up bloody technical its what you are paid for. Mr or Ms perfect all rounder does not exist and if he or she does he would not be wasting his time working as a software engineer, he would be going where the real money is. Also the final interview just rehashed the old interview, it was not as if he gave me any leads so that I could come across as the type of chap they wanted. Cheers Tony
Hm - well if no one gets hired after multiple rounds of interviews, you can guess it doesn't have much to do with you. It could very well be that the interview committee is in fact applying an impossible standard they were given -- if that's the case, it sounds like they made the right choice. It also sounds like they may have done you a favor in the long-run. Walking into a job with expectations no one can be expected to meet is fun for about 30 seconds, then it's just pure stress. I had this happen to me at one company. I was given responsibilities that mostly weren't under the control of the group I worked for, or which one boss asked me to do and another told me to stay away from. Fun. It wasn't a good time, but the silver lining is I now knew a company I would never work for again, an organizational structure I would never work under again (hint: any IT department that reports to the Finance group), and that most people put up with an amazing amount of shit in the workplace. I don't know how those people do it. Stay strong; find the job that wants you in it.
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Originally posted by Michael Ernest: It wasn't a good time, but the silver lining is I now knew a company I would never work for again, an organizational structure I would never work under again (hint: any IT department that reports to the Finance group), and that most people put up with an amazing amount of shit in the workplace.
What about an IT Dept that is driven by the Marketing Dept? Sometimes those Dilbert depicitions of Marketing have some unfortunate validity....
Hi Matt its in London, England, the company name is Zirkon, they are building a taxie hiring service hiring by mobile. They are looking for Java developers with multi threading experience, weblogic6.1 experience, JMS experience. They are having a lot of probklems i,e weblogic6.1 JMS does not support clustering, deadlock problems with the threading code. So they need some one very technically able who knows how to work hard and play hard because they are a young dynamic company with just a lot of teething problems.