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Have you ever played the dumb puppy part?

 
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Have you ever experienced a job interview where you happened to be technically superior to the interviewer/lead developer - and hell the whole team? Have you sensed their fear of hiring you - since you could very well do their job and do it 2x better?
My professor used to tell us (in a joking manner), if you want to get an "A" you need to play the dumb puppy part.
 
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Why would you want to work there? Always try to work with people smarter than you. :-)
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Originally posted by Mark Herschberg:
Why would you want to work there? Always try to work with people smarter than you. :-)
--Mark


That is one way to get better. Failing that, one can hang around at Javaranch where there are many people smarter than one. Speaking for myself only, of course!
 
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Originally posted by Sam Kebab:
Have you ever experienced a job interview where you happened to be technically superior to the interviewer/lead developer - and hell the whole team? Have you sensed their fear of hiring you - since you could very well do their job and do it 2x better?
My professor used to tell us (in a joking manner), if you want to get an "A" you need to play the dumb puppy part.


My current supervisor made a protestation of humility yesterday (he's technically not as strong as I am). I pointed out two things:
First, that I'd seen him presenting in meetings, and that I wasn't able to do that well. Very true. I'm game but my presentations can be rough.
Second, that he has much better domain knowledge and customer knowledge than I have. Also true. He's been here several months absorbing information. I've been here three weeks doing scoping and requirements. Very narrow focus. When I need the broad picture on something I go to a few people and do a brain-suck. This guy is one of the ones I use for that.
A good team takes a whole range of skills. To go into a situation feeling superior to other team members is arrogant and condescending, true. Worse, it usually is just plain wrong! Such attitudes can get in your way.
[ September 10, 2003: Message edited by: Alfred Neumann ]
 
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Originally posted by Alfred Neumann:

A good team takes a whole range of skills. To go into a situation feeling superior to other team members is arrogant and condescending, true. Worse, it usually is just plain wrong! Such attitudes can get in your way.
[ September 10, 2003: Message edited by: Alfred Neumann ]



Very good point.
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Well said Alfred.
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that said. I'd still prefer to work in a team where everyone else is smarter than me.
 
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I agree. Me too.
Thanks for the input everyone.
 
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