Mike’s Dump

August 14, 2006

Has the world gone completely mad? Part 1 Beggars Can’t be Choosers

Filed under: World gone mad — mikesdump @ 1:46 pm

I have always wanted to write a series. I have thought about writing a series on NAnt but Jean-Paul Boodhoo beat me to it. I have tried to think of a technical series I could write about but it all has been done. It can’t be just any idea either. It has to be something that I feel passionately about. An idea that gets me fired up when I’m typing. An idea that will allow me to connect with my readers (*yes, all 3 of my readers*)
Mike over at sideline gave me an idea a few months back. During the conversation he asked, “Has the world gone completely mad?” I don’t remember the reason he asked the question but at the time I knew the answer was obvious.
It has taken me a while to get started but I intend to demonstrate over several posts that indeed the world is not what it once was. If it isn’t there already it has already gone completely mad!
Beggars Can’t be Choosers
I took the family to The Outback Steakhouse this evening. Sandy and I were talking and she says,
“By the way. I was suckered {by a legit charity} into donating $25 buck to something or other today.”
“Suckered? What happened?” I asked.
Sandy: Hello
Solicitor: Mrs. Frizen (that isn’t how you pronounce our name)
Sandy: Friesen� yes
Solicitor: Blah, Blah, Blah
Solicitor: and if you donate� blah, blah, blah,
Solicitor: and children will be singing in the streets� blah, blah, blah
Solicitor: blah, blah, blah, it could even repair the ozone layer blah, blah, blah
Solicitor: most people donate 20, 30, or 40 dollars. Are you able to help us out?
Sandy: �,�, Fine� I’ll donate 20 dollars
Solicitor: 20 dollars eh? Could you do 25 dollars? Only if you are comfortable with $25
Mike: WAIT! Are you telling me the guy from the charity was haggling with you over your donation?
Sandy: Yep
Mike: That’s nuts! The world HAS gone completely mad! When we get home I have to add this to my blog. That’s just stupid!
“BEGGERS CAN’T BE CHOOSERS!” Anyone remember that? The only thing that could have made this worse is the guy on the phone saying, “$20 dollars. You’re wasting my time and hanging up on Sandy”.
I will never buy a product or donate to a charity that phones me. We give to several charities a year. The charities that we normally give to are charities that don’t call us. In my opinion giving money to a solicitor is like responding to SPAM. Try to make our world a saner place don’t give money to solicitors!


August 8, 2006

Key Interview Answers to Prep

Filed under: Work — mikesdump @ 2:21 pm

I received an email the other day from a local headhunter providing advice on how to prepare for you next interview. Their answer to a common question that caught my eye was this one:

5. What did you dislike about your last project or job?
You need to be cautious about these kinds of questions and make sure you do not end up making any negative comments. You need to turn this question into a positive one. It may be best to say that you really enjoyed many aspects of your past project, then focus on how this new project will give you the opportunity to contribute more in a particular area that is key to the position.

Umm, What!? Make sure you don’t end up making any negative comments? Doesn’t “dislike” imply they are looking for some negativity?
Let’s pretend your current position has you at your knees from “Analysis Paralysis”. If all you are after is getting the new job by all means lie through your teeth and tell them how much you love every aspect of your job. But, if you are trying to find something better and don’t want to move from one bad situation to another I would try one thing, the truth.
I don’t believe you have to slam you current/previous employer but be honest about what you like and what you don’t. If you hate the development methodology don’t say your current project manager is so non-agile that they can’t spell XP. Try, “I don’t see any opportunity to be involved in an agile project with my current employer. I have read about Extreme Programming and Scrum and I’m interested in being involved with a team like that. What type of development methodologies do you use here”?
Too much focus is put on “surviving” the interview that sometimes people loose focus that they should be trying to determine if it is a place they want to work.

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