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Interviews from Hell, Part 1.

Posted by mattray on March 19, 2008

This wasn’t my interview, but I had to get this out in public. One of my recently laid-off friends (we’ll call him “John”) was interviewing with a CRM-type company for a Tech Lead/Senior Developer position. He did the standard in-house process of several 30-45 minute interviews with assorted people on the team until he got to “Dave” (John said he doesn’t even know if he gave his name).

Knights Who Say Ni

After a series of mumbling technical questions, here’s a paraphrased transcript:

Dave: ... and that's why Left Outer Joins are so great.
John: Sure thing.
Dave: So in Monty Python's Holy Grail, what is the word that the Knights who Say Ni can't stand?
John: What?
Dave: You know, Holy Grail.
John: Seriously?
Dave: It's "it". Moving on.
John: OK.
Dave: What is Asimov's Second Law of Robotics?
John: What?
Dave: You know... I, Robot?
John: I have no idea.
Dave: Hmm.... ok, here's a tricky one.
John: OK.
Dave: Given an 8 hour workday with lunch and breaks, how much wood would a woodchuck....
John: Don't know. Next question.
Dave: Oh... well how about...

Dave continues to ask a series of nerd questions to which each response is:

John: Don't know. Next question.

Dave: (at end of list) Well, it looks like the only thing you have going for you is that you knew about Monty Python.
John: (stands up and walks out of interview)
Dave: Wait!
John: Insulting people in an interview is a waste of time, I'm not a sci-fi geek.

To quote a former IBM tech writer… “YOU GODDAMN NERDS ARE WEARING ME OUT!”.

…to be continued.

2 Responses to “Interviews from Hell, Part 1.”

  1. Cote' said

    I once had someone ask me who I thought would win a fight: Superman or Yoda.

    That job didn’t turn out so well.

  2. I hope for the sake of the potential internet content that he gets an offer and takes the job.

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