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Warning bells in a potential hire's resume

Warning bells in a potential hire's resume

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When looking through a potential candidate's resume', which of the following ring warning bells:
  1. Their photograph
  2. (a), full size, as a coversheet
  3. "34th level mage, plus 10 for vanquishment, Dungeon Master" listed in hobbies
  4. Referees all have the same surname - as the applicant
  5. Their Typing Speed
  6. The document is more than 5 pages in length.
  7. The words:
  8. "Certified OS2 Developer"
  9. "I have a home network of MicroVaxes"
  10. "MCSE"
  11. "I have 40 years experience in Computing"
  12. "I know C+++"
  13. All of the above.

[The Register]

  • Hmmm. I hit about 75% of those with a guy I interviewed last week.

    BTW, did you know how great OS2 was? I sure do. He told me all about it. For an hour. At least.

    ...Someone shoot me now please....
  • I have been doing a lot of technical interviews lately, and have gotten some real gems.

    This week, a college grad claimed "I know .NET". It was like a hanging curve ball.. waiting to get hit out of the park.

    Me: "Tell me about generation 0 garbage collection."
    Interviewee: "Ummm..."
    Me: "Tell me about the Dispose method. Does the runtime call it for you automatically?"
    Interviewee: "Hmmm..."
    Me: "What are the core differences between deconstructors and finalizers?"
    Interviewee: "Uh..."

    One of my clients is looking for a "code-head". From what I could interpret, that means someone who programs for fun as well as profit, someone who really enjoys programming.

    Me: "What magazines do you subscribe to?"
    Interviewee: "TV Guide. And the local paper."
    Me: "What was the last book you read?"
    Interviewee: "Harry Potter."
    Me: "What was the last *technical* book you read?"
    Interviewee: "MCSD Self-Starter Kit."
    Me: "How long ago was that?"
    Interviewee: "8 months ago. No, maybe 9?"
    Me: "Do you have your MCSD yet?"
    Interviewee: "No."
    Me: "Taken any tests?"
    Interviewee: "Nope. But I plan to."

  • hahaha...can you give the answers to those questions breifly if you such a hot shot! (seroiusly though I want to learn).
  • To answer all of these questions, the common answer is "Applied Microsoft .NET Framework Programming" by Jeff Richter. Don Box's "Essential .NET Volume 1" is also a great read on the same.

    Me: "Tell me about generation 0 garbage collection."

    http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/library/en-us/cpguide/html/cpconautomaticmemorymanagement.asp

    Me: "Tell me about the Dispose method. Does the runtime call it for you automatically?"

    See Brian Harry's post on "Deterministic Finalization".
    http://discuss.develop.com/archives/wa.exe?A2=ind0010a&L=dotnet&F=&S=&P=39459
    This explains the issue in the most detail I have seen to date. Another great resource is MSDN:

    http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/library/en-us/cpguide/html/cpconimplementingdisposemethod.asp


    Me: "What are the core differences between deconstructors and finalizers?"

    http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/library/en-us/dncscol/html/deepc10192000.asp
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