Periodically I’ll put myself through the interview process. Every once in a while I find a job that really gets my attention and warrants the time. It’s safe to say that when I interview I really want the job (I don’t let it get to that point if I’m not interested, ask the 20-30 recruiters who contact me every week, my usual response is “sorry – no bid.” But one of the added bonuses of interviewing is that you get to brush up on your interviewing skills.
I went on a job interview a couple of weeks ago for a major university in the Washington area. (Limited number of options for who this is, I just won’t use the name out of a sense of professionalism)
I came out of the interview feeling like I Aced the interview, my resume had them all talking, just about everything they’re planning on doing in the near-to-distant future I’ve done at least once in my past. I answered almost every technical question they could through at me.
So why didn’t I get the job? A large part of it is that I’m mostly trial-by-fire taught. (a friend calls it Death-by-PDF) The long and the short of it, no degree. I should have guessed that not having a degree would handicap me greatly going into the academic world.
Now don’t get me wrong – I’m not heart-broken that I didn’t get the job. I do very well right now and this job was probably going to mean a 20-30 percent reduction in salary. (Though other benefits kind of made up for the loss)
My first hint of trouble was going into the interview with someone who held the title of Deputy CIO. Seems the CIO is retiring in a few years and this guy is slated to replace him. He only recently got his degree, having first gone through the air-force and through a number of jobs in-between, then pursuing his degree.
So I ask this open question. What degree would one recomend for a storage professional? a Management/Information Systems degree seems a bit vague, and might qualify, anyone going into Business Administration wouldn’t be well suited for hands-on design, planning, implementation, – (though most of the MBA’s I know can’t even manage a business to save their lives)
I spent my coming-of-age building IBM PC-XT clones. Running online bulletin-boards written (by me) in BASIC (when my connection speed was a screaming 2400baud) and generally trying to find out as much as I could about as much as I could, where my contemporaries were studying philosophy and religion I was digging through code manuals and trying to find new and better ways to write code.
For the last ten years I’ve been, as I call it, “Storage-Centric.” From my first disk-to-disk data-migration in 1998 I was completely hooked. And it’s all gotten better since.
So the certain University has chosen, I presume, to hire someone degreed over someone qualified. Who knows. Maybe I’ll end up working for them as a consultant in the future.
Not likely though. 😉 I’m too mouthy.