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20Jun/130

Finding your natural habitat @work: It’s what you do in your free time that counts

When comes to computer programming there are two broad categories of companies - these that produce IT products, and those that consume IT  products(with countless variations in-between).

The skills set for each is somewhat similar yet there's enough difference to apply different criteria to interviewing candidates:

  • A company that lives and breathes technology will be looking for candidates with similar traits. 
  • A company which primary business is anything but - building materials, food, clothes - will be looking for a person with primary interest in business complemented by IT savvy.

So, a question - what do you do with your free time? - helps to clarify your "ideal environment", your natural working habitat.

Additional questions might be - what is your primary sources of information? what site do you open first thing in the morning? Is it Wall Street Journal or SlashDot?

12Mar/120

Apple’s Freudian Slip?

An Apple's ad in the InformationWeek magazine (03/12/2012) reads:

Apple is looking for qualified individuals for following 40/hr/wk positions.

To apply, mail your resume to 1 Infinite Loop 84-GM, attn: LJ, Cupertino, CA 95014...

Given that the ad appears in an IT trade magazine and is placed by a company heavily immersed in IT there is a hope that the pun won't be lost on both the employer and its prospective employees.  🙂

NB: I'll give Apple the benefit of doubt and will not pursue the H1B slippery slope of reasoning