Software Industry Interview, Resume, and Career Tips.
Recently, Stout Systems had the pleasure of being the food sponsor for the Great Lakes Michigan .NET Users Group meeting. We love attending these users group meetings because not only does it help us keep abreast of the latest technological advancements, it also allows us to interact with whom we consider to be the cream of the crop developers - those who are so passionate about their craft that, after a long day of work, they choose to spend an … [Read more...]
"If you were to walk on stage, what theme song would be playing…?" I find that most people in the field of technology are not fans of this type of interview question. "I'm a Java developer!" I can hear some of you saying. "Does an employer really benefit from knowing what theme song I want played when I walk on stage?" Like'm or not, candidates need to be prepared, because this type of question does come up. The theme song question … [Read more...]
Who is the happy Warrior? Who is he That every man in arms should wish to be? (William Wordsworth, 1807) If you're at all inclined to read poetry, William Wordsworth describes in extensive detail who The Happy Warrior is. Among other things, "his high endeavours are an inward light that makes the path before him always bright." In less poetic terms, while reading through HR blogs this week I was introduced to the term Happy Warrior in … [Read more...]
Over the years, I've collected a surprisingly long list of things you can do--or not do--that can make or break an interview. I selected the ones that I think are the most important and impactful. I recommend that candidates take the time to review this list both at home as well as shortly before going into an interview. ✔ Show up on time. If you do not know for sure how long it will take to get there, better to be early and sit in … [Read more...]
I hate buying a new car. As if driving to multiple dealerships and test-driving a dozen or more vehicles isn't bad enough, I then ultimately have to agonize over choosing between my top two or three picks. Not a lot of fun for an over-analyzer like myself. Yet it seems that so much of life comes down to this process of choosing between two or three top picks—which movie to go to, which outfit to purchase, which vacation destination to go … [Read more...]