I had the first interview of my unemployment career today. It went so so. I never feel like I do well with tech interviews.
I was not a technological stand out. I knew about 50% or so of the questions asked. Some, I had no idea what they were talking about!
There were a couple of things I knew that others interviewed didn’t know or had never heard of. One example, a Virtual Private Database, is a pretty important concept, so that may work in my favour.
They seemed impressed by the questions I asked. It seemed they were impressed because I even asked questions.
Over the years of looking for jobs, I have realised a job interview isn’t just for the employer to interview the prospective employee, but also for the prospective employee to interview the employer.
If we think about it, if hired, do we want to walk into a situation that we know nothing about?
I would prefer not to take a job with a micro-manager. On the opposite end of the spectrum, I don’t like working for someone who doesn’t actively manage, either.
Jumping into a dysfunctional team isn’t the best of situations. A team that can work together, help each other, and bounce ideas off one another is the best environment. Working with people who are afraid to share because they want to get the credit for everything is bad for the morale of those team members that think teamwork is important.
The job sounds interesting. I think the challenge will be learning the systems themselves, but after that, I’m not sure. I’m also not sure about the speed in which they want to make their decision. Interview people this morning and offer this afternoon. Maybe I feel that way because I don’t want to be forced into making a decision that fast.
There is also the consideration that this is only a contract job, advertised for 8 months. As with all contract jobs, there is always the possibility of it going longer, but that is not a guarantee.
It’s a lot to consider. I am unemployed. I will have no income after April 30. What is one to do when faced with a short-term contract situation when a full-time position is wanted?
Do I take a short-term contract position just to bring in income? With that, there is the possibility of having to go through the job hunt again in a few months. Not a pleasant prospect.
If I take a contract position, do I continue to look for a full-time position? This goes against my general way of thinking. I made a commitment to the contract position and to not take it/quit in a short amount of time would bother me.
It’s a question of what would bother me more, breaking the commitment I made or not doing what I feel is better for me and my family. How does one decide?
Quite frankly, I would do what is right for me and my family. There seems to be little or no commitment from employers to employees any more. As employees, we have to do what we feel is best for ourselves.
It’s probably a moot point, as I do not think I will be offered the position. I think they are looking for someone with much more DBA experience than I have. I am a programmer. I can write code all day long, but I don’t know much about database administration.
I hate interviews.