I have been in the job market for a while now and I have talked with numerous recruiters and HR personnel. Many times their accent to too thick to understand or they pronounce acronyms incorrectly, but I ran into one recruiter email today which made me laugh heartily for a few minutes.
Excellent problem-solving and coding skills
Good understanding of POOP (Principles of Object Oriented Programming) and coding best-practices, e.g. unit testing, reusability, refactoring, etc.
Experience with database development and design, both with RDBMSes and NoSQL solutions
Familiarity with web application architecture and deployment
I didn’t realize that some of what I learned in college was literally “crap”.
A tale from the “strange, but true” section of my career, which at this moment is a cross between small, independent computer consulting and searching for a decent company to provide a more steady income.
On my way to the office for my final interview on Wednesday, I received a call wondering if I can move the meeting up a half an hour. Apparently, the big wigs in the company called a last minute, all partner meeting and my interviewers wanted to make sure there was enough time to go ahead with mine while still being able to attend the recently called meeting. I had left home early to make sure I got there in time, so this schedule change was no problem for me to accommodate.
The final interview goes well. The company seems fairly well run and everyone I had met were both professional and friendly. All that was left to be done was to go over the fine points of the contract to make sure everything was clear and equitable.
The next day, the headhunter agent that arranged for everything called me up to let me know that the position I was applying for had been eliminated due to budgetary constraints. This was a direct result of the big meeting that occurred right after my final interview the day before. So instead of going into the office to sign on the dotted line, I had been furloughed. The company asked for my permission to keep my contact details so they can call me up and see if I’m still interested and available when the position opens back up — but that could be another quarter or two.