31 October 2016

Another Sucky Interview

Went for a technical test on Java, damn difficult, it's not those basic Java questions, they gave me a couple of program codes and asked what is the outcome, can barely answer, without Eclipse so difficult, so used to having the IDE do everything.

Then a lot of trick questions on syntax and whether code will run if not what outcome, finally some real world situations, asked me what I will do if system encounter slowness, or what I will do if I am tasked with migrating a few systems into one system, seriously migration is not a one man job, it takes a whole team to plan for it, how the hell would I know on such short notice lol.

And then some J2EE questions, they actually tested me on scripplets, nowadays I thought industry norm is JSTL, why bother with scripplets unless absolutely no choice.

I really wonder how can anyone pass that kind of test lol, so my strategy was simple, can answer, then answer, cannot answer skip to the next, don't get stuck on one question forever, but I think still ended up doing pretty badly, sad.

4 comments:

tben said...

Remind me of many silly interviews i attended in SG

Once I was asked by the interviewer asking me if I know the colour code for a CAT 5 cable. I told him I do not memorise cable colour codes, I just keep them with my own personal crimp tool. The interviewer boasted to me that everyone in his team knows the colour code and crimp their own cables.

My reaction to him was like ... "ok.. they really got nothing important to do that's why they can afford to waste time memorising colour codes."

Then finally he asked me "If I got ABC and D Candidates why should I choose you?" I just smiled and tell him , "if you got A B C and D, choose them. You need someone you can work with and I am not desperate for a job". He sat there looking @ me with jaw drop. The HR manager was laughing because she know I got him right in his balls. The HR manager had to rephrase the question in a more respectable manner before I gave her a more respectable answer. He already failed my interview and I am not interested to work with him at all.

Honestly, while he is interviewing me to see if I qualify to be his staff, I am interviewing him to see if he is fit to be my boss. Apparently he failed big time and he do not need to explain why his previous staff left the company.

Sometimes I wonder what's the point of some of these interview questions. Do they seriously expect the staff to be able to answer them truthfully or are they just showing off their ability to be jerks. In my opinion the interview is the most hypocritical assessment method that reveals nothing about a candidates actual skill.

I have since left Sg and have settled down somewhere else for 7 years. I decided to find a less toxic work environment to thrive in.

marrythaigirlsingapore said...

Haha, glad to know I'm not the only one who finds it ridiculous, can get really sickening. I went for another interview and it's basically the same nonsense, if they need people who can recite theories they might as well hire a book lol.

tben said...

Interestingly, I started work in Singapore, for 8 years of my professional life, I changed 9 jobs. After I left SG, I stayed in 1 job for 6 years... now have to move to country no 2 because of my family.

What i learn all these years is that back in SG we tend to be very disrespectful and unwilling to work with one another. Its every man for himself, people will be willing to bleed you dry for the sake of their own survival.

There are other places, even though they are not "developed" as sg but they understood the value of respecting their co-workers and working together to get work done. They value what you can do with them and they do not view you as a threat to their livelihood.

marrythaigirlsingapore said...

That's almost like one new job a year, but I can understand why, the work culture here can be rather sickening at times. I think just from daily life you can tell, people here are used to being selfish, sad but true.

That's why I enjoy going to Thailand, people there are more friendly, not sure about their office culture though, but I have PRC colleagues and they are a very sharing bunch, they don't try to keep knowledge for themselves, unlike the locals here.