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Is it just me and my head or was it a tremor?

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Aftermath Of Earthquake Tremors

Being a developer, i do get the occasional migranes here and there, now that i’m on a new project using django. So i didn’t thought much of when i felt “Oh my dizzyness is here again…” around 11.50am today.

No it must have been haojie, my fellow developer, sneaking behind me and shaking my chair i felt, so i thought, till my senior collegue Prakash blurted “Is the building shaking?” in his usual gentle voice. And suddenly, after 2 seconds of silence, a few people shrieked “Oh Shiet!!..” and rushed to grab their dearest belongings, including chair pillows, and frantically try to get to the bottom of my building

Well, i, being always as relaxed (I was an Infantry Commander, during my 2.5yrs of national service in the army)  even though this was my first time feeling a tremor, suggested “Early lunch guys..” to my regular lunch mates and off we went to the basement of the tower for lunch. “Will we get squashed half-way through lunch?” alan, our junior graphic designer queried……

Barely 2 hours later, while back in office, we felt the second wave of shakes..Abt 10-12 secs as like the first one. And again some of my collegues went down. Good chance for a quick shopping break? or safety first? I didn’t care. Naive as i am, still sticking to my office to the last moment…………..yeah rite.

The public annoucement for the building then came..abliet late in my opinion, but expected to be so, sounding

“This is the public annoucement service, there is an incident within the building, i repeat, there is an incident within the building. We are currently investigating. Stay calm and wait for further notice.”

As you can guess, well at least those collegues who already zoomed downstairs(It probably wouldn’t mattered if we were at the 50th level), this annoucement is fairly late. We kind of joke that, yes, there is indeed an incident in the building, probably someone shaking this building, and the officals are trying to arrest him…….they make it sound as if only this building “has an incident”…………………


Written by kennii

March 6, 2007 at 3:18 pm

Posted in My Thoughts

IT Interview Tips

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No specific order of importance.

1. Know the company’s profile

  • This is very important. It shows that you have taken interest in the company’s products, services or basic background. The least an interviewer expects is a candidate who isn’t interested in the company itself.
  • Check out the company’s website. Check with the job agency if you’re using one about more info abt the company.

2. Know your bread and butter

  • Depending on companies, you might be asked to take theory / practical test. This should be expected. Expect youself to be tested. Prepare for it. If you’re a java web programmer working on J2EE, spring, struts web framworks with ORM tools like hibernate, ibatis, do read up on basic J2SE knowledge. Brush up on your inheritances and polymorphisms. Do basic CRUD in web programming. Most of the time developers work on higher framework level stuff and forget the basics, which can be expected in interviews.
  • Reverse string questions are the easiest to be tested on the spot. So expect that.

3. Prepare Other Skill/Puzzle Questions

4. Ask Questions

  • As mentioned in many job interview tips, asking questions demonstrates your thoughts and shows keen interest in the company.
  • I often ask about the technologies used in the projects that i will be assigned to. (I rejected a few offers that uses painful technologies such as pure EJB-JSP without an MVC framework.). I sometimes even asked to speak to the programmers there to know more if the interviewers do not consist of any technical personnel, though quite rare. This might sound picky, but the last thing i want is to join a project which has painful stuff. Life’s too short for that.

Written by kennii

March 4, 2007 at 4:30 pm

Posted in Job Hunting