Keith Combs' Blahg

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IT Pro Interviewing - Level 100

IT Pro Interviewing - Level 100

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Once upon a time ago, Kai Axford an I were interviewing candidates for the Third Amigo.  Kai and I looked down at the resume for the next person and it had Matt Hester's name on it.  I looked at Kai and we both rolled our eyes.  We knew disaster was about to strike.  But we decided to give Matt a shot at joining the crew.  We had high standards, at least at that point.

Matt was already in a interview room along the hallway with other finalist candidates.  Kai and I walked in and shook Matt’s hand.  We all sat down and got comfortable.

Microsoft has a reputation and history of having some interesting interview techniques.  Problem solving skills are tested.  Open ended questions might be asked.  I dropped a bomb on Matt to see how he’d react.  I said, “Matt, you know those interviews where they ask lots of questions with no particular right or wrong answer?”  Matt answered, “Yes.”  I replied back, “This is not one of those interviews.”

Matt kept his composure and didn’t wet himself.  Matt, Kai and I joke about that interview off and on with nothing but affection for Matt.  Grin.  I couldn’t help but think of it when I watched the following. 

In Matt Hester’s honor…

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  • You let just one Ohio State fan in and the whole company starts to go downhill! :) We thougth we had Matt once we started drawing Active Directory clouds on the whitebaord, but he managed to make it through. His interview-fu is strong! Still one of the best hiring decisions we ever made.

    P.S. I didn't see any reference to YOUR interview with me, Keith <lol>

    Kai

  • Hilarious video

  • My interview with Kai was worse. It was either get past him or I'm homeless.

  • All I have to say is, A: I got the job and B: OH...  Go Buckeyes!