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…
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>
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!