Re: Requirements

Subject: Re: Requirements
From: "Herman Holtz" <h -dot- holtz -at- worldnet -dot- att -dot- net>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 9 Jan 2001 15:03:51 -0500

When I first came to Maryland to be interviewed for a tech writing job,
the interviewer asked me if I could write a number for him in Boolean
algebra.

That stumped me for a moment. I didn't know whether my
knowledge/understanding of Boolean was being tested with a trick question or
whether the interviewer was himself innocent of any knowledge of Boolean and
floundering a bit. What I did know was that I could embarrass him, if I were
not careful, and blow the interview.

I decided to risk looking less than completely at home with Boolean,
while not a complete ignoramus on the subject, and responded that I had to
admit I did not know how to "write a number" in Boolean, but I would be
happy to draw any circuit he wished to see in Boolean or convert any
Boolean expression to a block logic diagram.

It turned out to be the right move. The interviewer seeemed to recognize
that he was in just a bit over his head and digressed immediately to another
subject. (I got the job.) - Herm





> > I once interviewed with an engineering manager who saw that I had
previous
> documentation experience with Motorola's 68000 family of microprocessors.
He
> asks me: "So, what's the biggest difference between an EC68020 and an
> MC68060?"
>
> I replied: "I'm sure any good apps or design engineer can answer that
> question. That level of detail is not in my knowledge domain. If I had my
> reference manuals here, I could answer it too. But if you want to know the
> major differences between the 68000 family and the ColdFire family, here
> they are..."



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