RE: Requirements

Subject: RE: Requirements
From: "Le Vie, DonaldX S" <donaldx -dot- s -dot- le -dot- vie -at- intel -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 9 Jan 2001 12:17:56 -0800

>>What I did know was that I could embarrass him, if I were
not careful, and blow the interview.<<

Good point, Herm. You want to be in control but not at the expense of
embarrassing the interviewer. You can still give them an answer that
satisfies their question (as you did), shows you have the requisite
knowledge (as you did), and allows them to save face (as you did).

The fact that you got the job shows that this approach does work!

Donn Le Vie

-----Original Message-----
From: Herman Holtz [mailto:h -dot- holtz -at- worldnet -dot- att -dot- net]
Sent: Tuesday, January 09, 2001 2:04 PM
To: Le Vie, DonaldX S; TECHWR-L
Subject: Re: Requirements

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

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
> documentation experience with Motorola's 68000 family of microprocessors.
> 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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