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Jun. 25th, 2008 @ 07:07 pm INTERVIEW: Result!
Current Location: Paint-Your-Wagon, AZ
Current Mood: ecstaticecstatic
Interview with "big internet webhosting company based in AZ".

on the phone with the Managing Engineer and two Sr Linux Engineers, and I'm ready for the grilling to be brutal.

Manager tosses me an easy question

(Ah I think, he's trying to make me relax and then they'll ask me how to binary edit a corrupt hard drive in Solaris 2.1 - which for those of you that care was only current from 12/1992 to 5/1993)

So I answer his question quickly and with not too much detail but let him know I can find the details if he needs it...

Next question, equally easy.

Third Question, Also easy but we discussed some possible variations on how it might be handled for variations in workflow.

First Engineers turn - typical question Discuss something you're proud of solving. I pull out something that's nearly as obscure as using a raw editor to fix a bad hard drive - and I know that 1/2 way into it I've lost them completely. Maybe they'll look my answer up and find I'm one of the resources quoted on it in Usenet :)

2nd Eng question - Have you worked with hundreds of servers before? Yup, the place I was at had many thousands of servers, and it's fair to say I built 30% or more of them myself.

Mgr asked if there were anymore questions and wrapped up the call.

*blink, blink*

I thanked them and said generally good things, but all the time I'm thinking "this was a 15-20 minute call, what did I do wrong?"

10 minutes later the recruiter calls and gushes "You did great, they want to see you first thing Monday."

Wow, never hit one out of the park before ;)

Wish me luck on the face to face Monday AM!
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Date:June 26th, 2008 02:10 am (UTC)
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*fingers crossed*

(do you know how to binary edit a corrupt hard drive in Solaris 2.1? Sily me, of course you do...)
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Date:June 26th, 2008 02:25 am (UTC)
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Mostly, I know where to find the write up on it, but really it's much more cost effective to isolate the drive, boot from current CD and then just recover the data with current tools.

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Date:June 26th, 2008 02:22 am (UTC)
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Fingers crossed and good wishes beaming. Cheers and hopes, Jean Marie
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Date:June 26th, 2008 03:27 am (UTC)
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Good Luck!
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Date:June 26th, 2008 10:54 am (UTC)
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Good luck! Fingers crossed for you.
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Date:June 26th, 2008 11:43 am (UTC)
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Doesn't sound like you need luck. You've got talent and skill instead. Much more reliable.
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Date:June 26th, 2008 02:08 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, what he said... but good luck anyway. :-)
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Date:June 26th, 2008 03:08 pm (UTC)
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Woot! I get more and more technology informed day by day and yes i did look up how to do that...that thing you were talking about. Ok so maybe I know how to install an Operating system without killing the machine.

Best of luck sweetie I know you will be great!
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Date:June 26th, 2008 04:50 pm (UTC)
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Duly wishing the interview Monday goes superbly and they hand you a lucrative job offer!