I kept this on the down low for a while because of my job situation, but better late than never. I went to Blizzcon with my brother-in-law, and we got the VIP treatment: front-of-line skips to play the games, free swag (and how!) from the store without waiting in the literally 4-5 hour lines, chatting… Continue reading Blizzcon 08
Some interview questions I’m thinking about
I’m thinking about the following questions. They are to be completed using pencil and paper (or marker & whiteboard) only (and for questions 1 and 2, I’d accept the method and not worry about the actual calculated answer). At the moment, only one of them is a question I’ve actually given at interview. And I… Continue reading Some interview questions I’m thinking about
“Smart and Gets Things Done”?
I work for a big games company as a senior programmer, and I’m a regular on the interview loop. While I’d love to hire candidates who are smart and get things done, the reality of the situation is that more often than not I also have to hire candidates with experience. They have to be… Continue reading “Smart and Gets Things Done”?
Google's NDA: not evil, eh?
ValleyWag: This NDA never existed. Google's NDA: Forbids the interviewee from disclosing that they interviewed or signed the NDA, and anything about the offer. It even forbids mentioning Google anywhere ever again! Forbids any kind of reverse engineering, etc. of Google technology. No exception for reverse engineering for the purposes of interoperability, expressly allowed under… Continue reading Google's NDA: not evil, eh?
My CV, dateline 1995
Dug this up from an old CD archive. As strange as it looks these days, this document, a short cover letter and an hour's interview with Peter Molyneux (we talked about Isaac Asimov and Edward de Bono, ISTR) got me into the games industry. And yet my old CV is a little familiar: I still… Continue reading My CV, dateline 1995
There is a (semi-)famous interview question of the Microsoft type that states “Design controls for a microwave oven.” Well, lately it crossed my mind and I came to a realisation. And therefore I have worked out my answer to this question (not that I will ever interview at MS) and my answer is as follows:… Continue reading Microwaves
…another interview. And another “no hire” recommendation. Sigh. Also today: a half hour power cut which affected the whole of LA's northwest side. A pity it didn't last longer – I could have had the afternoon off! I pretty much figured right away that someone down at the DWP had accidentally cut something they shouldn't… Continue reading Another day…