I did a final interview for one of the contract positions I want today. I had this feeling that I knew all the answers and actually was able to provide concrete examples from projects I had done, linked project planning to things which were real world. But I still will not get the job. You ever felt you aced a thing but the person that aces is not meant to get the job? Its like they will take someone else that maybe missed a question or did not know a thing. Maybe its too many damned years doing the same thing. Questions like:
- What don’t you like about doing project management?
- What was the most difficult and the most easy project?
- Name a fruit you like
Well maybe not the last one. The last one was me fucking with you. The first two were probably my life and death for the position. I guess the real truth is I have been doing this for too long. I need something else. I know the answers to the 1.5 hour questions too well. I know how to answer all the up and down ones, all the tricky ones, all the ones meant to mess you up. I don’t get messed up too often. I also don’t ever tell lies in an interview. I don’t want them calling a reference and that person saying something incredulous.
Now if I can just get the damned thing and get the f away from where I am.
I really hate this about technology jobs. Its like buying a car. The next car is always best, the last one was crap. The current one sucks. When I did archeology interviews were easy. The project person would ask if I wanted to work on a thing and tell me when to be there. I would agree. Done deal.
I have two or three other high stakes positions which I’m in the hunt for. One is a tactical engagement. Move this stuff from here to there and get done by X date. Another is a long term relationship with a technology partner. The first one is ending up at an IBM data center. That created some interesting dynamics in the interview when I told the interviewer that I knew how IBM managed their data centers because I did that for almost 2 years. We will see where it goes.
I also got an invite for a nice sounding position with NTT doing infrastructure projects. We’ll see how that goes as well.
The Startup Thing
I feel we are at this important point in our little startup. We need to get the business side of things done. Outline how we will become a real entity for our business advisors. We cannot just be 4 guys who are doing a cool thing. No amount of pushing will get this done unless I do it though. I get the feeling that my colleague is not so interested in doing the business as he is in finding cool technology toys we should go look at. We have a set of business advisors that can help us track this thing. We need to do our parts. Once we get the LLC done, we can get the EIN, get a business bank account. Brand the business and be able to do work in the state of California.
The end of the game for the current $COMPANY
The current place is fading fast. Soon another memory of perhaps a failure or a thing I jumped out of just in the nick of time. I don’t like ignoring the voice when it speaks. I have ignored it before at my peril. A friend told me its my conscience. I will listen forever now to the voice because when I have not, bad things came along.
Well, that’s about it dear blog and my one reader who will post the usual spam that aKismet will carefully file away so I don’t ever see it. To the guy that seems intent on telling me about SEO, I don’t fucking care. Okay? Your comments really don’t get seen until I’m bored one night and then I do a blanket delete