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Even with an interview cheat-sheet, an over-40 American Citizen can’t get the job

I went in for an interview for a job last week for which a recruiter from a local recruiting firm had submitted my resume.  The recruiter had already placed someone from India in this particular downtown Seattle company about a month before.  In fact, the Indian made note of all the interview questions that he was asked in order to get the job, and forwarded those questions, with the answers, to the recruiter in an email.  This cheat-sheet was then forwarded to me via the recruiter, and I was even given contact information for this Indian so that I may get a first hand interview prep if desired.

I didn’t contact the Indian, but I did look over the cheat-sheet containing over 25 questions.  At the top of the list were two semi-tricky SQL questions, one involving a “Left Outer Join” and the other involving a table “self join” where you have to use aliases to complete the SQL query statement.  The remaining questions on the list included some .NET questions, as well as some more general questions.  It was a pretty thorough list.

The cheat-sheet was very accurate.  When I appeared for the interview that was scheduled to last 2 hours, I met with 2 people simultaneously.  Both are managers for the development of the software product that the company was built on, which is a web based investment management application.  After the initial small talk was over, they started the interview off with those two SQL questions right off of the cheat-sheet.  Of course, I worked out the problems in front of them (I didn’t rattle off SQL statements like I had them memorized from a cheat-sheet).  They seemed very happy that I came up with the correct answers.  They proceeded to ask a few more questions that were on the cheat-sheet.  However, they only asked about 8 of the questions off of the list of over 25 questions.  They didn’t even ask any of the .NET questions.  Then the interview was over in less than an hour.  That was when they told me that they have several other candidates that they are interviewing over the next couple of weeks and that it would be at least a week before they could get back to the recruiter or me with a decision.

The next day, they told the recruiter that they were turning me down for the job because my .NET web experience wasn’t recent enough.

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About two months before this, I had an interview at Amazon.com here in Seattle.  This interview had a computer programming problem for me to solve.  I didn’t have a “cheat-sheet” for this interview, but I was told at the interview that I had the best solution that they had ever seen in an interview.  That sounded great.  Amazon is right up there with Bill Gates saying that they want to hire the “Best and the Brightest”, and I just proved to them that I am in that category.

What was the result?  Well, two days later, I heard from the Amazon recruiter.  She told me that they were not going to hire me for the position.  I asked her why.  She responded “It is not Amazon’s policy to give a reason as to why you were not hired.”

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At the end of last week, I went to yet another job interview.  I am still waiting to hear back from this one.  I thought the interview went well, but I have long learned now to not put any stock in how well I think an interview went.  I did find a comment of one of the interviewers interesting however.  He said “It’s hard to find anyone with .NET experience in the Seattle area.”  I find this comment particular interesting, given that my interview was taking place in a conference room, within this company’s rented facility, that is less than a 10 minute drive from the location where .NET was invented and developed – Microsoft.  It was on this same Microsoft campus where I began working with .NET, back when .NET was nothing more than an initial internal-use-only alpha release.

Bill Gates was in DC for another push for more H-1B VISAs

Bill G was in Washington DC for his periodic fawning of his ego from congress.  He was also there to traitorously push for more cheap foreign labor to harm the already struggling American technology worker even more.  See the enclosed clip for a Lou Dobbs report on Gates’ visit to DC where he repeatedly stabs American workers in the back.

Bill Gates is at it again

What is it with the super wealthy in this country?  They make their billions in this country and instead of just retiring and disappearing, they keep pushing economic policies that continue to run the middle class into the ground?  And they continue to do this even though the economy is going into the tank.

Bill was up in Canada spreading the “technology worker shortage myth” claiming that poor Microsoft, the alleged victim of the “strict government H-1B policy” cannot hire enough technology workers in the U.S.  This is his big lie that he continually repeats. 

If hiring talent was a problem for Microsoft, I would probably be working there right now, instead of working temporary contract jobs with weak benefits and no hope of being able to save for retirement.  If Microsoft has a problem hiring talent, it is due to the age discrimination that they practice, along with all the other big corporations based here in Washington State (and across the country).  Also, they need to fix the way that they deal with contractors.  They hire thousands of contractors, which make up most of their workforce now days.  The contractors also have a limit of 1 year on the job, after which they are forced to leave Microsoft and seek employment elsewhere.  If Microsoft was really having trouble hiring, they would put a stop to this practice as well.

Also, if the talent is abroad and not here, why doesn’t Microsoft just move its headquarters out of this country?  I’ll tell you why.  The United States has become a tax haven for big business.  Don’t let the advertised corporate tax rate fool you.  With all the loop holes that have been systematically worked into the tax laws, and the neutering of the IRS where it can no longer enforce these laws, corporations can limit their tax to a negligible amount, or to nothing.  On top of that, they get tax breaks/payoffs from the U.S. government at the taxpayers expense (because the government is still under control of the “trickle down voodoo economics” crowd).

What it boils down to is this: Microsoft stays in the U.S. for the huge tax incentives, and yet still wants the cheep labor from abroad, all because the name of the game today is to get nothing short of record profits and more money for the super wealthy.  It’s that simple.