Who Knew?

I started to write about the interview today and have no idea what I was saying, looking at what I started earlier.  The short form is it seemed to go okay, I was more nervous than the last one, got a little more experience and prep for next time, and I should know this week.  I had no idea what to say I expected.  I’ve had $25 - 30/hr in my head as a likely range if it’s not really lowball, and if it isn’t relatively higher than I’d expect for the nature of the work.  I’d take it for less at this point, despite being contract, and I’d be delighted if it were more.

The place was easy to get to, not that far really, and the people seemed great.  The products involved sounded quite cool.

I overdressed again, but it’s hard not to.  Once I am dressing uncasual, putting on the full regalia feels like putting on a uniform.  I know it matches.  I know it’ll never be unacceptable.  Deb says it seems natural on me, which actually makes sense.

Anyway, one thing I took away from the two interviews, to my surprise, is that had I kept even a little more of a hand in programming, I could either waltz into a programming job, or more easily get one that might potentially tie into that.  I’ve been wanting to play around more with some new things, like some of the web development options, but I had no idea I’d come across as being painfully close to the droid they were looking for.

And that reminds me of the observations people have made about me.  When I am writing code, it’s like watching unadulterated joy, to interpret one of them more poetically.  One of the best programmers I’ve ever encountered, a former partner, scoffs when I belittle my own ability and potential in that area, and works well with me because I understand him.  Which in a sense is a more generic thing - I can supervise and orchestrate programming work.

It’s one of those ultimate things that’s hard to enter into halfway, though.  I have trouble if I can’t write in an uninterrupted stretch until the thought is out.  I even have trouble prepping, planning, even cooking food with excess distraction.  Not as bad, in a way, but you can’t engage me in conversation when I am, say, cutting stuff.

Still, I’ve wanted to dabble in it, playing guitar, as it were, but thought it would have no point, so I didn’t.  I’ve even felt guilty about wanting to, be it generically playing with a language, or modifying an old program.  The closest I’ve come, since I last tried doing code for the old business, was modifying, and wanting to modify somewhat more, the painting program for kids.  Sadie learned to mouse with it, and still plays with it some.  I’d been thinking I’d clean up some test code, change a couple things slightly, make it so you could toggle easy mode where moving the mouse draws without holding down the button, and make it available for download free.

Thus the title.  Who knew that programming might have been something I could hope to get into?  Or that a strong interest in it would be helpful when interviewing even for work that didn’t seem related.

Posted by on 04/09 at 02:08 AM
  1. Hi! Jen Larson sent me over. Not sure if this will help but I do a lot of interviewing and a while back I posted about it: http://snoozebuttondreams.com/archives/158454.html.

    Good luck!!

    Posted by Jim  on  04/10  at  09:06 AM  from  Lawrenceville, GA
  2. Although I have very little knowledge about programming, and absolutely no training, I love dabbling with codes - it’s like being part of a mystery novel or something.  I’ve been thinking of pursuing training in web design - which I know would be a challenge for me, since I’m only moderately technically oriented - but I think it is so exciting when you can get something to work out like you envisioned, or figure out a problem that has been stumping you.

    Posted by  on  04/18  at  01:00 PM  from 
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