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Land the Tech Job You Love by Andy Lester

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Curveballs

I was on panel of four technical managers and company vice president interviewing a candidate for the director of information technology. The candidate told us about his background as an IT director for a hospital and the achievements that he’d made during his time there. They’d installed a new phone system and PBX, upgraded server infrastructure, and overhauled the help desk. As his direct reports-to-be, we were concerned about his management style, about how he’d run the department, and so on. There were lots of fuzzy nebulous questions thrown around for an hour, and then Jerry throws out a beautiful curveball. “How many 64K channels in a T-1 line?” We were all taken aback, no one more than the candidate. We sat expectantly awaiting ...

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