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Re: Re: Re: Re: Number 1 mistake to not avoid during an interview

by Anonymous Monk
on Sep 18, 2003 at 18:00 UTC ( #292474=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re: Re: Re: Number 1 mistake to not avoid during an interview
in thread (OT) Number 1 mistake to not avoid during an interview

Incidentally I should note that I am in the minority of programmers who are extroverts.
As am I, and of course I assume everyone else is like me, which probably had something to do with my earlier comment ;-)

I personally like working in a semi-open environment, not separated from my co-workers by walls and a door, but by natural spatial separations set up by paths and common areas (something like Christopher's pattern 152, "Half-private office" from "A Pattern Language"). I feel comfortable putting on my headphones and ignoring folks when I need to not be interrupted, but like to be generally available. It also helps me give my hands much needed breaks by having natural, social interruptions.

I would be quite interested to see how "introverts" respond to this type of an environment, and whether it has an impact on their general outlook. I suspect if I spent most of my waking day in a room by myself with a door closed that I would consider myself more introverted than I do now.

Okay, I'm done rambling now ;-) Thanks for the citations.

-- am


Comment on Re: Re: Re: Re: Number 1 mistake to not avoid during an interview
Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Number 1 mistake to not avoid during an interview
by bsb (Priest) on Sep 19, 2003 at 03:23 UTC
    I'm an introvert and enjoy exactly the type of office setup you describe (even down to the level of putting on my headphones)

    As to how I respond, well it doesn't affect my level of introversion. I tend to work intensely for a length of time dictated by the problem, then I'll go and talk by the coffee machine when it's solved.

Re^5: Number 1 mistake to not avoid during an interview
by Jenda (Abbot) on Aug 31, 2012 at 16:24 UTC

    Sorry to respond to an almost ten years old post ... If they can, they run. If they can't they shrink into their shell, they curse and they attempt to gradually change their working hours so that they can get some work done.

    Jenda
    Enoch was right!
    Enjoy the last years of Rome.

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