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Re: On Interviewing and Interview Questions

by Your Mother (Bishop)
on Aug 27, 2005 at 05:01 UTC ( #487098=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to On Interviewing and Interview Questions

The one I always ask is:

What's the worst mistake you ever made at work and what did you do about it?

And I expect something pretty bad from anyone who's innovative or star material. I expect the type who has difficulty with integrity to not have any answer and dance around it till something lame occurs to him or her.

There is no right answer, of course. It's a chance to give a short character essay on oneself. The best replies I've heard for it tended to involve the most catastrophic kinds of mistakes. How the candidate discuss it and its result is the meat.

Update: Oh, ++, of course for the OP; and my own worst was pretty bad and I paid for it with an 85hr week and a crash course in Oracle queries; you won't get the story because even with the successful penance quite a few customers paid for it too.

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Re^2: On Interviewing and Interview Questions
by eduardo (Curate) on Aug 28, 2005 at 00:45 UTC
    i bet someone once that the command:
    cat /dev/urandom > /dev/hda1
    wouldn't do anything. i was very wrong... on a production server. amazing the things that happen when you're *really* sure you're right :)

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