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Telephonic Interview

Yogendra Joshi
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Hey Guys ,

Day before yesterday , I got a call from Athens , Greece for an telephonic interview.

The interview lasted around 22 minutes in which he asked me a lotta stuff on Java and i am happy that after learning K & B Book and from my past classes knowledge , I was able to answer a lot of questions.

Only three questions i am not aware of and i did not answer were "What is Reflection API" , second "What is XML Parser" and lastly "Have you worked on RMI [Remote Method Invocation] Technology". Can anyone of our Howdy Ranchers tell me some information on above questions. I have searched the google and there were lots of resources but i knew that there would be no resource like Our Own RANCH.

Thanks in Advance.


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Joanne Neal
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Those are pretty broad subjects so i doubt if anyone is going to explain them fully to you here. Try reading the appropriate tutorials and then come back if you have any more specific questions.

1. Reflection
2. XML Parsing
3. RMI


Joanne
Mani Ram
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I can help you on the third question:
"Have you worked on RMI [Remote Method Invocation] Technology"


No. I haven't worked on RMI
[ April 26, 2006: Message edited by: Mani Ram ]

Mani
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Kj Reddy
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Originally posted by Mani Ram:
I can help you on the third question:


No. I haven't worked on RMI

[ April 26, 2006: Message edited by: Mani Ram ]


Even I could not able to find no other better answer
Shaan Shar
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I have done some of work on Reflection API's

I can give you a snap shot of the code. which is formatting a bean in user defined format. This is usefull while logging the information which we carry during the entry and exit of any operation.. We use this utility in our project.




I hope i can clear you a bit about reflection API's.

Joanne Neal
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Originally posted by Mani Ram:
I can help you on the third question:


No. I haven't worked on RMI

[ April 26, 2006: Message edited by: Mani Ram ]


You should never directly deny knowledge of anything in an interview
Ryan McGuire
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Originally posted by Joanne Neal:


You should never directly deny knowledge of anything in an interview


Depends on what you mean. There are a lot of ways to say "No" (see below), and any interviewer is going to recognize all of them. But it's better to admit you don't know something than to lie.

True Story
We were interviewing for a mid-level Java programmer. The specific project that was coming up still needed someone familiar with database access from Java. But as long as we had the one interviewee in front of us, we wanted to find out what other areas she had expertise in. We asked if she had much experience with GUI design and the (at that time) new Swing classes. She answered that while she was no guru, she was pretty proficient in those areas and had used Swing on two recent small projects. I asked her which of new classes she used, but she couldn't name a single one off the top of her head. I listed a few, such as JFrame and JButton. Oh yes, she had used those. I then made up a couple... had she used JFrameTable or a JWindowEditor? Yes, she had used those too.

We didn't hire her. In fact we sent a note to our Human Resources department that she was untrustworthy and extra care should be taken if she ever applies for another position.

Before those questions we were basically ready to extend an offer to her. She had the qualifications we needed for the database access part of the project. However, we were willing to prolong our search to avoid someone who flat out lies in an interview.

I would MUCH rather have had her answer that she doesn't know any Swing programming than to have to lie to me. Heck, it would have even been better if she had just given us a plain old "No" and left it at that. We had already told her that it was the DB position we were looking to fill, so I don't know why she felt we needed to think she was a GUI programmer too.

There are better (but still honest) answers than a plain "no" in those situations. Pick whichever one(s) apply:
  • I don't know much about RMI but I've just started reading a book about it.
  • I don't have much experience with RMI, but I'm an active member of an online forum of experienced Java developers called "Java Ranch", so I have a pretty good resource to help me with the subtleties involved.
  • I don't have experience with RMI yet. I had heard that you use it here and that's one of the reasons I'm so interested in getting a position here.
  • It was part of a project I was involved with. We got the RMI layer working early in the project and then were able to pretty much ignore it.
  • While I personally didn't program any RMI, it WAS used in a project I was recently involved with, so I was aware of how it impacted the overall design.
  • I haven't used Java RMI, but I've done some work with CORBA in C++, so I have a good handle on the issues involved.
  • Kj Reddy
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    Originally posted by Joanne Neal:


    You should never directly deny knowledge of anything in an interview


    Nothing wrong accepting we do not have knowledge in particular technology if we did not work on some technology.
    Joanne Neal
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    Hmmm. Obviously the use of a smiley is lost on some people
    Jeroen T Wenting
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    Originally posted by Joanne Neal:


    You should never directly deny knowledge of anything in an interview


    Wrong. If you have no knowledge, admit as much and indicate your willingness to learn.
    If you say you have knowledge and later turn out not to, you're toast. If later during the interview you fail instantly, if on the job it could be ground for firing you on the spot.

    Be honest, and you get a lot further.
    If you don't get further, either you were unable to impress on things you do know or the recruiter in question isn't capable of judging you correctly.


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    Ilja Preuss
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    Originally posted by Joanne Neal:
    Hmmm. Obviously the use of a smiley is lost on some people


    I guess it's more that the exact meaning of the smiley wasn't obvious...


    The soul is dyed the color of its thoughts. Think only on those things that are in line with your principles and can bear the light of day. The content of your character is your choice. Day by day, what you do is who you become. Your integrity is your destiny - it is the light that guides your way. - Heraclitus
    Ryan McGuire
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    Originally posted by Jeroen T Wenting:


    Be honest, and you get a lot further.
    If you don't get further, either you were unable to impress on things you do know or the recruiter in question isn't capable of judging you correctly.



    ... or you really aren't qualified for the job.
    Jeroen T Wenting
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    that would fall under being unable to impress
    Yogendra Joshi
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    Hello All ,

    Thx for the replies sir's.. and a special thanks to Joanne Neal for just small but very important help. Joanne , If i dont understand some part which is explained in those links , I'll be Back asking you questions. Hope you will help me at that time too like you helped me this time and Ryan McGuire to show me the right path how to tackle interview.

    Ryan , In this context i did correct by specifying "NO" on the technology i was not aware of , Had i came here before that interview , I would have got a nice way of saying "No" yet too positive way. Thx again and have a nice day to you all.

    Yogendra N Joshi.
    Shaan Shar
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    Really Impressed by Ryan McGuire's techniques......


    definately going to use in some future coming interviews............if there.....



     
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