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California or Washington?

John Kimball
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Joined: Apr 13, 2009
Posts: 96
I was wondering if anybody had insight into this (or maybe the original interview reads this forum!).

I was once asked this question in an interview for a mid-level Java position, in the fall of 2007.

I told him my preference (Washington) and when he asked "why", I told him.
The deciduous rainforest and the climate is to my liking.

He followed up with "no". Aside from that, "why"?


Tech company? Silicon Valley/Apple vs. Microsoft?
No. Why?

No. Why?.

Culture & Mindset?
No. Why?.

No. Why?

No. Why?

Earthquakes vs. Mount St. Helens?
No. Why?

Grrr. I thought about it and queried him for about five to 10 minutes to see if I can get anywhere and I finally asked to move on.
To be honest I should've walked, as it soured me on the rest of the interview which took up three hours and left me a bit drained!

And to this day, I'm still wondering what that was all about!
Bear Bibeault
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Joined: Jan 10, 2002
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It was a test to see how long it took you to figure out that the interviewer was a jerk.

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John Kimball
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Joined: Apr 13, 2009
Posts: 96
In that case, I failed miserably

And sour apples or not, all for the best.
It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.
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