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Expectations from a person with 1.5-2 years of experience in Java

Harish V Gupta
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What is expected from a person with 1.5-2 years of experience in Java?? How this kind of person is evaluated in the interview??
Jeanne Boyarsky
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I expect someone to be able to write code. I expect someone to know the technologies he/she says have been worked with. Basically, I want to see evidence of learning, paying attention and skill. To evaluate future potential.


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Harish V Gupta
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Thanks for your response Jeanne... Can you tell me what do we mean here with technologies?? I will tell you my problem Jeanne. Actually I am working in an IT company on an application I am not interested in. I am interested in Java. Right from the day I joined the company, I have been studying Java. Just two months back I wrote SCJP and I am now studying J2EE and planning to take SCWCD exam in 2-3 months. As soon as I am done with this I will start applying in other companies for Java position. Thats why I want to know the expectations from the companies(basically interviewers). I will start working on it to prove myself in Java.
If you can give some of the probable questions that might be asked, it will be more helpful.
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If you say you are SCJP, I expect you to know Java well. If you say you worked on a web app, I expect you to know web app development. If you say you worked on JPA, I expect you to know JPA well.

Even if you aren't interested in something you did it and acquired some knowledge.
Vishal Hegde
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Dear Jeanne,

Harish V Gupta is working in some other domain for 1 and half year so aint his thoughts going to blur on what he has learnt on core java and gain knowledge in what he is not liking and right now all he will remember is the experience of that domain in which he worked right??


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Vishal Hegde wrote:
Harish V Gupta is working in some other domain for 1 and half year so aint his thoughts going to blur on what he has learnt on core java and gain knowledge in what he is not liking and right now all he will remember is the experience of that domain in which he worked right??


Isn't that the purpose of the interview? If someone says that they are a SCJP, then they should have those skills. If those skills are rusty due to lack of usage, or if the SCJP was obtain via rote memorization, it should come out during the interview.

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Jeanne Boyarsky
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Vishal Hegde wrote:Harish V Gupta is working in some other domain for 1 and half year so aint his thoughts going to blur on what he has learnt on core java and gain knowledge in what he is not liking and right now all he will remember is the experience of that domain in which he worked right??

I'm going to give an example for a scenario similar to Harish's so I can insert some details. Suppose person X has trained to be a Java developer and taken the SCJP a year ago. After looking for a job for 3 months, A found one working with PHP. (or working on a help desk, or fixing networks - it doesn't actually matter.) A stayed at that job for a year and is now ready to look for a Java job again since A doesn't like PHP.

As an interviewer, I am looking for a junior Java developer. If Java is on the resume, I expect A to know Java. If SCJP is on the resume, I expect A to know some subtitles of Java. This is true whether A has worked with Java in the past year or not. A is sending me a resume. I certainly expect A to brush up on the skills listed on the resume. A said he is SCJP not "has a passing familiarity with Java."

The other thing I am looking for at an interview is soft skills, work ethic, experience gained at the previous job. For this part, the job doesn't have to be relevant to Java or even IT. When interviewing interns, we talk about working at a camp, in a store, etc. I understand their life goal isn't to work at the golf store. But if teh candidate didn't learn anything at the previous job, why should I expect the case to be different at my company?

As far as bluring, that's fine. I'm not asking where each fact came from. If the recent experience has replaced all Java knowledge, that's not good though.
Vishal Hegde
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Jeanne,

One more query if the person knows the basic in core java and a little bit of JSP and Servlets and he wants to know more about it (like you do, enough that he can attain black belt in KnowledgeBelt), just by working on that domain..will you be hiring that candidate?
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Vishal Hegde wrote:One more query if the person knows the basic in core java and a little bit of JSP and Servlets and he wants to know more about it (like you do, enough that he can attain black belt in KnowledgeBelt), just by working on that domain..will you be hiring that candidate?

I assume that someone with little experience wants to learn. That's not a differentiating factor. You are asking if I would hire an entry level candidate. It depends on how they are on everything else. Which goes back to what I described above.
Vishal Hegde
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Thanks Jeanne
 
 
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