Agnes Hyndman

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Recent posts by Agnes Hyndman

I would like to know if anybody out there would be interested in establishing a sort of "JAVA Job Seekers Support Group" for all those looking in NEW YORK CITY area. The purpose of this group would be to exchange job search tips and leads in order to help fellow JAVA programmers.
I thought about it long and hard and I came to the following conclusion: some of us are actually getting some job interviews - some interviews go better, some go not so good. So if you know for sure that the company will not hire you, why not share your "job lead" with other people looking ? What is not the right opportunity for you, may be a good opportunity for someone else - think about it.
Interested parties please reply to this posting and I'll set something up.
20 years ago
Evaluate all the factors that Mark mentioned - it is a very personal decision and it really depends on your cereer goals. But judging by what is happenning in the telecommunications industry right now, I would go for banking - it may give you a bit more job stability if it's important to you...
20 years ago
Certification will certainely help you in passing a technical interview and it is an excellent learning process but it is in no way a "guarantee" of getting a job offer. Right now employers want solid real-world experience, not just theorethical knowledge.
I am in a similar situation as you - about two years of experience (plus internships) and have been looking for the past four months. My advice for you is not to give up - write some sample applications, mention in your cover letter that you have samples to show etc.
By the way - where do you find jobs requiring 6 months - 1 year of experience ? All the lead I have had so far require about five...
20 years ago
This is in response to Simon's points...
1. So what is the "reasonable" amount to ask for someone with two years of JAVA experience ?
2. Yes, calling recruiter and doing a bit of research about their organization can definitely help - having said that, my conversations with them usually go like this: after describing my background and experience and asking them questions about how they work, what kind of opportunities they have etc..
Recruiter: "How much JAVA experience do you have ? "
Moi: Two years.
Recruiter: "I'm sorry, but I don't have anything for junior/mid-level developers..."
Moi: "But I can learn, will work long hours, am certified..."
Recruiter: "Have you worked with Weblogic ?"
Moi: "I have downloaded an evaluation copy from their website and I know it inside out."
Recruiter: "Listen, do you have work experience working with Weblogic ? NO ? " <click>
And emailing recruiters in response to an add works sometimes - provided you write a really good cover letter... It has to stand out in order to get noticed.
4. SO TRUE it hurts... Well, at least the part about being up against people who have more technical knowledge and experience :-). Having said that, really good people are hard to find - they still are in VERY HIGH demand, and always will be. It is not really related to economic conditions - companies will always be willing to pay a premium for experts in their field...and those people don't need to lower their salary requirements.

Agnes
"Life rewards action."
20 years ago
After reading all the posts here, I felt obligated to put in my 3 cents about the NY area. Well, THE JOBS ARE OUT THERE, I know it for sure (in fact I know of at least 2 open positions right now). The catch ? You absolutely MUST:
1. Have a degree from one of the ivy league schools.
2. MUST have at least 5 years of experience.
Which, of course, I don't have. Does it make me a weak worker ? Absolutely not. I have been working for about 3 years now (including internships while at university). I had exactly four job interviews in the past four months with the following outcome:
1. Interview 1 - "We're sorry - but our budget just got cut...so the hiring is frozen"
2. Interview 2 - "We're sorry, we're impressed with your background and your knowledge, but you don't have financial experience..."
3. Interview 3 - "We're sorry, but you don't have a Ph.D., no financial experience, no Wall Street experience..."
4. Interview 4 - still waiting to hear from them...
Anyways, the point I'm trying to make is that unless you are a very experienced software developer, it is very tough. And Mark, I'm not making excuses - self-study doesn't seem to cut it in this market...
20 years ago
It certainely helps you during an interview - especially if the interviewer is certified as well. They tend to ask very detailed questions.....but of course, having related work experience seems to be of greater value those days than certification alone.
20 years ago
Thanks for your input ! I think the interview went fairly well - as suspected, not technical stuff, just questions along the lines of "What do you think about our opportunities ?", "Why you ? " etc. At the end they asked for references and they said I should hear from them this week. Hope it will work out... :-).
20 years ago
Hey guys,
I have been called for a third interview for tomorrow. The company is fairly small (about 30 people). I have already been interviewed by five people:
1st interview: HR person, project manager, written JAVA test
2nd interview: intermediate designer, senior designer and VP of software development (all technical JAVA, SQL questions, projects I have done etc.)
3rd interview: coming up tomorrow
Can somebody tell me what kind of questions I should be expecting ? Should I be prepared for another technical round or more HR-personal development kind of questions ? I realize that nobody can really predict it but if you have been through a similar experience, please give me some pointers. They mentioned I will be meeting 2-3 people, possibly the CEO...
Any input will be greately appreciated - in this economy, this may be my only chance
20 years ago
As far as my experience with job boards, www.hotjobs.com and www.jobcircle.com seem to have real job postings. I got some interviews by applying through them. Usually if the posting comes directly from the employer (not recruiter) and you meet the job requirements, they will get back to you. So keep your eyes open and good luck !
20 years ago
How about if you ask about the time frame and let's say they tell you "One week - we should know next Monday or Tuesday". And you don't hear anything it that time frame. Is it appropriate to fire them an e-mail inquiring about the status of decision making process ?
20 years ago
I was recently asked how to implement function call-back in JAVA. My answer was to use Observer/Observable interfaces.
Is this answer correct ? Is there a way to do it without using interfaces ?
Thanks for the input !
20 years ago
Yeah, I really enjoyed reading replies about designing an order entry form.....they were rather entertaining....but I think all he wanted was to "get a feel" for my design skills. I guess it fits into the category of "How would you go about designing an application ?"
Anyways, even though I said some nonsense things during the last interview, they called me up for a second interview - got to meet more IT people, some brokers, they gave me a tour of the whole place (again), said thing like "this is probably where you would be sitting".....but still no concrete offer !
What happens now ? How long of a wait am I in for ? Oh yeah, this is a financial company in NYC......it's absolutely killing me !!! I need this job !!!
20 years ago
Hey,
I have been asked the following questions during a recent interview:
You have two tables:
A
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| key | data |
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| 1 | |
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| 2 | |
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| 4 | |
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| 6 | |
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| 8 | |
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| 10 | |
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| 11 | |
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| 12 | |
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B
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| key | data |
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| 1 | |
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| 4 | |
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| 8 | |
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| 9 | |
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| 10 | |
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| 12 | |
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| 15 | |
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| 17 | |
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1. Question_1: How would you select "key" from table A that is both in A and B ?
My answer:
SELECT A.key
FROM A
where A.key = B.key;
2. Question_2: How would you select "key" from table A that is only in A (should return 2, 6, 11)
My answer:
SELECT A.key
FROM A
WHERE A.key NOT IN (SELECT key from B);
Is this correct ?
3. Question_3: Solve question_2 without using subqueries. Is it even possible ?
SELECT A.key
FROM A
WHERE A.key <> B.key;
???
4. Trader comes up to you and says that he needs you to develop an order-entry screen. Describe how you would go about doing it.
Any input will be greately appreciated.
Thanks !
[ May 21, 2002: Message edited by: Agnes Hyndman ]
20 years ago