Interviewers do not always use professional conduct

Did you ever get interviewed by an employer on the LinkedIn platform? I had a couple, and I wasn’t impressed by their conduct. First, they make you do things that are not very affective at measuring your competency of the role you are applying for, then they don’t even bother to contact you if you were not chosen for the job.

I had one business ask me to make a video of myself answering one question. The question was… “When was the last time your employer was impressed with you because you had exceeded their expectations?” After making a video of myself answering the question, I never heard from them again. Perhaps they didn’t like my video? Or they didn’t like my answer? Who knows…? I was applying for a WordPress related job, not a Hollywood acting job.

The details of my answer showed that I was very capable of solving complex issues, and to solve these issues in a timely manner. I will not go into details of my answer to save you from being bored reading this article. If at least they would’ve had the professionalism of contacting me afterwards, I would’ve know what I did wrong, if anything,  and would’ve been better prepared for the next similar opportunity. But this never happened, and I did not appreciate someone making me upload a video of myself, just to never be heard from again. I found this totally unprofessional from this business.

Another potential employer had me go through a heavy syntax test concerning 3 different technology platform. There are 2 main levels within the realm of being a programmer. There is the level of syntax, and the level of logic. At least this process was a bit more related to the role I was applying for. Sure if you are a genius, and can remember all syntax from the top of your head, why not hire that person. Well the most important level in programming is not syntax, but the logic you use in your code. You can easily have a webpage that takes a lot longer to load with bad logic, than having one load a lot faster using good logic. One that has great memory for syntax, doesn’t always mean that he has the best experience to use the best logic. You can read all the programming books you want and even memorize them, but you’ll never know how to program code until you actually physically start programming code.

I remember when I was in college, my math teacher told the class that at exam time, or any test time, the students are always allowed to bring their math books for reference. Some students were surprised that he was so lenient. The teacher replied that he was only using common practices, where the student will be in, when in the actual working environment. On the job you will always have a form of reference that you can educate yourself to accomplish the task your boss gave you to do. So in his mind, it was only fair that you can practice this right now to get passing mark in his class. I totally agree with this concept.

I wrote a very complex application related to managing a golf course. That’s why people like us have portfolios. Your portfolio shows your competency level of being able to accomplish a task or a project. I had never worked with Livewire before, a technology that I used with this project. The fact that I was so successful of using it to have it do the things I wanted it to do, should tell you that I can learn anything related to web oriented projects. I do not want to knock people that know syntax by heart, actually I admire them, but being able to teach yourself something, in a timely fashion speaks loud, and is someone I would choose to hire, over someone that has a good memory. Like my math teacher said, but in our case web technology, there will always be a reference for the syntax. Especially nowadays the web is flooded with references. There was not 1 single question in the syntax questions that I would’ve not been able to achieve had I been on the job, actually it would’ve been really easy to reference some of the complex MySql queries inside some of these questions, but I needed to know them by heart, and that’s not me.

Again just like the first interview I had after completing the syntax test, I never heard from this employer again. A simple “thanks for your efforts, we found and hired someone else.” Would’ve been better to hear, rather than leaving you hanging and never responding to you again. Not professional.

Applying for jobs on LinkedIn is far from my favorite, I shy away from it. Perhaps you will get better luck than I did.