Ah, the technical interview. Nothing like it. Not only does it cause anxiety, but it causes anxiety for several different reasons. How many people will be asking questions? From experience I can tell you theres nothing like walking into a room and seeing nine people on the other side of the table. Second, what will you be asked? Youll sometimes hear people say the questions they were asked in a technical interview were easy, which translated means they asked me stuff I happened to know. Sometimes youll hear people say the questions were hard, which translated means they asked me stuff I didnt know, or they asked me about stuff Ive never even heard of. Having been on both sides of the technical interview table, Id like to share some tips for those being interviewed. In doing so, Ill share some of the more memorable interviews Ive been involved in. No good interviewer expects you to know everything. The problem is, youre not always going to be interviewed by someone whos good at it. Sometimes, the person whos giving you a technical interview was asked to do it about ten minutes before you showed up. Maybe theyve never interviewed anyone before, or maybe theyre just in a bad mood. Ive heard of technical interviewers where the interviewer derided an answer, and thats totally unprofessional. Ive had many a job candidate give a bad answer to a question, and my only response was silence followed by moving on to the next question. If your interviewer mocks any of your answers, you didnt want to work there anyway. None of us know everything. If youre asked a question you just dont know the answer to, dont try to BS your way past it. This is a good opportunity to tell the interviewer how you would research that particular question. Its not about knowing everything, its about being able to find out anything. If your interviewer acts like he/she already dislikes you, thats because they do. I once worked with a technician who felt threatened by anyone who applied for a job there, but especially if the applicant had a professional certification and then had the nerve to know what they were doing. This technician participated in a group technical interview where the applicant was an incredibly bright guy, and had a particular skill that the department really needed. Problem was, the technician considered himself the man when it came to that skill. Recipe for disaster, right? The applicant fielded four questions from the rest of us flawlessly, then faced this particular tech for a question. The threatened tech had a list of questions for the interview, but decided to ad lib. Big mistake. He asked a convoluted question that Rube Goldberg would have been proud of. When he was done, the applicant answered: You cant do what you just described. The tech started defending his question, and it became obvious that he hadnt been able to follow his own question! The interview went into a bit of a meltdown from there. Realize right now that there are some unprofessional people out there giving technical interviews. Be prepared for it, but remain professional yourself. Be prepared for a practical technical interview. The best technical interviewers find a way to get you in front of the technology youll be working with. A great way to quickly find out whether you know what youre talking about is to ask you to actually perform common and perhaps some not-so-common tasks. We can talk about technology and take all the computer-based exams we want, but it all comes down to performance. Be prepared to prove you belong on your interview day. Be professional. This covers a lot of ground, so let me make a quick list for you. Show up 15 minutes early. Nothing makes a technical interviewer more surly than waiting for the applicant. Dress for success. The way you look when you walk into a room leads to your interviewers first impression of you. Dont chew gum during the interview. Dont be arrogant. Look, theres nothing wrong with having an ego and acting confident. I do, and you should. But dont come into the interview room acting like youre too good to be there. Finally, relax. Easy to say, hard to do? Not really. Realize that the majority of interviewers youll ever meet are going to be professional about the entire thing. The worlds not going to end if you miss a question. If you were not qualified on paper for the job, you wouldnt be in there. Do not look upon the interview as something negative. Rather, look at it as an opportunity to prove you know what youre talking about. With the proper mental attitude, your technical interview will be a springboard to the next step in your career! Chris BryantCCIE #12933 ____________________________________________
As the meeting comes to a close, your boss smirks with an self assured arrogance. He then says that you should seriously consider his offer, because he has it on good authority, that there may be a very localized downsizing in your department. Wouldnt it be nice to smirk back and just say no thanks. This scenario plays out more often then most people realize. With all of the recent business and government scandals there were a lot of people who knew that books were being cooked, laws being broken and the health of the public being put at risk, just to keep profits high and investors content. Many people felt that there was nothing they could do against powerful executives and corrupt bureaucrats. The credibility of a low level employee compared to that of a successful corporate executive is a huge hurdle to overcome. Also, corporate lawyers are there to defend the company, even from internal hazards. So, once a person decides to speak up, they must be prepared to have their credibility brutally attacked and the onslaught of legal preceding from an all-star team of corporate lawyers. Just the thought of legal proceedings can stop a person from making the ethical choice. Its easy for people to be vilified by their employer, at which point the credibility of the person speaking out is destroyed. How is possible for a single person to fight a company or government with infinite resources? Many years ago, it was practically impossible. However, the digital revolution may have changed the balance of power. For a whistleblower to be effective they need proof of wrong doing and a method to communicate those issues to the public. The availability of compact electronic devices such as digital audio recorders and digital cameras allow an individual to document many of the issues and bring the power back to the whistleblower. The first piece of technology that should be in every whistleblowers repertoire is a digital audio recorder. These devices are so small that they can be put in a shirt pocket without being noticed. Once you decide to blow the whistle you should start recording all of your conversations. Keep a log of the items discussed, so that you can refer to the appropriate recording when needed, otherwise you can spend hours going back over the content. The best part is that these devices are not expensive. A digital voice recorder costs about $100, or many times MP3 players have a microphone built into the device, so they can be used to record conversations. Another device that is very handy is a voice modem with telephone recording software. This will allow you to, hook up your phone, and record any conversations that occur over the phone. If you get fired before you have all the evidence, sometimes telephone conversations, with the people in power, can help to document important facts, because people very rarely think they are being recorded and say things that they probably should not have. Make sure you check your local laws regarding conversation recording. In most places it is legal to record with one-party consent. One-party consent means that if you are involved in the conversation, you do not need to notify the other parties that you are recording the conversation. In Canada, one-party consent is the law. In the United States it is a little more complicated, as some states have their own regulations. You can refer to this recording law chart (http://www.snakeoil.ca/docs/recordinglaw.html) to determine what laws affect you. If in doubt, speak with a lawyer. The third device every whistleblower should have is a digital camera. Many times the violations are in manufacturing or packaging, which could be a public health concern. These can be very hard to document and prove, since the paper records may be manipulated. A picture says a thousand words though, and will help authorities uncover doctored documents. When taking pictures be very cautious as most companies prohibit cameras on their premises. Many cell phones are now equipped with digital cameras, so they are easier to conceal. Take as many pictures as you can and try to prove the date you took them. Some camera have a date stamp feature, even though this is easy to manipulate. The best option is to take a picture of the daily newspaper beside the offending subject. This is very hard for lawyers to argue against and disprove that the violations did occurred on that particular date. The last piece of equipment needed is a computer. When the authorities begin investigating your complaint, you will need to produce your evidence such as documents pointing to the issues. Most corporations are moving towards a paperless environment, which means that these documents will only be accessible by a computer. The other important part your computer plays, is to backup all of those images and audio recordings. Make sure your computer has a CD writer or DVD writer. Take these backups and put them somewhere secure, like a bank deposit box. One area of concern is the removal of corporate documents from the office. This can violate many legal agreements you may have signed. If you are worried about this, there is a very simple solution. Backup all of the evidence files at work and stash them somewhere in the office. In the ceiling or in duct work is a great place. Basically, anywhere nobody ever looks. When it is time to produce these documents, simply tell the authorities that you have stashed them in a safe place at the office. The evidence is kept safe and you havent violated any agreements, a win-win situation. In the future, companies may begin banning digital devices from the workplace for the exact reasons being discussed here. However, if were are persistent, it may go the other way and corporate behaviour may change, which is the ultimate goal of being a whistleblower. The days of plausible deniability and disgruntled employees are disappearing quickly.
Canon inkjet cartridges are known for their reliability, color accuracy, and speed. They maintain printed image quality regardless of how long you use the printer. That means no blurry prints and faded images even after repeated use of canon "inkjet cartridges" .Canon inkjet cartridges are probably the cheapest inkjet cartridges in the world. Easy to refill and use, they are made with the simplest design and manufacturing processes. Unlike other companies, "canon inkjet cartridges" do not contain chips, special modules, or printer heads that do not allow a customer to use cartridges from other manufacturers.Canon Compatible Inkjet Cartridge is perfect for your canon printer model. All the printer models are factory tested and so fulfill OEM specification. The nozzle system in this cartridge is efficient to create small droplets up to 2 Pico liters. This mainly results in clear and excellent images. This compatible inkjet cartridge also indicates on-screen warning so to alert you when ink system is low.As Canon brands are well known it command a high demand. Canon Compatible Inkjet Cartridge are competitive brands and offers quality services at a very reasonable and affordable price. Apart from giving you quality output it works for efficiency of your printer. One can use Canon Compatible Inkjet Cartridge for schools, college, business and government agencies. The Canon Compatible Inkjet Cartridge is perfect for any Canon user, which maintains the quality of their Canon model.Canon today has more than 1,000 patents in the field of cartridge technology, and has remained in the top 3 patent holders throughout the last decade.Canon Compatible Inkjet Cartridge: Advantage It can be refilled until it reaches its wear out condition. It gives you best quality print out at a very reasonable price. You can also get sharp and clear professional images. This cartridge is excellent in its use may be your home, office and school. It is very easy and simple to install, which is efficient in its working.
Is computer rental worth the money? Depending on the type of computer that you have a need for as well as the expenses that you plan to save, computer rental may or may not be the right road for you to go down. One thing is quite certain. That is, there are a number of companies out there right now wanting to provide you with the computer rental that you are after. They offer a wide range of products and services. But, is it worth spending your money on these computer rentals? Or, maybe you should just outright make the purchase? The value of the computer rental is dependent on the need that you have as well as the overall need you expect to have down the road. It makes sense that if you only plan to use the computers for a few days or weeks that you should consider the computer rental industry. Often times it is important to have a large group of computers ready to go but you really have no need for them after a certain point. This happens and it just makes complete sense to use computer rental services. If you plan to rent a computer for a continuous time period, then it may just be well worth it to actually make the purchase. For example, many individuals find that computer rental is a low cost option to purchasing and owning a computer. For personal use, though, it makes very little sense as you will likely be able to find a PC at a much lower cost in the long run. Regardless of your need of computer rentals, it makes good sense to shop around for the right deal. And, it also makes sense to get the exact computer that you need as well as a back up service should you need that as well. Computer rental is something that many corporations need and therefore it is important for services out there to satisfy their customers demands. "Computer rental" services can be found throughout the web as well as in most local areas.
The Twelve Days of SpywareOn the first day of Spyware, A Sender Forger sent to me A SoBig Virus in a Email. On the second day of Spyware, a Phisher sent to me A Nigerian Email Scam, And a SoBig Virus in a Email. On the third day of Spyware, Webforce sent to me A unauthorized Bank Charge, A Nigerian Email Scam, And a SoBig Virus in a Email. On the fourth day of Spyware, A Homepage Hijacker sent to me A Homepage of Sleeze, A unauthorized Bank Charge, A Nigerian Email Scam, And a SoBig Virus in a Email. On the fifth day of Spyware, Advertising Software sent to me A hundred annoying Popups, A Homepage of Sleeze, A unauthorized Bank Charge, A Nigerian Email Scam, And a SoBig Virus in a Email. On the sixth day of Spyware, A Hacker sent to me A Keylogger that stole my Identity, A hundred annoying Popups, A Homepage of Sleeze, A unauthorized Bank Charge, A Nigerian Email Scam, And a SoBig Virus in a Email. On the seventh day of Spyware, A Dialer stealer sent to me A huge Phone bill, A Keylogger that stole my Identity, A hundred annoying Popups, A Homepage of Sleeze, A unauthorized Bank Charge, A Nigerian Email Scam, And a SoBig Virus in a Email. On the eighth day of Spyware, A free download sent to me A lil program that stole my chatroom logs, A huge Phone bill, A Keylogger that stole my Identity, A hundred annoying Popups, A Homepage of Sleeze, A unauthorized Bank Charge, A Nigerian Email Scam, And a SoBig Virus in a Email. On the ninth day of Spyware, A Drive By Download sent to me Xupiter,oh joy, A lil program that stole my chatroom logs, A huge Phone bill, A Keylogger that stole my Identity, A hundred annoying Popups, A Homepage of Sleeze, A unauthorized Bank Charge, A Nigerian Email Scam, And a SoBig Virus in a Email. On the tenth day of Spyware, Grokster sent to me Gator,oh NO, Xupiter,oh joy, A lil program that stole my chatroom logs, A huge Phone bill, A Keylogger that stole my Identity, A hundred annoying Popups, A Homepage of Sleeze, A unauthorized Bank Charge, A Nigerian Email Scam, And a SoBig Virus in a Email. On the eleventh day of Spyware, DoubleClick sent to me Lots of Ad Cookies, Gator,oh NO, Xupiter,oh joy, A lil program that stole my chatroom logs, A huge Phone bill, A Keylogger that stole my Identity, A hundred annoying Popups, A Homepage of Sleeze, A unauthorized Bank Charge, A Nigerian Email Scam, And a SoBig Virus in a Email. On the twelfth day of Spyware, Malware sent to me A unbootable computer, Lots of Ad Cookies, Gator,oh NO, Xupiter,oh joy, A lil program that stole my chatroom logs, A huge Phone bill, A Keylogger that stole my Identity, A hundred annoying Popups, A Homepage of Sleeze, A unauthorized Bank Charge, A Nigerian Email Scam, And a SoBig Virus in a Email! Stay Safe Online and Happy Holidays to you and yours.