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Confidence? Does that include the confidence to let the interviewer know that you don't want to work with him/her?
I guess. The moment that you feel you don't want to work with them, you can end the interview right there (you don't need to be impolite) so you stop wasting both people's times.
That little truth-bomb was pretty much the end of the interview.
Although I can understand the motivation for having a little bit of fun before ending the interview, I wouldn't do it myself. That's a little bit of my life experience that what goes around comes around.
To alcohol! The cause of, and solution to, all of life's problems - Homer Simpson
Our heads are round so our thoughts can change direction - Francis Picabia
It works both ways, I have interviewed with very inexperienced interviewers who were so nervous that as a young man I was unequipped to deal with that. In that instance, neither has a strong enough personality to make the interview work.
In other situations I interviewed with an interviewer who had a really strong personality. It felt like an interrogation, I came out shaking, though I did get the job. It turns out he was doing that on purpose and he was impressed that I did not break down during the interview.
In another case I was interviewed by someone who was roughly my equal though he was more mature. The interviews went well, I got the job.
So, yes, personality matters, it always will. At least until Robots and AI's are doing the hiring, then it will be one sided, until the applicants are robots and AI's.
The very best programmers I have ever worked with were mildly to severely introverted, and mildly to moderately (high-functioning) autistic.
When I started my career as a programmer, I was very slightly introverted, and more than just slightly autistic. As my career progressed, I became more introverted, and less autistic (I think the latter was mostly due to dietary changes).
Since I am personally familiar with introversion and autism, if I was interviewing a programmer for a position at my company, I would look for signs of both of those.
Nobody wants to work with a dick who's an expert at (e.g.) C++ and is obnoxiously right most of the time.
But many people want to work with an easygoing person who's a great teammate with good enough tech skills who's willing and able to become a C++ expert for the good of the team, if that's what's needed.
The reality is that "many recruiters prefer candidates having all the desired soft skills (such as good communications) while missing some of the required hard skills (e.g. tech skills) rather than vice-versa. Hard skills training is a lot easier than soft skills training" which is a quote from my blog post on just this topic.
A 1918 study – yes, over 100 years ago – by Harvard University, the Carnegie Foundation and Stanford Research Center, found that “85% of a person’s job success is a product of interpersonal (soft) skills and that only 15% of his success is the result of technical knowledge (hard skills).”
Does that still hold up today? It certainly feels right, give or take.
What is true is that many recruiters prefer candidates having all the desired soft skills while missing some of the required hard skills rather than vice-versa. Hard skills training is a lot easier than soft skills training.
At which point I threw up
«One day it will have to be officially admitted that what we have christened reality is an even greater illusion than the world of dreams.» Salvador Dali
Quick update - we're looking into hosting the UI of the start window within a document tab or tool window within the IDE as an option. So you can launch Visual Studio with the focused UI of the start window to get to your code initially, but if you are already within the IDE, then the same UI will show up in a non-modal way.
- Pratik Nadagouda [MSFT] Jul 11 at 10:35 PM
There hasn't been an update since then, but the ticket is still "under review".
"These people looked deep within my soul and assigned me a number based on the order in which I joined." - Homer
It's the same guy that thought it was important to make VS2019 more easily themeable.
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I wonder what moron at MS decided this was a good idea
This might be a trigger for some, but MS seems to put the lesser lights in charge (probably to reduce labor costs) of projects, which eliminates to wiser, more experienced minds that used to manage products and projects and lead software development.
My lead example of this is that 30 years ago, we had a WinForms designer in the VB IDE that worked beautifully. And so it did going forward through the advent of .NET and Visual Studio. Yet today's "brain trust" at MS says it is too hard to make a XAML designer work as well as the WinForms designer that was once written in assembler!
Maybe MS needs to hire adults and not wannabes to lead their product development and software development.
You mean like all the requests to bring back color coded source printing to match the color coding on the screen. Color coded source printing disappeared in VS 2012. I still want my source code color coded on the rare occasions I actually print it out.