||[Jan. 16th, 2006|07:45 pm]
So I went to the Sun interview today.
This morning I'd only slept about 4 hours. Goddamn transgeneration episode 2! Anywho, I got in for a 9 o'clock lecture in CS that doesn't exist. My faith in the timetable I got from the website is rapidly dwindling.
Anyway, lecture at 11 - thinking about it, I'll probably do very well in it, if I pay even the slightest bit of attention.
About noon, I met Adam for lunch. For various reasons, I got myself a double espresso. I think I just wanted something neat to drink that was unlikely to spill on clothing before the interview. Plus, I think the fact that I was in the commerce building, the fact that I was nervous (I didn't admit to feeling it by that stage, I was more concerned about how to get to the interview), and the clothing itself (ever find that how you dress can affect how you act?) all contributed to just the choice of lunch I had: chicken pesto bagel and a double espresso... sounds all too corporate or somefink.
Anywho, got to East Point Business Park in plenty of time. Actually, I think it's a Business Campus... which makes me wonder. A lot of these "campuses" are filled with commerce or techy people. Which begs the question, are most of these people snarfed directly from college, and as a result still want them to feel like they're on a campus? Or am I just reading too much into this? I just reckon a campus sounds very college-like, and knowing techies at least, most of them probably want to stay in college (who wouldn't) so they make it sound like there's less of a transition.
Anyway, I got onto the campus and went into a coffee shop to fix myself up for the interview. To justify my existence there I had another double espresso. This didn't strike me as too much of a bad idea... Lord only knows why.
I got into the building (after a false start) about 15 minutes before I was due. Reasoning: it never does any harm to be in early. So I sat around, chatted to the receptionist and read their newsletter, just so I could get an idea of what was going on.
So, when it came to the actual interview he asked me a lot of stuff about networking... I was most flaky on that, but managed to impress him slightly with the mnemonic that I have for the 7 OSI layers: Princess Diana Never Ttried Shagging Prince Albert/alfred. Other stuff, covered stuff in C, C++, Java... and did a bit of perl. Interesting thing was when he had me write some perl code on the board he asked me to do open a file and do a search for a name in there. All pretty simple, but he said I needn't worry too much about the operators if I couldn't remember them exactly, but I got them done and he said something along the lines of "You're one of the few intern applicants who can remember that perl expression". Tres cool :)
Some of the other language stuff involved things like linked lists and the like, and just talking my way through it. I suppose he needed to know that I could do the basics, even though I think of it as really basic (even though I'd only done it last year). One of the great things was that since I'd implemented it in the graphics project, I knew exactly what I was talking about, because I'd done it. *whee*
Once we got talking about unix stuff, I could really hold my own.
At the end he was cautiously optimistic and said that they'd be back in touch in about 2 weeks, and he decided to tell me about the job. It looks like the job involves wading waist deep in Solaris code and bug-hunting. Sounds quite fun as a result - and quite rewarding. He also showed us around the lab, and there is masses of cool hardware in there!
So after 55 minutes, I was out of there and on my way home. On the dart back to college I mostly thought "Wow, I really want to get that job now". I was thinking, "well he's cautiously optimistic and seems to think I'd be back for a second interview with his manager... so I'm in with a chance, but all the same I'd really love to know".
And on the way home, about 50 minutes after I'd left the interview, I got a call from HR, offering me a job. I accepted. I start work in September - I'd told the interviewer that I wanted to do some internship work in the college (or IBM, but I didn't tell him that bit), so I'd prefer to start in september. So, my contract runs from the start of september 2006 for 12 months.
Oh, there are a coupla perks... one of which seems to be that most of these guys have laptops, it seems to be expected. The other is that they'll probably send me off on a week's accredited training at some point during the year. Which means extra qualifications.
So overall, I think that was a good interview.
Now for IBM on Thursday.
By the way, Adam bought me a coffee to celebrate. I now feel like I may die of caffeine poisoning... and nerves... but mostly caffeine. Whee! *splat*