Stage: 1999, last semester of college, Hewlett-Packard was hosting a career day in Atlanta
Me: New suit and shoes, resumes printed (on resume paper, mind you), black portfolio in hand; So Fresh, So Clean (for you OutKast fans)
Short intro with the interviewer (a techie), he didn’t care about my resume (why would he? I’m 21 after all)…
Interviewer: What is the purpose of using a ping command?
Me: A what?
Interviewer: A ping command
Me: I’m not sure (yes, I did have a networking class in college, but probably day dreaming about being a rapper during that day’s lesson)
Interviewer: Thanks for coming by…NEXT CANDIDATE!
End to end, maybe a 55 second interview.
I’d like to think I have had a reasonably successful career in tech after that embarrassing mishap.
Don’t let 1 poor turnout define your career.
Or better said:
“Make a business for yourself, set some goals. Make a fat diamond out of dusty coals” ~OutKast