I just got back from a job interview here at the great University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Simple job, really–grading homework for a CS class. There were two openings, and three applicants. Two of those applicants were qualified for the position: one had previously taken the course, and one had a great deal of real-life experience in the subject matter the course dealt with. The third had a vague notion of what the subject matter was.
Now, some among you are probably thinking, “Ah, easy enough. Hire the two qualified people, and give the third ‘a vague notion’ of the door.” My feelings exactly, as I was the one with the real-life experience.
I, however, have also committed the mortal sin of being a freshman. When this information was given to the interviewer, the interviewer laughed at me, explaining, while laughing, that this was “not a good thing.” I went on to explain about my previous experience, in detail, and explaining how it applied to the course. The interviewer listened, but seemed thoroughly disinterested. She went on to the third candidate, asking this person if they felt that they could “pick up” the concepts as the person went along, since the solutions were provided. This person responded with an emphatic “Probably,” to which the interviewer responded in an extremely positive manner.
While I’ve not heard the official word yet, it’s clear to me which two people are to be hired.
Equal opportunity employer my ass.
Someone please tell me I’m not taking this too seriously.