Monday, March 31, 2008

While others are getting discriminated against…

On the one side we have people who have had the opportunity for a good education but have wasted it. On the other side…

Near my house is one man - Mohan - who has an ironing business. He and his parents collect washed clothes from all the houses in the area, press them at Rs. 2.00 each and return them, crisp and neat. Together, they probably make about Rs. 500 per day. They are not educated, but hard working, sincere and very good at their work. Mohan has a son and a daughter. The son is 3 now. Last week his son was denied admission into a school because he (Mohan) does not have a college degree!

I cannot think of anything more unfair than that!

Latest interview experience

Yesterday I interviewed one candidate. Before I get into the details of the interview, a brief background about the candidate.

MCA (Masters in Computer Applications) - from SRM university, Chennai., prior degree - BCA( Bachelors in Computer applications) - together adding up to a whopping 6 years of core computer science(?) education!

As usual, I started with ” Since you are a fresh candidate with no work experience, I would like to limit the topics covered in this interview to your top two favourite subjects [not including programming languages]”. He chose DBMS and Data structures.

Data structures: I asked him to insert an element into an existing array. Despite repeated hints and suggestions, he failed to answer the question. Questioning on data structures over, I moved on to DBMS (purely out of curiosity to see how bad it can get).

Q: “What is database normalization?”

A: It is the decomposition of programs for improved efficiency and reduced redundancy ! (Huh!?)

Programs? Is it anything to do with programs or are we talking about tables? Apparently he was quite sure that it was program he meant. Quite obviously some of the words he had read had remained in his brain, just not in the right order or context.

What to do?