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Look, I get the fact that when it comes to social skills, I suck. It takes everything in me just to do things most people take for granted when it comes to social situations.

Interviews are the absolute worst. I had one just the other day and totally flopped on a question I should have answered. I probably looked like a complete idiot. The guy interviewing me said that the important thing is that I know where to find the information if I don't remember it right away. It came as a bit of a surprise to me, but it was nice to see someone who understands that trying to memorize every damn thing about an operating system (Or anything dealing with computers, for that matter) is near impossible.

I figured that rather than beat myself up over it I'd answer the question properly in an email thanking him for his time and letting him know I'll be looking over some of my books and notes from my college days until a decision is reached. I figure should I get the job I'll at least have a better idea of what I'm up against.

I was able to handle everything else just fine. He assumed I knew about everything else because of a story I told him about setting up an Oracle database on a Virtual Machine for my last 2 semesters in college, which was a total pain because I also had to set up a static IP, because as anyone who's tech savvy knows, Oracle's Dev programs won't run with DHCP. I'm not sure if that's the case with newer versions of Oracle, but it certainly was with 10g. I actually had to do this twice, as my last computer died in the middle of fall semester in 2011.

I even did my homework on the company before going in because they usually ask what a prospective employee knows about the place of business. It seems to be the first thing they ask about.

Still, it always seems like there's something I'm just not getting with these interviews. I do my damndest to come prepared, but something always seems to go wrong. Am I really that damned awkward that I've no chance in hell of getting hired? Like I said, I hate interviews.

See you around,

Homer

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