architecture question

Jeremy P jpcraigs at
Thu May 9 19:00:13 UTC 2013

Too often its the corner office friend!

You are right, those other people may get hired, but not by people who know
how to interview.  I ran an IT department for 10 years prior to teaching
and my goals of hiring were always first, don't hire jerks.  Second, hire
people who know their stuff inside and out, backwards and forwards.  The
second goal got easier over time as we developed better screening questions
and scenarios.  Not hiring jerks is much more difficult and I would
appreciate any silver bullets people may have in this realm.

On Thu, May 9, 2013 at 12:52 PM, <WBrown at> wrote:

> > From: Jeremy P <jpcraigs at>
> > In my experience the students who "get it" and comprehend the
> > concepts are able to heed the warnings of "in real life, we would do
> > this a little different".  The students who don't "get it" are gonna
> > misconfigure regardless of what TLD I tell them to use in the lab.
> > They'll probably also assign addresses in the 2001:DB8::/32 range
> > because they saw it in documentation.  My advice: hire the former
> > and pass on the latter and everything will be ok ;-)
> >
> Many students are more clued in than some teachers give them credit for.
> They will understand that what they see in class is not the same as
> they'll see in the real world.  It's that other portion that will go on to
> cause mayhem or get elected to public office.  It's easy to say "pass on
> the later", but they will eventually get hired because they managed to
> squeak through an A+ or Microsoft certification and someone scrapes the
> bottom of the barrel because they're not willing to pay for talent.
> Or maybe they'll just be the the offspring of a friend of the person in
> the corner office.  I wish I could say I've never seen that happen!
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