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“So that said, can you code?”
I look at the interviewer. Well okay, I look at the telephone, cause I’m in the companies office but the person I’m interviewing with is sitting in his house two miles away. However, that’s another gorilla for another day.
So I look at the phone.
I look down at my resume.
I look at the job description for this job.
Apparently, my interviewer takes my stunned silence for a request for more information. “Cause you see, we’re running lean and we need people to do more than one thing. We might have to send you out to do a customer implementation by yourself. So how’s your coding?”
Now Hogarth doesn’t mind that the guy is on the phone. He’s taking advantage of that by taking up the other two chairs in the room. “Welcome to the twenty-teens, dude. If you can’t do it all, then you’re not good enough. Everyone has to work harder these days. If you can’t code, do a balance sheet, fly to Malaysia for the weekend to close a sale and then be back on Monday to make sure the 300 person software rollout is on schedule, then you’re no good to them.”
Sigh… The “multi-hat gorilla”
Too Many Hats Makes for a Dull Gorilla
Now Hogarth is right, to an extent. 2010 will probably go down as the year of ‘do more’. With the global recession, we are all being asked to work harder and do more in our jobs. It’s part of the downside of the recession and the trend of higher productivity.