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7 years of experience... but !!

Alsalam alikom wa ra7mat Allah wa barakatoh

For the first time -as far as I remember- I start writing the post before defining its title...

I'll tell you a story happened with me a couple of days ago. I've got the chance to attend an interview process (among the guys who were interviewing someone for a Team Lead position). This 2 hours were so important in my life and I guess they will be of a good value for that person too.

The interview process was as follows, our HR makes a phone interview with the candidate, then a physical HR interview, then a technical interview that ends by a task. If the candidate failed in any of the interview phases, he will be thanked and let free :D.

The guy applied for a position of C++ Developer position but after the phone interview, our HR suggested that due to his long experience (7 years), he may fit to a TL position...

I arrived at 10:00am which is the time the technical interview should start. We began the interview by asking general questions to know his areas of experience. As he claimed, he worked in C++ for about 3-4 years, .NET for 2 years and Java for last year. As we moved on into the interview process, we realized he is not professional in any of them, I can't even give him a 'B' in any of those areas.

He also did his Masters study in Computer Science and I felt he considered it a bad choice cuz he spoke about his friends who got MBA and considers that they got a big career shift because of that.

Anyway, we now moved into coding phase, he is given a paper and pen and asked to implement a basic functionality... I really consider him failed in that test...

Anyway, I'm telling you all that cause I thought "this guy spent 7 years of his life and what did he end up with ? not much" I know a lot of fresh graduate who can astonish us in such an interview...

I wanted to document this story so that me as well as all fresh graduates take care about their choices, I believe that the first 10 years of your career are the most crucial years, the most productive years... make good use of them!!

Good luck everybody...

Alsalam alikom wa ra7mat Allah wa barkatoh


  1. Salamo 3alikom Hytham & Happy Ramadan
    Very nice post man, Gazak Allah 7'airan
    I hope you direct it to your colleagues, and students.
    Good Luck.

  2. Wa3alaykom al salam wa ra7mat Allah wa barakatoh

    Thanks Prof. for reading my posts and thanks for the comment...

    I'll do my best to deliver this message be ezn ellah...

    Thanks again..

  3. Assalam Alaykom,
    Very interesting post. I have graduated about 2 months ago, and I have to make important decisions soon that will have a strong impact on where I will be standing say 5 years from now. What you pointed out abt the first 10 years is so true, Rabbena yesahel :) I missed your blog alot, nice to pass by again :)

  4. AA,
    Thank you bgd for the advice, It's really a big moral that all students need to know.
    Maybe the problem of the one you are talking about is in loving his career, In believing it is rewarding
    May GOD help us all not to be in his place ever.
    Best of luck


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