technical skills != opportunity

I came from an interview last weekend for a possible job in SG after a colleague of mine told me about the opening. It is an Indian firm that recently opens their Global delivery center in Singapore. The interview was held at the Renaissance Hotel in Makati. It was a 2-step process, first was the technical interview and if you passed you will be interviewed by the HR Manager.

 
The technical interview goes smooth, first the interviewer asked me to answer a 4 set of problems ( 2 T-SQL Task and 2 .net Coding) when I read the problems, I was very excited because it's not that hard. It's a simple joining of tables and filtering out the active records and a method to retrieve that in .Net. After solving that problem (I solved it right in-front of him) he reviewed my solutions and then proceed to some technical questions.

 
After the interview I came back to the waiting area and wait for the advice of their HR assistant. Luckily, the HR assistant told me that I passed the technical interview and advises to wait again for the interview with their HR Manager. 10 minutes later, my name was called. I was interviewed by their HR Manager, it was a usual interview of the HR people. Later on, he started to ask why I have a lot of short span of employment. I told him that it was a project basis (I worked as a contractual before). After the interview he instructed me to stay in the waiting area and wait for further advice of their HR assistant. 5 minutes later the HR assistant told me "Sorry, the HR Manager found out that you are not suitable for the position you are applying for".

 
Even though I’ve passed the tech interview, it’s not enough. It seems to me that the reason why they don’t consider me for the position is my “job hopping” experiences.

Published 08-28-2007 3:35 PM by n.ocampo
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# re: technical skills != opportunity

Tuesday, August 28, 2007 12:07 AM by cruizer

that's really bad :( i almost failed to make it in my present employer for the same reason.

# re: technical skills != opportunity

Tuesday, August 28, 2007 12:28 AM by lamia

I also had the same experience. Although not all employers are the same, some would be willing to lend an ear as to why you had to transfer to another firm so quickly. I guess if a job is rightfully for you then you will have it.

I agree with you that technical skills != opportunity. You also need to have a good attitude and finally... Some style. :)

# re: technical skills != opportunity

Tuesday, August 28, 2007 12:55 AM by jokiz

aw, sorry to hear that, chambahan na lang siguro kasi i was also a jobhopper.

is this company ML?

# re: technical skills != opportunity

Tuesday, August 28, 2007 12:59 AM by n.ocampo

@cruizer - you're lucky enough to get that job.

@lamia - Sad to say, they don't consider that the job hopping happened when I was a consultants/project based employee, which is normal to have a short span of employment.

# re: technical skills != opportunity

Tuesday, August 28, 2007 1:07 AM by cruizer

misunderstanding siguro? maybe you should have told them you only had one real employer (the consultancy company) and that you had many short assignments to different companies/clients. anyway it's water under the bridge now. i'm sure you've come out of that interview better and wiser. i had a previous SG offer that i turned down because the offer was quite low...and it was lucky i waited a bit longer for the better offer to come ;)

# re: technical skills != opportunity

Tuesday, August 28, 2007 1:11 AM by n.ocampo

@jokiz - it's TCS

# re: technical skills != opportunity

Tuesday, August 28, 2007 1:16 AM by Lamia

@Cruizer - Yeah, eveything is a learning experience. :)

# re: technical skills != opportunity

Tuesday, August 28, 2007 2:52 AM by n.ocampo

@cruizer - There was no misunderstanding. There's really a hop. here's my history:

Co. 1 (Regular)       - 14 months

Co. 2 (Regular)       - 17 months

Co. 3 (contractual)  -  7  months

Co. 4 (contractual)  -  3  months

Co. 5 (Regular)      -  7   months

# re: technical skills != opportunity

Tuesday, August 28, 2007 3:21 AM by lamia

Well what is that compared to this?

Co. 1 (Regular)       - 5 months

Co. 2 (No contract, WTF?)       - 4 months

Co. 3 (Regular  -  11 months, going 12 months

I think you got quite a better record that I do. :)

# re: technical skills != opportunity

Tuesday, August 28, 2007 4:57 AM by Rohan Wali

Co. 1 (Regular)       - 14 months

Co. 2 (Regular)       - 17 months

Co. 3 (contractual)  -  7  months

Co. 4 (contractual)  -  3  months

Co. 5 (Regular)      -  7   months

and you actually had the audacity to interview with Tata Consultancy Services ? funny.

# re: technical skills != opportunity

Tuesday, August 28, 2007 4:58 AM by funny

Co. 1 (Regular)       - 14 months

Co. 2 (Regular)       - 17 months

Co. 3 (contractual)  -  7  months

Co. 4 (contractual)  -  3  months

Co. 5 (Regular)      -  7   months

and you actually had the audacity to interview with Tata Consultancy Services ? funny.

# re: technical skills != opportunity

Tuesday, August 28, 2007 5:51 AM by bonskijr

@rohan and funny:

why not? he took a shot and had he convinced the HR about his previous decisions he could have gotten in..

# re: technical skills != opportunity

Tuesday, August 28, 2007 6:08 AM by lamia

@bonskijr - Agreed...

# re: technical skills != opportunity

Tuesday, August 28, 2007 5:34 PM by cruizer

why "audacity"? after all whenever we apply for some job we need to put our best foot forward... :)

# re: technical skills != opportunity

Tuesday, August 28, 2007 7:30 PM by n.ocampo

@rohan and funny:

Why not? What’s wrong with that? For me, I gave my best shot. Hhmmm…I would just take it as an experience... :)

# re: technical skills != opportunity

Tuesday, August 28, 2007 8:53 PM by rdagumampan

Here's mine:

Co. 1 Regular   - 1year(s)

Co. 2 Regular   - 2year(s)

Co. 3 Regular   - 1year(s)

loyal man ako jud!

# re: technical skills != opportunity

Tuesday, August 28, 2007 10:48 PM by Dwarvend

hahaha akala ko ako lang ang hopper  may mas malufet pa pla sakin :)

# re: technical skills != opportunity

Tuesday, August 28, 2007 10:57 PM by lamia

Dwarvend - Ako ba yun? Lolz

# re: technical skills != opportunity

Wednesday, August 29, 2007 7:54 PM by Rohan Wali

@n.ocampo  

Of course you need to put your best foot forward. All i am saying is that TCS is known to have very stringent HR policy with regards to "hoppers". They won't care if can code in MSIL as well as you do in C#/. All they want is consistency. It sucks, but thats the way it is.

# re: technical skills != opportunity

Wednesday, August 29, 2007 8:32 PM by willydavidjr

Actually that was what our professor always tell us. Employers also look for the span you have been on a company. But I think, as a developer, it's a project basis. They must also consider those facts.

# re: technical skills != opportunity

Wednesday, August 29, 2007 10:08 PM by lamia

Hmmm... This post isn't about me. But I guess I'm not for those kind of companies myself... BTW, my eyes might have fooled me... I didn't see TCS mentioned by the poster so why bring the company's name out into the open?

# re: technical skills != opportunity

Wednesday, August 29, 2007 10:23 PM by jokiz

@lamia, read along the comments

# re: technical skills != opportunity

Wednesday, August 29, 2007 10:25 PM by Rohan Wali

@lamia

#  n.ocampo  said on August 28, 2007 01:11 AM:

   @jokiz - it's TCS

-- "I didn't see TCS mentioned by the poster"

now you do.

# re: technical skills != opportunity

Thursday, August 30, 2007 12:47 AM by lamia

@jokiz & Rohan Wali

 - I see, thanks

We should really be careful about mentioning company names. :)

if ( this.isGuilty() )

{

   this.execute();

}

# re: technical skills != opportunity

Thursday, August 30, 2007 2:43 AM by jokiz

why is that?

# re: technical skills != opportunity

Thursday, August 30, 2007 2:54 AM by lamia

@Jokiz

Because we don't know the damage we could do to them by just mentioning their name in our posts. Or we could be misunderstood. Our statement could be positive to us but not to them. Just playing safe. :)

# re: technical skills != opportunity

Thursday, August 30, 2007 3:11 AM by jokiz

it depends on ur preference, ako nga, dami na nakaaway even sa forums, tsk tsk tsk.

but i don't see any offense of mentioning the company name in this post, it could even help pa nga other applicants to know what to expect

# re: technical skills != opportunity

Thursday, August 30, 2007 3:35 AM by n.ocampo

@jokiz

"it could even help pa nga other applicants to know what to expect"

Exactly! My intent was just to share what I've experienced and let others know that there are some companies that are very strict when hiring candidates.

# re: technical skills != opportunity

Thursday, August 30, 2007 3:51 AM by lamia

I see. Siguro nga kanya kanyang preferences lang yan. :)

Yeah, somehow with this post I was made aware of. Thanks. :)

# re: technical skills != opportunity

Thursday, August 30, 2007 5:56 PM by cruizer

@lamia -- violation ng "tell don't ask" principle yun code mo ah. he he dapat

this.executeIfGuilty();

ha ha :P

# re: technical skills != opportunity

Thursday, August 30, 2007 7:47 PM by lamia

@cruizer

Single responsibility principle in a sense yung sakin. Lolz!

Sorry nde pa ako acquainted sa principle na yan. Post more links about it para mabuksan ang aking kaisipan. :)

# re: technical skills != opportunity

Monday, September 03, 2007 1:19 AM by ronin

Leave TCS behind and go apply for other companies in Singapore.  TCS is not for you.