[thelist] Interview question: No CS degree?

David Miller david at deadpansincerity.com
Thu Nov 1 12:47:31 CDT 2012

> Thankfully, the reference material available online for technical subjects
> is breathtakingly good. When compared to the resources available to my
> grandparents generation, it's quality and availability is one of the things
> that can make us genuinely optimistic about humanity in general.

> Firstly, I've done my own research into the basics of CS so that I can do
> my job properly {Insert your particularly relevant topics here}.

> Secondly, whenever I've come across something that I don't know about,
> I've been able to find the resources to get me up to speed, and I make sure
> that I do this proactively, rather than when it becomes a crisis.

> Over the course of {insert relevant variable here} I've been able to JIT
> compile my CS education while still maintaining a track record of Getting
> Stuff Done.

Discard the preachy optimism bit as required dependant on your ability to
keep a straight face while saying it.

P.S. Of course it helps if this is true ;)

On 1 November 2012 17:30, erik mattheis <gozz at gozz.com> wrote:

> Today I was asked how I've compensated for the fact that I don't have
> a CS degree.
> How would you have answered this question?
> (I feel I fumbled noting that as I'm self taught, I've learned to be a
> good learner and sometimes just have to ask someone what they mean by
> a certain term.)
> --
> Erik Mattheis
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David Miller
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