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December 24th, 2005









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Mario’s Pizza and modern civilisation

December 24th, 2005

This is the best pizza I had in my life.

Mario’s Pizza is small Italian Pizza Shop at the corner of Elgin and Johnson St. The owner – Mario, an old gentleman with moustache running his family business.

Rich, tasty, and well balanced flavour. These home-made like pizza are only cooked for us. You can’t order them on the menu. One of them has a strange name – “monkey pizza”. It’s better to eat them, especially, after two hours tennis. With the home brewed red wine, very sweet, brought by friends. It’s called “pizza wine”. This is a beautiful night before Xmas.

Sometimes I think about which countries made the biggest contribution to the modern civilisation. British invented almost all the modern sports – soccer, rugby, cricket, tennis, badminton, golf, snooker… Except American invented basketball. French made big contribution to the world with wine and their haute cuisine, German with cars, beer and classical music. Italian with pizza, opera and the greatest artists – Leonardo da Vinci. Japanese with food and electric devices. Chinese with food, five thousands history and communism.

Thought after the interview

December 23rd, 2005

Directory Systems Technical Lead – a position created by the Information Infrastructure, Information Services, The University of Melbourne. This position is reporting to Manager Dr. D. Aldridge.

We give everyone a fair go. Let’s bring the game on. Do you want to pop in and be a great team player?”. There is no other choice except “yes”. “Great! That’s the spirit. And you play loser.

That is the rule of the game, and the candidate selection process this interview panel made. I, and some of my colleagues followed this complicated and subtle re-alignment.

We played losers… Just like a horde of mules, carrying the drugs through the borders.

If you have a look the position description carefully, you can see the blank space between each lines have been printed cleanly – “Terrence, you are not qualified for this job!”.

I found this secret before the interview. But, I still went forward… Work like a professional! Be a team player! Show trust, respect to your boss!

People on the panel, not all of them, hadn’t fully read my application. Some asked questions I already answered in my Cover Letter for criteria. Whiteboard and pen are not provided to let you draw the architecture of what you think. The interview felt a little bit dull. Someone stayed for filling the management duties. Interview was finished in 25 minutes rather than standard half an hour. Maybe someone needed to take an urgent coffee break I reckon.

If I would switch the seat with members on the panel, I’d like ask them two questions:

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