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Devac  ·  73 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Why I think the tech interview process is broken – Medium

Thank you. It was indeed what I was looking for as far as explanation gets. Sorry for my post being somewhat rude and projective, but I hope that you can understand where it was coming from. There's a Polish word that I can't really translate literally, Pięknoduch, a portmanteau of "Piękno" meaning beauty and "Duch" meaning spirit or soul (and also ghost… talk about efficient language :D) that's actually a derogatory term that would roughly mean "pretentious artsy-fartsy oversensitive ninnies" that almost too perfectly describes most people with whom I had displeasure to interact as far as the topic of discussion is concerned. It unfortunately also includes most of my language teachers until I got to uni. One was actually using very similar phrases to the ones that I originally quoted without ever feeling like she should explain wtf she even means. Perhaps if I had a teacher more like you I would never develop my "oh, fuck. why does it have to be poetry" knee-jerk as well?

To get back to your questions.

    Have you challenged their preconceived notions? What did they say?

Hardly. When you want to see something in others, it will be there. If I showed that I know 'their lingo' I was deemed a poser. If I talked in a formal manner with proper meaning behind logical ordering, I was machine-like. If I tried to engage, I was 'trying too hard'. As a great AI once said, "the only winning move is not to play".

    What evidence did they have?

Well, I am not the most expressive person. I struggle with words even in my native language and unfortunately, it fits the stereotype. I had people going along that impression. Why not fight it? See above.

Either way, I'm sorry about this whole exchange.




lil  ·  73 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    Either way, I'm sorry about this whole exchange.
Don't be. I appreciate the exchange and very glad you brought up the points you did. If my unnecessary thoughtless generalizations cause harm, they must be questioned.

The author of the Medium post above had some serious questions for me as well. He cared enough about his education to take the time to write me a long email full of challenges. He said he had done that for his teachers in the past and never got a satisfactory response. Like yours, his challenges were thoughtful. For example, he thought the material in my course book were opinions because, while I have a bibliography in the back, I don't provide detailed evidence of the research and sources. I want to focus on activities in the class. I rewrite my course every year and will definitely put in sources throughout the book. Great idea.

I long for students who care enough to challenge me and it takes confidence, courage, and commitment to do that.

kantos  ·  73 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    Either way, I'm sorry about this whole exchange.

    Don't be. I appreciate the exchange and very glad you brought up the points you did. If my unnecessary thoughtless generalizations cause harm, they must be questioned

If I could badge a thread of comments as one, then I would, Devac (potential feature???). Going to throw an appreciation at both of you for being so open and respective, in kind. Thank you.

rjw  ·  73 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Agreed. A good interaction can be much more valuable than a single expertly-delivered take. Thank you both.

lil  ·  73 days ago  ·  link  ·  

awww, let's throw out some badges anyway!