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Location: Penang, Malaysia

February 05, 2006

Knock 'em Dead Interview - Part 3

It has been a year since I last blogged about interviews. The part 1 and part 2 are archived under the January 2005 link. Last month, I encountered an interesting guy during a walk-in interview. This guy had 11 years of working experience in the United States. His resume is quite impressive too. So, I decided to interview this guy.

When this guy came to the interview booth, he sat on the chair leaning his back on the chair. At the same time, his two hands were on his hip while his head is tilted to the side a little bit. In addition to such a "stylish" (有型) posture, he shook his leg as well. Try to imagine it yourself. Needless to say, the English was accented but not really sounded like an American.

Anyway, we chatted a bit and here was the climax of it.

My question: Mr. [something], from your resume I can see that you had a lot of experience and deep knowledge in designing car audio system. I have an interesting question for you. Well, in a typical automobile, we know that the car battery is rated at 12V. Why most of the automotive electrical appliances such as car audio has a rated nominal voltage at 13.8V?

The guy immediately stopped shaking his leg and pulled the chair closer to the table. I guessed he needed more focus and therefore, adjusted his spectacles. I could see that he was kind of a little shocked with the question. He was sitting upright better than being instructed by the air stewardess before take off or landing. "Dumb struck" is the appropriate word to be used here, I guess.

Even though he couldn't answer this question, he was pretty knowledgeable in certain areas. He has his strengths and areas of improvements. Anyway, this guy is pretty fun to work with. We ended up talking like a friend by the time we ended the interview.

The moral of the story is that we shouldn't judge the book by its cover. Give yourself and others enough time to know each other. Seek first to understand, then to be understood. You might find that a bad first impression could be sometimes deceiving.

Good luck, my friend!


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