I recently went thru an extremely long interview process. thru 3 interviews, i made the cut from 70 people, to 20, to 4. There were 2 positions available. I had the interview of my life and didnt get the job. Now i have another interview for a similar position in another company. Please help me get it.
i am an eclectic type with experience in what i do but no degree in the field. i've been in school for 2 years now and have 1 year left until graduation. i currently teach technology at a public school (2 years). its an assistantship with a pay that matches that of a teacher with 1 year experience (about $30k USD). see my resume
I have a friend who works in the company and department that interviewed me. he says that they raved about my performance for nearly 2 weeks. but then they hired 2 people from within the company to fill the spots. i dont know what went wrong. i was articulate, knowledgeable, well spoken. i focused on all 3 interviewers and answered all questions with confidence. I was honest about my college education, but i think i balanced that with the work i privately (linux server, virtual environments, web development, etc). One of the interviewers actually spoke to me after the interview and invited me to his spring football tailgate. i dont know why or how i managed to screw it up.
but i dont want it to happen again.
Now i'm about to interview for this position
. even if i got the lowest pay rate - near what i make now - 3 or 4 years experience would help my resume, allow me to finish my Degree, and give me some experience in the field i wish to go into.
should i mention my side projects? i built (and now admin) an entire Sports Site
which serves about 40 individual sportswriters. its a custom job with many unique features developed by me. i did this to learn PHP and MySQL because it may be a year or so before i can find time to take a proper class. to further facilitate this project and skills development, i built a LAMP server. I then built a simple Political Forum
for some colleagues. At home i not only run my own server, i built and admin a local network which i use to support my closest neighbors and business machines belonging to 2 friends. i'm also the local 'comfixmycomputer' guy. i think i could easily pass a number of certification exams as i do pretty well on practice exams. The only reason i havent taken the actual tests is because everyone tells me that these certs are a waste of money. i have a family and dont make a lot of money teaching; i cant afford to drop hundreds (thousands) of dollars on pieces of paper which may not do me any good. i figured it was better to save the money to pay for college classes.
Ok. so thats it. i've laid it all out. Support Managers, customer service managers, fellow geeks, HR people - what do i need to do to get this job?