Build an API to Mechanical Turk.

        neededDate = Mech_Turk("In YYYY/mm/dd format, what is the last Thursday 
of ":month:" ":year)

Hmmm - I guess that's why I don't code anymore ;)

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From: u2-users-boun...@listserver.u2ug.org 
[mailto:u2-users-boun...@listserver.u2ug.org] On Behalf Of Kevin King
Sent: Monday, December 16, 2013 3:22 PM
To: U2 Users List
Subject: Re: [U2] [OT] Interview Questions

Asking the list...I'd label that as "resourceful".  So yeah, that's a positive.


On Mon, Dec 16, 2013 at 10:08 AM, Woodward, Bob
<bob_woodw...@k2sports.com>wrote:

> Maybe it's a good thing you're not interviewing me, Kevin.  My 
> immediate answer would be "I don't know.  Let me check the 
> documentation and get back to you."  I've never had to do anything 
> like that so it's not something I'd know off the top of my head.  I'm 
> sure there's probably and OCONV format that would get me started but.
>
> Oh!  I know!  I'd as this list!  <silly smile>  Does that count?
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: u2-users-boun...@listserver.u2ug.org
> [mailto:u2-users-boun...@listserver.u2ug.org] On Behalf Of Kevin King
> Sent: Saturday, December 14, 2013 8:15 AM
> To: U2 Users List
> Subject: Re: [U2] [OT] Interview Questions
>
> David, I've used many of these questions in the past but where it fell 
> down was that it didn't give any real picture of technical ability. 
> The one question I've been using lately to assess technical thinking 
> is "how would you calculate the last Thursday in a month?" The answers 
> have been everywhere from accurate to sheer ridiculous. The unexpected 
> takeaway from this question is that it has helped to identify people 
> who simply want to answer quickly without thinking - not a good trait 
> unless the answer is right and to date that's happened a total of zero 
> times - vs people who think first and then give a reasoned response.
>
> I've just found it too easy for people to stretch the truth when 
> explaining their technical ability, so I'm asking questions intended 
> to give some evidence.
>
> On Saturday, December 14, 2013, David Sharp wrote:
>
> > Here is something I have used:
> > What single project
> > or task would you consider the most significant accomplishment in 
> > your
>
> > career so far?
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > *
> > Can you give me a detailed overview of the accomplishment?
> >
> > *
> > Tell me about the company, your title, your position, your role, and 
> > the team involved.
> >
> > *
> > What were the actual results achieved?
> >
> > *
> > When did it take place and how long did the project take.
> >
> > *
> > Why you were chosen?
> >
> > *
> > What were the 3-4 biggest challenges you faced and how did you deal 
> > with them?
> >
> > *
> > Where did you go the extra mile or take the initiative?
> >
> > *
> > Walk me through the plan, how you managed to it, and if it was 
> > successful.
> >
> > *
> > Describe the environment and resources.
> >
> > *
> > Describe your manager's style and whether you liked it or not.
> >
> > *
> > Describe the technical skills needed to accomplish the objective and 
> > how they were used.
> >
> > *
> > Some of the biggest mistakes you made.
> >
> > *
> > Aspects of the project you truly enjoyed.
> >
> > *
> > Aspects you didn't especially care about and how you handled them.
> >
> > *
> > How you managed and influenced other, with lots of examples.
> >
> > *
> > How you changed and grew as a person.
> >
> > *
> > What you would do differently if you could do it again.
> >
> > *
> > What type of formal recognition did your receive?
> >
> >
> > Regards,
> > David Sharp
> > > Date: Fri, 13 Dec 2013 12:27:18 -0800
> > > From: i...@keyway.net <javascript:;>
> > > To: u2-users@listserver.u2ug.org <javascript:;>
> > > Subject: Re: [U2] [OT] Interview Questions
> > >
> > > Please email me in regards to your ads. I am currently in between 
> > > contracts/assignments/projects and looking for my next assignment.
> > > Multivalue languages I have been programming in:
> > >
> > > * CACHE (language: MV BASIC)
> > > * INFORMATION (language: INFO/BASIC)
> > > * jBASE (language: jBC, jBASE BASIC, jBASIC)
> > > * MENTOR System (language: DATA/BASIC, DATABASIC, DATA BASIC)
> > > * MVENTERPRISE (language: MVENTERPRISE BASIC)
> > > * MVON/ONWARE (language: ONWARE BASIC)
> > > * OPENINSIGHT (language: BASIC+)
> > > * OPENQM, QM (language: QMBASIC)
> > > * PICK, Advanced PICK, D3 (language: PICK BASIC)
> > > * Power95 (language: DATA/BASIC, DATABASIC, DATA BASIC)
> > > * REALITY System (language: DATA/BASIC, DATABASIC, DATA BASIC)
> > > * REVELATION, Advanced REVELATION (language: R/BASIC, REVELATION
> BASIC)
> > > * UNIDATA (language: UNIBASIC)
> > > * UNIVERSE (language: UNIVERSE BASIC)
> > > * UNIVISION (language: UVBASIC)
> > > * WebSphere DataStage (language: DSBASIC, DataStage BASIC)
> > >
> > > Robert Norman, Multivalue Programmer/Analyst
> > > (951) 541-1668
> > >
> > > On 10/7/2013 7:35 PM, Kevin King wrote:
> > > > This is not specifically a job posting, but I do have ads up on
> > Monster and
> > > > LinkedIn looking for talent.
> > > >
> > > > At the risk of confessing too much, I have historically been far
> too
> > easy
> > > > in the interview process.  As a result, I have had some
> > less-than-excellent
> > > > hires and spent far too much time and money trying to rescue 
> > > > underperforming and/or recalcitrant staff.  Therefore, I'm
> planning to
> > be
> > > > much more discriminating this time around, and am building a
> series of
> > > > technical questions to help quickly identify those that have the
> right
> > > > skills, abilities, and attitude for our team compared to those 
> > > > who
> may
> > not.
> > > >
> > > > That being said, I have a question for the group:
> > > >
> > > > Technical questions aside, what are the best interview questions
> you've
> > > > asked, been asked, or otherwise heard about that help
> differentiate
> > between
> > > > the candidates worthy of additional consideration vs. those that
> are
> > not?
> > > >
> > > > Each company is different of course, but that aside I'm hoping 
> > > > to
> get
> > some
> > > > ideas to cut to the heart of the matter as quickly and 
> > > > efficiently
> as
> > > > possible, both for the sake of the interviewer and the
> interviewee.
> >  (My
> > > > technical interview is bordering on 200 questions and growing at
> an
> > > > alarming pace.) If there were a half dozen questions to open 
> > > > with
> that
> > > > could help set the stage for what may be to come, that could be
> very
> > > > beneficial for everyone in this mix.
> > > >
> > > > Also, in an effort to keep the OT to a minimum, please don't ask
> me
> > > > questions about the positions here.  If you have questions, 
> > > > email
> me
> > > > directly or through LinkedIn.  I'd prefer to keep this topic on
> point
> > of
> > > > your recommended interview questions.
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