The classical method of interviewing (either in person or over the phone), I’ve always found to be quite useless. It does have a ‘weeding’ effect of removing the completely clueless, but that’s all. The problem is when you ask people to describe protocols/systems/methods etc you’re testing their booksmart skills, not their real world ones.
Like many tech-workers, we need to ingest vast quantities of knowledge to get started in our jobs. Without that knowledge, there is no working in our business. What is unique, however, is that we continue to ingest knowledge for the remainder of our careers – often consuming large portions of our personal time and energy. Worse we even get tested on it by sitting formal examinations.
How can we manage this process to be more effective ?
I found this graphic in a Cisco Networkers presentation. Something just clicked.
Check out Google Docs – it does a very good job (considering) of Network Diagrams.
The not so obvious aspect of the License Management is that Cisco will receive reports from your license server that will not only show the licenses that you own but also all the hardware that you have. From this Cisco will be able to build a very effective picture of what your business looks like. How much will Cisco know about you ?