Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Happy Halloween...!

64 Interview answers you need to know

This is a nice article I found from while surfing the web. Hope it will helpful to you.

Q1 Tell me about yourself.
Q2 What are your greatest strengths?
Q3 What are your greatest weaknesses?
Q4 Tell me about something you did – or failed to do – that you now feel a little ashamed of.
Q5 Why are you leaving (or did you leave) this position?
Q6 The “Silent Treatment”
Q7 Why should I hire you?
Q8 Aren’t you overqualified for this position?
Q9 Where do you see yourself five years from now?
Q10 Describe your ideal company, location and job.
Q11 Why do you want to work at our company?
Q12 What are your career options right now?
Q13 Why have you been out of work so long?
Q14 Tell me honestly about the strong points and weak points of your boss (company, management team, etc.)
Q15 What good books have you read lately?
Q16 Tell me about a situation when your work was criticized.
Q17 What are your outside interest?
Q18 The “Fatal Flaw” question
Q19 How do you feel about reporting to a younger person (minority, woman, etc)?
Q20 On confidential matters
Q21 Would you lie for the company?
Q22 Looking back, what would you do differently in your life?
Q23 Could you have done better in your last job?
Q24 Can you work under pressure?
Q25 What makes you angry?
Q26 Why aren’t you earning more money at this stage of your career?
Q27 Who has inspired you in your life and why?
Q28 What was the toughest decision you ever had to make?
Q29 Tell me about the most boring job you’ve ever had.
Q30 Have you been absent from work more than a few days in any previous position?
Q31 What changes would you make if you came on board?
Q32 I’m concerned that you don’t have as much experience as we’d like in
Q33 How do you feel about working nights and weekends?
Q34 Are you willing to relocate or travel?
Q35 Do you have the stomach to fire people? Have you had experience firing many people?
Q36 Why have you had so many jobs?
Q37 What do you see as the proper role/mission of… …a good (job title you’re seeking); …a good manager; …an executive in serving the community; …a leading company in our industry; etc.
Q38 What would you say to your boss if he’s crazy about an idea, but you think it stinks?
Q39 How could you have improved your career progress?
Q40 What would you do if a fellow executive on your own corporate level wasn’t pulling his/her weight…and this was hurting your department?
Q41 You’ve been with your firm a long time. Won’t it be hard switching to a new company?
Q42 May I contact your present employer for a reference?
Q43 Give me an example of your creativity (analytical skill…managing ability, etc.)
Q44 Where could you use some improvement?
Q45 What do you worry about?
Q46 How many hours a week do you normally work?
Q47 What’s the most difficult part of being a (job title)?
Q48 The “Hypothetical Problem”
Q49 What was the toughest challenge you’ve ever faced?
Q50 Have you consider starting your own business?
Q51 What are your goals?
Q52 What do you for when you hire people?
Q53 Sell me this stapler…(this pencil…this clock…or some other object on interviewer’s desk).
Q54 “The Salary Question” – How much money do you want?
Q55 The Illegal Question
Q56 The “Secret” Illegal Question
Q57 What was the toughest part of your last job?
Q58 How do you define success…and how do you measure up to your own definition?.
Q59 “The Opinion Question” – What do you think about …Abortion…The President…The Death Penalty…(or any other controversial subject)?
Q60 If you won $10 million lottery, would you still work?
Q61 Looking back on your last position, have you done your best work?
Q62 Why should I hire you from the outside when I could promote someone from within?
Q63 Tell me something negative you’ve heard about our company
Q64 On a scale of one to ten, rate me as an interviewer.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Dust Arts...

These are actual works of art created with the dust that settled on old cars.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

I dont know why

Video created by CSE students for their welcome night.

Dutch Consumers’ Counsel advises against Vista

After more than 5000 complains of costumers about Vista in a month of time, the Dutch Consumers’ Counsel decided to talk with Microsoft. The goal of the negotiations was to give consumers the possibility to downgrade from Vista to XP if consumers had serious complaints about Vista. However Microsoft denied the request, since (according to Microsoft) the computers have been developed for use with Vista and a downgrade to XP will therefore bring along many other issues with the operating system (…?…). To solve some of the problems Microsoft opened a site where people can resolve many of their problems in three steps (site).

But since Microsoft did not co-operate sufficiently, the Consumers’ Counsel still advises people to ask for XP when buying a new computer and only to buy a computer with Vista installed if you are sure you will not run into trouble or if you know you will be able to handle these. Besides they advised vendors to change the operating system for costumers if they request this.

In a previous press release the Consumers’ Counsel already advised people to think about alternatives like Apple’s Mac OS X or the free Linux Ubuntu….

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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

UL and BA planes collide at Heathrow airport

Two air planes of Sri Lankan Airlines and British Airways collide without any major damage on 16th Oct.
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11 Reasons to use google apps

Interesting article I found about google apps.
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By offering low upfront costs, reduced overall risk, instant global reach and access to enterprise-level software solutions, Google Apps provides a compelling opportunity for every organization. Those who capitalize on it will reap significant immediate benefits.

I found the following reasons for why we must use google apps??

1.Eliminate email hassles instantly. No more outages, lost mail, spamming, phishing, viruses, security breaches.

2.Reduce costs. Eliminate the hardware, software, maintenance, upgrades, and services associated with your current environment.

3.Enable collaboration for everyone, from anywhere. Access and collaborate on all your documents and spreadsheets from anywhere in the world via a web browser.

4.Get everyone on the same page. Bring all your key information together in one central, easy-to-use, searchable location.

5.Reduce IT overload. Google handles all technical aspects, freeing up your team to focus on other projects, and allowing you to reduce your online communication and collaboration costs to one low monthly fee.

6.Instantly increase the productivity, knowledge, teamwork, and communication capabilities. Provide instantly accessible tools, including Web-based business class email, online document management, online calendars, blogs, wikis, etc. to your business and your team.

7.Make partnering and out-sourcing more efficient. Create a platform that can seamlessly support virtual ad-hoc teams (without the intervention of an “administrator”), thereby quickly reducing your costs.

8.Increase your peace of mind. With Google’s hosted, fast, safe, and secure file storage, you never have to worry about losing critical business information. You also never have to worry about scalability – Google apps will support any number of users who can be added at any time.

9.Get automatic versioning. Any change to any information in a Google document or spreadsheet creates a new version of the information. Even if a document or spreadsheet is being authored by many users simultaneously, none of the information will ever get lost. If any change is unacceptable, the contents of it can be quickly rolled back to any of its previous states with a couple of clicks.

10.Take advantage of continuous improvement. All Google Apps updates are immediately distributed to all customers. This means that you always have the latest and greatest features immediately available for use in your organization – without doing a thing.

11.New hires are already using this technology. People entering the workforce today have lived and breathed the web since they were in high school. If you don’t provide company endorsed solutions, they will end up using tools that are available on the open Internet until you do.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Hour of time...

Nice story that I received through an email. It have something to share with you...

A man came home from work late, tired and irritated, to find his 5-year old son waiting for him at the door.

SON: "Daddy, may I ask you a question?"

DAD: "Yeah sure, what is it?" replied the man.

SON: "Daddy, how much do you make an hour?"

DAD: "That's none of your business. Why do you ask such a thing?" the man said angrily.

SON: "I just want to know. Please tell me, how much do you make an hour?"

DAD: "If you must know, I make Rs.100 an hour."

SON: "Oh," the little boy replied, with his head down.

SON: "Daddy, may I please borrow Rs.50 ?"

The father was furious, "If the only reason you asked that is so you can borrow some money to buy a silly toy or some other nonsense, then you march yourself straight to your room and go to bed. Think about why you are being so selfish. I work hard everyday for such this childish behavior."

The little boy quietly went to his room and shut the door.

The man sat down and started to get even angrier about the little boy's questions. How dare he ask such questions only to get some money?

After about an hour or so, the man had calmed down, and started to think: Maybe there was something he really needed to buy with that Rs.50 and he really didn't ask for money very often. The man went to the door of the little boy's room and opened the door. "Are you asleep, son?" He asked.

"No daddy, I'm awake," replied the boy.

"I've been thinking, maybe I was too hard on you earlier" said the man.

"It's been a long day and I took out my aggravation on you. Here's the Rs.50 you asked for."

The little boy sat straight up, smiling. "Oh, thank you daddy!" He yelled.

Then, reaching under his pillow he pulled out some crumpled up bills. The man saw that the boy already had money, started to get angry again. The little boy slowly counted out his money, and then looked up at his father.

"Why do you want more money if you already have some?" the father grumbled.

"Because I didn't have enough, but now I do," the little boy replied.

"Daddy, I have Rs.100 now. Can I buy an hour of your time?

Please come home early tomorrow. I would like to have dinner with you."

The father was crushed. He put his arms around his little son, and he begged for his forgiveness.

It's just a short reminder to all of you working so hard in life. We should not let time slip through our fingers without having spent some time with those who really matter to us, those close to our hearts.

Do remember to share that Rs.100 worth of your time with someone you love.

If we die tomorrow, the company that we are working for could easily replace us in a matter of days.

But the family & friends we leave behind will feel the loss for the rest of their lives. And come to think of it, we pour ourselves more into work than to our family.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Dress for Interview

I found this nice article about how to dress for an interview. Hope it will be helpful to most of you.
Click here for the article and give comments for the original writer.

Friday, October 05, 2007

The first Freedomware Gaming Festival

Here is the promotion video...

Check here for more details.

Thursday, October 04, 2007

It's 400th Match for Jayasuriya

Sanath Jayasuriya

Sri Lanka

Player profile

Full name: Sanath Teran Jayasuriya
Born: June 30, 1969, Matara
Major teams: Sri Lanka, ACC Asian XI, Asia XI, Bloomfield Cricket and Athletic Club, Colombo Cricket Club, Marylebone Cricket Club, Somerset

Batting style: Left-hand bat
Bowling style: Slow left-arm orthodox

2nd Oneday International against the England on 4th Oct 2007 is the 400th Oneday International for Sanath Jayasuriya. This is the first time a cricketer pass the 400th match milestone.

Welldone Sanath....!