Interview: Bringing sample models. Good/Bad?
I have an interview soon and I'm contemplating whether or not to bring some sample models I have produced for non-confidential projects I have done on the side (not tied to any employer but myself). The position is for either systems or DB architecture . . . I have done both but would prefer the systems side . . .
It hink it's a good idea: not only do you get to show what you can do, but also you'll find out pretty quickly whether or not your design philosophy will fit there. Unless you desperately need this job (in which case, you should *not* do this and play it safe answering interviewer's questions instead), it's a good way to get a sense of what the job there would be like.
> Unless you desperately need this job (in which case, you should *not* do this and play it safe answering interviewer's questions instead),
Because if you use good design practices that they don't like you could hurt your chances, while if you're just talking with the interviewer you can stay light on your feet and be who they need you to be.
If you were the one hiring would you like the candidates to bring along examples of their work? Presenting yourself goes better with examples and it shows sincere enthousiasm for the area you have to work in.
By the way, theer's one huge problem with bringing samples - potential lawsuits. If the work you bring is work you did while salaried at your last job, it's not yours to show. More to the point, you open your potential employer up to legal action if your old employer finds out they got a look at internal code.
> What are you thoughts on this?
But I indicated the models are my own and not an employer's . . . still a bad idea to bring it?
I've had interviewer's that have required it, and I have to say I don't think it really had any bearing on any decission. They didn't really even look at it. I've also known someone who got a job at MS because of code samples. He didn't have a CS background and learned to program at community college. All aside, he went in there, showed them what he knew w/ visual examples, and he got the job (largely because of the samples). I do have to agree with Philo though for the most part. I think that most of the time, they don't add anything to the interview but a possible legal mess.
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