Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 1st Dec 2012 09:05 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes I was on vacation to the US last week, and a few technology-related things stood out to me. One, the in-flight entertainment things aboard international Delta flights are absolutely terrible. Worst software I've ever used, and many of them were plain broken. iPads/Android tablets please, Delta. Second, there were more employees than customers in the Las Vegas Apple Store. Since there were a reasonable amount of customers, there were even more employees. It looked ridiculous. Are they all like that? Three, using a Windows Phone 8 device to mooch off an Apple Store's wifi is strangely satisfying. Four, there are a lot of technology commercials on US TV, and they are all corny as hell. Two iPads playing piano? Children holding a PowerPoint presentation to convince their parents to switch mobile plans? Seriously? Is this what this industry has come to? Five, it's pretty clear iPads and iPhones are way, way, way more popular in the US than in The Netherlands. You see them everywhere, and people display them so openly. It was jarring. In The Netherlands, I always feel as if people are ashamed to take devices out of their pockets in the first place. No wonder US-based writers like Gruber and Arment think Apple dominates everything - if you rarely leave the US, it seems as if they do! Six, and this is not technology related at all but I want to get it off my chest because us Europeans could learn a thing or two from it: Americans are the nicest people I've ever had the pleasure of dealing with. I knew this from my existing American friends and from my previous trip to the US (Texas, ten years ago), but it bears repeating. Open, interested, kind, helpful, considerate, and nice. Not exactly qualities I'd ascribe to most of my fellow countrymen. Alright, as you were!
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A question of cultural differences.
by jollix on Sat 1st Dec 2012 12:52 UTC
jollix
Member since:
2010-10-27

Years ago I read an article about job interviews and it was saying that in The Netherlands the more modest you are (during the interview) the more chances you have to take the job, and in the USA is the opposite - the more modest you are the less chances you have.

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StuS Member since:
2012-12-01

Naw. It depends on the company. And if they only want arrogant people, it just depends on whether you like that environment as to whether you should present yourself that way.

I've definitely rejected candidates for being arrogant or a tad too aggressive in interviews (and nothing crazy), and have gotten past interview rounds myself trying to be as candid about my deficiencies as possible. In fact I just rejected a resume that said "Excellent writing skills" and then misspelled the word "language" right after. Since this is tech, if they hadn't said the former, the latter would not have mattered to me at all. Whoops.

Heck, I avoid teams and managers at my own company that act like that, and it's all turned out all right for me. In the end, if you do a good job, and provide some value, and politely disengage with people when they're aggressive, they will eventually tone themselves down.

I can train anyone how to program, but I can't seem to train some people not to be jerks, no matter how smart they are.

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miker Member since:
2009-07-08

I can train anyone how to program, but I can't seem to train some people not to be jerks, no matter how smart they are.


Anyone to program? I can can introduce you to a jerk that proudly announced that after 5 years of programming he finally understood multidimensional arrays (which at one point he declared to be impossible in ActionScript.)

He spent the previous 4 years earning a computer science degree.

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