Had an on-campus job interview with a guy from lockheed martin today. not good! First off, he takes me to this room to the side to watch a video about the company. He starts to pick up the remote controls on the table but then he's like, "Oh, you're electronics, you can figure this out. I need to write some notes on the last interview, just go ahead and start this and I'll be with you in a minute, okay?" There's a T.V. on the cabinet and a video camera hooked to it. I didn't see a VCR so I assume they're using the camera as a playback device. I put it in play mode and push play but nothing happens, I play with the remotes and nothing happens, finally I go to the receptionist at career services (very quietly!) and ask her to help me but then I see the guy (!) in the hall and he's like, "It might not be rewound, is that the problem?" Crap, he knows I can't work a damn TV! Then the receptionist comes in, opens up the cabinet the TV is on, and there's a VCR in there. She pushes play and the video starts, I sit there feeling like an utter failure. UHG!
That was mistake #1. Anyway, I've met this guy before and know he's an electrical engineer type, so during the interview he asks me about senior design and I start going on and on about how I tried off-the-shelf A/D converters but they wouldn't work so I had to use a PIC and I'd never used a PIC before but had to learn how to program the PIC and time the PIC and... suddenly he stops me, kind of chuckles, and says, "You'll have to explain to me what a PIC is." shit! you never talk over an interviewer's head! Why did I assume everyone in the world knew what a PIC was?! I explained that it was a small reprogrammable microcontroller chip... did that make sense?
Then he explains that he's in town for the advisory board meeting tomorrow (oh, so interviews are just a side thing?) and the Orlando offices are only looking for like 10 people instead of 100 like last year and he'll send my resume forward and do his best... yeah.
So I'm not expecting a call back from Lockheed anytime soon. damn damn damn damn damn.
Am also trying to learn Java which is a total nightmare, nothing I do makes sense (but hell, nothing java does makes sense either so maybe we're meant for each other?) and I end up deleting basically everything I write and running to dataknife for help. He's totally the coolest ever for doing so much for me over the past few days, but I feel awful about having to bug him so much and he's probably becoming very aware of the fact that I know nothing. Have no idea how to pay him back for all this help, so I've decided that this week I'll answer every e-mail I get from website visitors asking for help with stuff, sort of a pay-it-forward theme. I sometimes ignore questions about how to adopt a useless blobs and stuff (what do you say that's not already on the web page?), but if dataknife can handle all my totally retarded questions, I can handle those.