Well this was the week to find out where I’d be working and come September, I’ll be taking my web development and design hobby to the next level at Indigo, Canada’s largest books retailer. That’s right, you’re looking at (err, reading) a soon-to-be professional web developer.
Of course, I had my sights set on the Product Planning position at Microsoft, so I was decidedly disappointed when I didn’t get an offer from them. For days while I awaited word, I went over the two interviews I had for the position again and again in my mind. There were so many things I wanted to say, to show what I could bring to the table, but it seemed like the topics just never came up. I attribute it partly to the short length of the interviews, but also in large part to faults of my own. I need to work on my interview skills; I feel that regardless of what the interviewer asks, I should be able to portray myself the way I want to and to guide the direction of the interview, even if those questions don’t come up.
Another time, perhaps. I do have one more work term left and I’ll be taking these lessons learned to heart.
Enough moping. Back to Indigo. I’m very excited about the position as I’ll have the opportunity to work on both the UI/design aspect of the project as well as back-end development. In the web market, too often you only have the chance to do one or the other. Speaking of the project, it’s a new web application just in the design phase now, so by the time I get there in September, I should be entering it at the ground floor. Hopefully that means I’ll have some control over how it’s implemented.
The Indigo interview was a different animal from the Microsoft one. I was in complete control, and I let my passion for the web industry ooze. In fact, this blog played a large part in getting the job. After speaking about my design experience, I decided my point would be stronger with a tangible example, and pointed the interviewer to randomprocess.ca. It didn’t take long for him to be impressed by the design as well as clean XHTML and CSS. Combined with my ASP.NET and PHP development experience at Sybase, I painted myself as a well-rounded web developer and designer.
The office is in downtown Toronto, which, in my mind, is one of the detractors. I’m just a small-town kid, having grown up in Charlottetown. My experiences with the big city consist of being a tourist, seeing how things are so different. I’ll be giving the city a chance; then no one will be able to say I don’t like the hustle and bustle just because I haven’t experienced it.