The most "shocking" interview that I ever had

tearofstearofs Member Posts: 112
So, today I walked into an interview, and walked out with a Cisco 3550 switch in hand ... I am still shocked, Did anybody have similar experiences like this ?

The interview itself went well (I guess lol), I had conversations with both Vice President & Vice President Engineering. They are cool as hell. At the end, the Vice President Engineering (he is a CCIE) ended up giving me a cisco 3550 switch after I show him my home lab diagram.

Is this normal? They said they will get back to me in a week or two. What do you guys think?


btw: the job is 60% system + everything else (networking etc) field tech in case you want to know.

Thanks
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  • SelfmadeSelfmade Member Posts: 268
    that's bad ass

    sounds like you might have gotten the job, or they just wanted to give you something, maybe they were feeling charitable, or a combination of both!
    It's not important to add reptutation points to others, but to be nice and spread good karma everywhere you go.
  • jamesleecolemanjamesleecoleman Member Posts: 1,899 ■■■■■□□□□□
    It's never happened to me and I haven't heard similar things happen to other people but thats cool!!
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  • skylineskyline Member Posts: 135
    WTH... I have never ever heard of anything like that happening. Guess they like you?

    Does the switch work? or was it their clever way to get rid of a broken switch.
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  • keenonkeenon Member Posts: 1,922 ■■■■□□□□□□
    that's new to me. never seen that happen before. I had an interview once where I had to fix a switch.
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  • tearofstearofs Member Posts: 112
    skyline wrote: »
    WTH... I have never ever heard of anything like that happening. Guess they like you?

    Does the switch work? or was it their clever way to get rid of a broken switch.

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    I don't even need to run password recovery. Also, the Vice President Engineering offering me free IOS, any version he said.
  • mikej412mikej412 Member Posts: 10,086 ■■■■■■■■■■
    tearofs wrote: »
    What do you guys think?
    You should take whatever you did on that interview and bottle it and sell it. icon_lol.gif
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  • tpatt100tpatt100 Member Posts: 2,991 ■■■■■■■■■□
    I think maybe somebody saw something in you that they saw in themselves when they were younger?
  • tearofstearofs Member Posts: 112
    tpatt100 wrote: »
    I think maybe somebody saw something in you that they saw in themselves when they were younger?

    Excellent point icon_thumright.gif
  • tearofstearofs Member Posts: 112
    One more thing to add, the interview last almost an hour.
  • ipconfig.allipconfig.all Banned Posts: 428
    HAHAHHAHA HAHAHAHAHHA AHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAH A HAHAHAH man that is so cool. What if you do not get the job will you return it? I reckon you got it!!!
  • thenjdukethenjduke Member Posts: 894 ■■■■□□□□□□
    Okay I had something similiar happen to me about 5 years ago. I had a interview with my old boss. We had a interview for close to three hours. I had shown him what I had did with my home network and he had given me a desktop rack for my routers. I had not even started my CCNA studies I was still getting my MCSE up to date because I had let my Windows 2000 MCSE expire. I got the job the next day and lasted there for three years. I am still good friends with him too.
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  • tearofstearofs Member Posts: 112
    thenjduke wrote: »
    Okay I had something similiar happen to me about 5 years ago. I had a interview with my old boss. We had a interview for close to three hours. I had shown him what I had did with my home network and he had given me a desktop rack for my routers. I had not even started my CCNA studies I was still getting my MCSE up to date because I had let my Windows 2000 MCSE expire. I got the job the next day and lasted there for three years. I am still good friends with him too.

    Very nice.

    To be honest, I am a little bit unsure at this point (cuz they told me to wait for 1 week +). Anyway, I already sent out two thank-you letters. We will see how that goes.
  • vColevCole Member Posts: 1,573 ■■■■■■■□□□
    Wow - that's pretty sweet!
  • thenjdukethenjduke Member Posts: 894 ■■■■□□□□□□
    tearofs wrote: »
    Very nice.

    To be honest, I am a little bit unsure at this point (cuz they told me to wait for 1 week +). Anyway, I already sent out two thank-you letters. We will see how that goes.

    I think you will get it.. Not like that switch is cheap :)
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  • networker050184networker050184 Mod Posts: 11,962 Mod
    mikej412 wrote: »
    You should take whatever you did on that interview and bottle it and sell it. icon_lol.gif


    Indeed! Pass some this way too. The most I ever got out of an interview was a job and here I was thinking I was doing a good job!
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  • shecoolshecool Member Posts: 33 ■■□□□□□□□□
    That's the best interview in the world!
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    teraterm = win!
  • mikej412mikej412 Member Posts: 10,086 ■■■■■■■■■■
    tearofs wrote: »
    To be honest, I am a little bit unsure at this point (cuz they told me to wait for 1 week +).

    Hopefully it's a down payment on a job offer icon_cool.gif -- but even if it turns out to be a "miss congeniality award" it still means you had a GREAT interview. icon_cheers.gif
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  • ZartanasaurusZartanasaurus Member Posts: 2,008 ■■■■■■■■■□
    I just faxed my resume to every Hooters in the tri-state area.
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    Work has several unused ASAs and Routers, unfortunately I can't convince them to give them up... icon_sad.gif
  • CChNCChN Member Posts: 81 ■■□□□□□□□□
    This is deemed a best practice in the network engineering industry. A VP or other high-level executive will provide a potential hire with an extensive dowry before issuing an employment contract. A dowry that usually consists of a multilayer switch, three-legged yak, a yo-yo, and his second daughter. G'luck to you my friend.
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  • tearofstearofs Member Posts: 112
    Both thank-you letters had good responses. Good signs, tho I don't want to get excited.


    I will let you guys know whats next.
  • tearofstearofs Member Posts: 112
    I just came up another question for you guys:

    Like I said, I have met with Vice President & Vice President Engineering. Do you guys think there will be a second interview?

    Thanks
  • skylineskyline Member Posts: 135
    Usually they'll bring you back for a 2nd interview even if its a formality. If anything it will be a light interview to make sure your personality meshs well with everyone. Unless you got the tour of the place in 1st interview you will get it this time around.
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  • chrisonechrisone Senior Member Member Posts: 2,233 ■■■■■■■■■□
    now the real shocking thing here would be not to take the job and keep their switch LOL! icon_cheers.gif
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  • SelfmadeSelfmade Member Posts: 268
    chrisone wrote: »
    now the real shocking thing here would be not to take the job and keep their switch LOL! icon_cheers.gif

    Only way to complete that in a Machiavellian style would be to have a second job offer and take that instead of that job and keep their switch icon_twisted.gif
    It's not important to add reptutation points to others, but to be nice and spread good karma everywhere you go.
  • vColevCole Member Posts: 1,573 ■■■■■■■□□□
    Update if tearsof got the job?
  • tearofstearofs Member Posts: 112
    Update if tearsof got the job?

    I DID get an offer through phone 2 hours ago !!!!! icon_cheers.gif The Vice President Engineering also sent me an offer email. He said he is going send out official offer letter soon.

    Since nothing is "offical" , icon_twisted.gif yet .... I am going to hold my breath. But once I got the letter, I will share my story with all of you, with joys and tears.

    My 1st IT job, oh boy... I am still shocked icon_wink.gif.
  • MeanDrunkR2D2MeanDrunkR2D2 MCSA: Server 2012, MCITP: EDA KCMember Posts: 899 ■■■■■□□□□□
    Big congrats! Sounds like you found an awesome starting position and you will likely love everything about it!
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