“How would you rate yourself, on a scale from one to ten, in technology XYZ?”
Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge. – Charles Darwin, Descent of Man, 1871
There is a paradox that presents itself as people learn about a new subject. Only when they get somewhere past the halfway point to mastery, however that might be measured, do they even begin to realize how very little they actually know. Until they reach that point, the unwise and immature will consistently overestimate their abilities. The wise should realize that “they don’t know what they don’t know” all along.
This isn’t some sensei/grasshopper Karate Kid cliché. There are studies to back this claim up, and the claim happens to be one of the favorite subjects of Alan Holub, an object-oriented programming guru (my title, not his). Continue reading Essential Technical Interview Questions – Part 2