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Learning Perl in 4 hours for a Job Interview

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hackers238    122
Hey all, I'm a third year college student majoring in Computer Science. I'm going on a job interview that I'm well suited for, excepting one area: perl! I don't know a thing about it. If anyone has any resources that might be helpful which I can look over for a few hours tonight, that would be great. Just something to give the impression that I know what I'm talking about if/when it comes up in the interview. Thanks!

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Telastyn    3777
1. Don't lie at an interview. If the interviewers are actually competent (not guaranteed, but...) they'll be able to tell; mostly through little inconsistencies in phrases or by what your thought processes are like. Not something you can cram for.

Plus nobody hits all the requirements for a position. Be honest where you're lacking.

2. The docs are actually not terrible.

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fpsgamer    856
I think it would be best to just tell the interviewer you don't know Perl. Problem solved.

If you study it for four hours and try to fake it, it will be obvious.

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mrbastard    1577
Quote:
Original post by fpsgamer
If you study it for four hours and try to fake it, it will be obvious.

and if it's not obvious to them, you'd probably be better off not working for them. If they'll hire you based on lies, the co-workers you depend on may have been hired the same way...

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nilkn    960
First, nobody ever matches the profile for a job perfectly. Job interviewers know this. If your set of skills happens to be precisely the set of skills the employer wants, they will probably be suspicious. Don't lose confidence over your not knowing Perl.

Part of getting a new job (especially while you're still in college) is learning the tools the company specializes in. You will never get a new job and know every piece of technology they use, every language they use, every library they use; in addition, you'll most likely be maintaining a lot of legacy code which you'll have never seen in your life. Never expect to get hired as a programmer and then start writing software from scratch. It happens, but it's far more likely you'll have to work on software for which many thousands of lines of code have already been written.

Just be honest. Don't pretend to know more about Perl than you do. If they don't hire you, then that means you couldn't have done the job without knowing Perl--i.e., you aren't qualified. Don't sweat it. Move on. Perhaps learn Perl in your spare time. [smile]

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ryjax    125
If you get stumped with a question about perl, tell them the solution have in mind on how you would do it in a language that you know and would google for a perl solution.

It'll show that you're capable of finding a solution for yourself and will not heavily rely on your co-workers for doing the job for you.

Obviously, things done in perl will be a lot less lines of code than other languages (like c++, for example), but it's one of those things you'll learn during your research.

Good luck!

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