Interview preparation

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I have 34 years of IT experience and has been retrenched a few months ago. As you can imagine it is hard to find new employment at my age. I mostly worked in a development environment, but lately only did Account Management. I spent a short time doing maintenance on a system, which confirmed that programming is basically like riding a bike. You never lose that skills. I have been invited for an interview for a position as team leader. Although I know the development tools well, I have not been part of the later methodologies as far as SDLC is concerned. Used to do a Requirements spec, Functional spec, Technical Spec and the development, testing, user documentation and maintenance afterwards. I have been reading quite a bit about the technologies and my assumption is that it does not really differ from what I am used to do. Am I right in that regard? Also, I think my response to questions during the interview will be to focus on what the company is currently using as a methodology and base my answers on the fact that I need to first have to analyse what they are doing and adapt myself to that. Any suggestions?

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  • Meandyou
    Even tho I agree that programming ET. AL. is like riding a bike (that is to say that anyone with 30+ years experience knows a lot), unfortunately too many pointy haired bosses only want to hear the latest buzz words. I agree with you that your old skills should still suffice. What you will find is that almost no one does the analysis much any more - they just start coding. The requirements gathering, the functional analysis phase, the business rules definitions ... I think a LOT of places just skip past that. And that is a shame. (might that be one reason that new systems don't last for 20 or 30 years anymore?) As team leader, perhaps your skills to motivate and lead and bring the group together will out weigh your lack of "new" skills (which are the old ones just repackaged). Perhaps you could focus on the big projects you have worked on; numbers of people, complexity, size, etc to show you will not get lost in this project. How this turns out for you may well hinge on who it is that is conducting the interview (and what their attitude).
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