Every professional wants to be at the top of their field. And I’m on my way there.

I recently went to an interview that didn’t go as planned….

It was a completely different interview format from what I was used to. Usually I am with an HR member and a lead developer and they ask a couple of vague questions about coding that I answer correctly. I, personally always found interviews to be about your personality and to see if you could get along with your co workers.

This interview was not like that.

I had a list of technical questions I reviewed before hand. I thought I had a pretty good understanding. But when the interviewers asked me to elaborate on my answers, I couldn’t. I had an understanding of what the code means, but couldn’t really explain how I would use them (since I hadn’t use them in a professional context).

I had bombed my first technical interview and it did not feel good.

But it made me realize I needed to upgrade my skills as a developer.For most of my career have been all clients focused. So my skills are all around about what that client wanted at that time. Some times I would discover new things, but mostly it was projects that I couldn’t carry with me.

What I learned from my interview is that I needed to “Go back to School.” If I want to continue to rise in my field, I can’t just wait and hope for a job with show me the way. I need to challenge myself on my own.

My first step is GitHub. There I will be able to show case my progress.