They’ve got SQL smarts and the certification to prove it. But do they have what it takes to be the next Microsoft employee?Watch the challenges unfold on our website beginning July 24, 2012: http://aka.ms/bethenext
Oh, My, God. I actually won the first challenge! The win is bittersweet though...I hate to see my fellow contestants feeling down about the outcome. I realize that this is a competition and that for each of the challenges only 1 person can win, but it doesn’t feel good to only have 1 person win when all of us are trying so hard and going through a very difficult experience.
It’s difficult to put into words just how unnerving being under this type of pressure is. I’ve been under extreme duress before to complete a project, or to fix a production related outage, but this competition is a completely different type of stress. During the challenge we had cameras up in our faces, people walking by watching our every keystroke, and even a funky live band playing 50 feet away (Yes, Microsoft had a live band playing. Would be so sweet if I wasn't stressing over the challenge.) Not to mention the fact that I’m going up against 3 very, very smart and talented people with WAY (10 years+) more experience than I have when it comes to SQL.
Presenting my solution to the judges was absolutely terrifying. There I was, standing in front of 3 of the most talented judges from Microsoft, and trying to explain myself and my approach to the challenge. Personally I am not fit for public speaking (it’s why I like computers…duh), and I could hear my voice wobbling and my palms sweating. Not to mention that I wasn't totally happy with the results of my work, having to scramble from a mid-challenge computer failure. Even after having been announced the winner I felt like there were better ways I could have come up with the solution.
Reflecting on the this week’s challenge, I can say I look towards the next challenge with caution, and will try my very best.
Be sure to check out my personal video blog about the experience thus far!
PS – Almost forgot to mention! The prize was access to any 10 E-titles from Microsoft of my choosing! Pretty sweet and will definitely be put to good use.
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