Nailed it! (Right through his foot, but still...)

New IT director arrives at this company, and within a few months IT staffers are leaving in droves, according to a pilot fish on the scene.

"We were in desperate need for Unix admins, since half the team left," fish says.

"One applicant's resume was full of contract work -- a few months there, a few months here. We had doubts even before we called the person in for the interview."

But call him in they do, and fish is on the interviewing team.

How do you rate yourself as a Linux admin, on a scale of 1 to 10? one of the interviewers asks. "To be modest, I'm a 10," applicant replies.

So you know the OS well. How would you extend a logical volume? "Oh, I don't do the day-to-day stuff, I just create a request for the other team. I mainly do architecture."

OK, fish thinks, that's fine as far as it goes. But the next few questions are all pretty simple -- and the interviewers get the same "I have no idea" answers.

Finally, fish asks how the applicant would set up password-less SSH. "Why don't you stop asking me basic questions?" applicant says. "Ask me about troubleshooting."

Sighs fish, "At this point, we gave up and told him, 'We have no further questions. Do you have any questions for us?'

"He said, 'When will you decide to fill the position? I have great confidence on starting this new opportunity.'"

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