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Re: Sexing up the good old CV

I was once assigned to recruit candidates from Cornell. I put on a coat and tie so I looked like a "suit" and started interviewing students. Each student was allotted 1/2 an hour (minus 5 minutes I used to scan their resume). One candidate was optimizing something to do with integer programming but the resume was weird. So I thought i would cut to the chase. My first question was, "do you mean that you can solve an NP-complete problem in polynomial time?" The response was amazing - he looked at me and said, " Oh, you understand this stuff - let me tell you what I am really doing." He was quite bright and we had quite an interesting conversation. I gave him high marks for intelligence but unfortunately couldn't find a match in our company for someone with his skills.

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