Job rejected me because of programming document I sent them?

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    Angry Job rejected me because of programming document I sent them?

    Hi all,

    So basically I applied to a consultancy job in which they then requested for more information on my procedural programming in c++ ...

    One week later I sent them the document in which they then rejected my application ...?

    The man said his MD looked over it and it wasn't close to what he required ...

    The problem is that we didn't concentrate on procedural programming in uni, just on OOP in which I am really good in ....

    The procedural program i explained to them was about the manipulation of linked list which I thought would show my strong abilities in programming but apparently it didn't even though my teacher said manipulation of linked lists is a really complex task in procedural programming.

    The man said re-apply in a couple of months so I was thinking what program can I work on from scratch that will enable me to show my full programming ability or do I just try and re-write the document I sent them if they ask for more information again?

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    Did you write your Link List code using C++ classes? Do you think they wanted it written entirely using C function calls instead?

    What type of programming job did you apply for? Was it specifically related to application development or was it more of an algorithm based programming job? I only ask because knowing that makes it far easier to give you suggestions for things you could code to show them next time.

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    Thanks for your reply,

    Well the program was written with a structure and functions in that the user was able to opt for various manipulations such as adding a new node, removing one and even displaying it. The data was read from file and then any modifications would update the file or so.

    It was just a consultancy job that required "some exposure to programming" they just specify that you should be able to program in a conventional procedural programming language.

    They were happy with my CV its just when I sent them that document they didn't seem to be impressed, but I have had a lot of exposure to programming so I didn't even think that would have been an issue.

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    Perhaps your code sucks? If you want to know if that's the case, post it here...you're sure to get a critique.

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    lol ... I didn't send them the code -,- I sent them a worded document of the functionality of the program

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    Perhaps they wanted the code?

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    "Please give details of the most significant computer program you have written, preferably one you wrote in a conventional procedural programming language (e.g. Java, C, C++). "

    This the main part of the email... They only asked for details ...

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    What you described as the most significant computer program you've written was not sufficient. You sent them how to manipulate a linked list, something covered in your first or second semester in any standard CS curriculum. I'm quite sure that was not what they were looking for, because let's face it...if that's the most significant program you've written, it's not particularly impressive.

    Have you considered asking them for a more detailed explanation of why you were rejected, so you can use it as a learning experience? If you couch it that way, they may look favorably upon you in future dealings, should there be any. You would be seen as a go-getter and someone who follows through.

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    Thanks for your reply,

    Well i did email them back and told them that it doesn't show my full programming capabilities and that we have only been focusing on heavy OOP programming where I have developed and implemented a large and by far much more complex software.

    The man replied saying he can't ask for feedback from the MD but he said that the programming wasn't close to what they required which fair enough is true as you said manipulation of linked list isn't impressive. But the man did mention that they wanted to know about procedural programming and not OOP and told me to re-apply in a couple of months or so...

    So I was wondering what programming task could I do that would show my true abilities in programming in procedural programming.

    I have tried to browse the net for ideas or so but I haven't been able to find anything. Do you have any ideas where I could get a task to do or so?

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    Sounds like they don't understand what they are asking. Procedural in C++? Sure.

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    I don't understand the last message :S

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    Quote Originally Posted by antbtr View Post
    I don't understand the last message :S
    Procedural programming in C++ essentially boils down to C. Since the main difference between C and C++ is the OO programming paradigm.

    Have you thought about doing something with OpenGL or DirectX? Even if the job you are applying for does not have anything to do with graphics libraries, it would provide a good way to make your program look 'impressive'. I know it sounds superficial, but adding in a load of graphical stuff makes people think "wow", even if the underlying code is fairly basic/trivial.

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    >>Procedural programming in C++ essentially boils down to C. Since the main difference between C and C++ is the OO programming paradigm.

    Not necessarily. C++ objects can be used in a procedural way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by whiteflags View Post
    Not necessarily. C++ objects can be used in a procedural way.
    I wasn't thinking of using objects in that way when I made my comment, but that is true, they can be used in a procedural way; however I don't think that is what Bubba meant when he (or she) said: "Procedural in C++? Sure."

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    Hey guys,

    Thanks for the reply.... Im not exactly sure what to do in order to develop a impressive procedual program ...

    What I mean is where can I find a task that I can do that shows compexity of procedural programming?

    Swarvy: where can I find OpenGL or DirectX tasks to do ?

    Thanks

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