My New Rule

OK, time to be blunt: Don’t ask me specific things about Avanade unless I know who you are.

That’s my new rule. I don’t mean to be so harsh or blunt, but it’s a self preserving issue. Now, you can contact me asking me specific things about interviews, work environment, etc… via e-mail, IM, snail mail, what have you, but I will not respond. Why would I do this? Well, here are some reasons that I can think of:

  • I don’t know you.
  • I don’t know who you work for.
  • I don’t know if your desire for information is legitimate.
  • You could be a competitor.
  • You could be a client.
  • You could work for Avanade and see what I’d say.
  • You could want inside info on our internal processes.
  • Hidden interests are a dangerous thing.
  • Mainly, I don’t trust you.

Why do I even bother saying this? Well, I know that “avanade blog” or “avanade interview tips” are a couple of the highest hitting searches to find entries on this site. I also have been contacted in the past and I have done things that I no longer will do. However, I will say that I have been blessed with information from those much more wise than myself and am heeding that advice.

You might think that this is kind of a silly thing to do, but I see it otherwise. I don’t mean for people to think that Avanade is making me do this (they are most definitely not). I love working for them and I would speak highly to general things about the company, given the right situation and only giving up already publicly available information. Also, it’s not that I write about work on here that much, or with any regularity. I’m just not comfortable with it.

Now, when I was interviewing for jobs out of school, I didn’t know who I was going to be working for and I was sharing my experiences of the process with anybody who wanted to read it. I’ll keep those experiences archived here, but I just don’t write a lot about what I do. There’s a couple of reasons for that. Foremost is an NDA. You’d mostly be interested in what specifically I do and I can’t really talk about it. Secondly, blogging about work is just a mine field, in my opinion.

I don’t know why I’m even writing about this, but it’s been coming across my mind and I figure that if I write it down, I’ll move on. So, here’s to a topic that’s more interesting than this… like Buster the Pumpkin.