Who the heck knows.
I left home this morning at 9:00am and made it to their place about noon to do a quick recon. I decided that it was a good time to take lunch since I was not supposed to be there until 1:00PM. I relaxed a bit and listened to Bill O'Reilly on the radio talk about how he doesn't care if people like him or not. I returned to the prospective employer about 10 til.
They ganged up on me. All at once.
I was grilled on my RF knowledge and some technical background. I didn't study up on my opamps but I believe that I still got the answer correct... let me check... Yup. A=1+(Rf/Ri). Basic. I was also tried on a test of which is better for digital and what the difference was between asyncronous or synchronous. As he was drawing the figure on the board, I almost blurted out "asychronous" before he finished the first figure or even described the problem. I decided to bite my tongue and wait for the test to be fully written. I'm not sure it would have made a difference. I, however, never used the word "asynchronous" and I think that was what he was looking for. I tend to be literal when asked a techical question. He asked "why" one was preferred and so I gave him the reasons why the first figure was not desireable.
I was tested on the basics. Real simple stuff. But, if you don't have the basics, then you can do nothing at all. I was prepared to plot out a state machine or find the bug in the C code.
I was sucessful in the portfolio department. I was able to show my wares at appropriate moments and I think that helped them evaluate me on the type of employee I would make.
One thing that has continually haunted my job search is that I have no experience with VHDL - a programming language used to design microchips. I would probably have had a job at Raytheon by now if it weren't for that knowledge gap. Still, I understand the basics and that means I can learn it.
The interview ended on a positive note. There was some discussion how to get around the fact I have committed to work for my present company for a while longer. My company can offer me another two months of work (I start again on Monday). Bailing on them now would really cramp their plans, so I don't want to break that commitment. The new company sounds like they are willing to work with me on that issue. I might be able to telecommute for a while. Eventually I will have to go in and start working.
Overall, I feel okay - not great, just okay - about how the interview went. Worst case, they have some products that my present employer may be interested in. I still come out with a win-win for all. That ain't bad.
I left at 3:30PM and was home at 6:10PM.
I drove 372.4 miles and used $38.60 in gasoline for this interview. Job search expenses are tax deductible, soooooo.