02BEE: Work Puzzles

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Metro Manila Community Quarantine - Day 998
Reading Target: 59 books left

On top of everything else today, my work shift ended with a problem. Not a terrible one - but more of an analytics puzzle, which makes it a fun problem. On the surface, it's one of the more typical cases of a team member asking how to work with a data sheet to get a desired view of the data. But it was one of those cases in that I didn't immediately know how to get things in the way needed and I spent my last work hour puzzling through this and figuring out how to do it. 

I eventually got it and we'll just have to scale it once we add in the data for the second half of the year. But at least I figured it out and make up with a decent solution. I learned a new function that Google Sheets supports and we'll see how that helps in the future. And that felt pretty good. I'm sure there's a more efficient way of accomplishing what I did and maybe I'll figure that out in time. But at least I have a way to resolve it for now.

In other news, I've been participating in a lot of interview panels for different positions. It takes up a wee bit of time and interviews are one of my major notetaking challenges even with my shift to Notion. A lot of it can feel like a waste of time, but every now and then you get to meet particularly interesting candidates that make the whole effort feel a lot more worthwhile. 

It helps that we're hiring for fit and not for quantity. I remember the struggle of my BPO years when you'd get candidate after candidate and would have no choice but make snap decisions based on a very short interview process. I probably honed my interview skills during those years and learned when to trust my intuition about specific candidates - provided the data would support my thinking. I'd like to think I haven't been wrong very often, at least not critically so.

I'm listening to an audiobook while blogging since Tobie has a late work call. I have 5+ hours left in this one and I wish I had chosen a shorter title given my looming reading goals. Steadily but surely for now.