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Daniel Gonzalez graduated from John Carroll University in 2014 with a 3.68 GPA, and received a Bachelor Degree of Science in Computer Science and East Asian Studies. Since graduating John Carroll University Daniel has worked at the local Cleveland company ThunderTech. Daniel was hired at the position of Support Developer and is currently at this position. Daniel has currently been working on a number of content installs and is using an application called Content Management Systems (CMS) to create the sites. This client allows the developers to go into and update and make edits to their current sites. This client is also a very simple client to use that requires minimal knowledge of HTML.

Daniel is apart of ThunderTech's Data Department. The Data Department has two main groups, the User Experience team and the App Development team. The App Development team has an additional subgroup that Daniel is currently in. This subgroup is The Support Team.

Daniel's currently known languages:

Java, C#, PHP, HTML, asp.net and JQuery computer languages


How does the work you have done at ThunderTech compare to the programs/work you have done JCU?

-A little easier; currently I've been working on a few content installs and we use applications called Content Management Systems (or CMS) to help create the sites. The idea is that our clients go into their sites and make updates/edits to their general content without needing to know much about HTML or coding logic (though it could help). If I'm not working on working with the CMS it also is a bit easier since (right now) I'm not creating everything from scratch and I only need to make specific changes, so if I can find where I need to make the change.

How many companies have you interviewed at? And how many of these interviews were technical interviews(requiring you to write code of some sort)? If so what did they have you do?

-Honestly I can't remember how many companies I applied for; my old job application spreadsheet had about 45-50 jobs listed and I'd say about 3/4 of them where for programming positions (the rest where for help desk positions). One copy had me make a patch for a small piece of code using mods (ex: mod%3) and my task was to edit the code to be more efficient. That was only one interview in my experience and the rest was general what have I worked on/with and also display and explain a piece of code I made (I used an old homework example).

Could you give us examples of what questions were brought up during interviews?

Interview Questions:

- What applications have I worked on
- What languages have I used
- Projects I've been a part of
- What about the company interested me (Suggested doing research on the company you are going to interviewed by)
- How I organize projects/assignments
- Asked if I had any questions for them

If you could go back and change anything during any of your interviews what would it be? (Discuss as many as you like, if any at all)

Things I'd like to change:

-Not be as nervous; I ended up going to the company when that particular interview was supposed to be a phone interview
-This isn't anything I want change but just a recommendation: short of wearing a tux I’d always dress up for an interview (dress short/pants, jacket, wear a class ring, get a nice haircut, etc.)
-Another recommendation: have a copy of your resume on hand to answer any questions

What courses at JCU would benefit us most in the work place?
CS 225: Advanced Web Design
CS 470: Software Development Project