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My Mega Enjoyable Exclusive Sit-Down Interview With Aart De Geus, Co-CEO of Synopsys

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

It is the Sunday night pre-reception before DAC; it is fairly crowded and most of the bigwigs of DAC are there, and umm so am I.  As I walk around in my trademark WHITE JACKET, fraternizing with old friends and meeting new people, I run into Aart, that’s Aart de Geus, CEO of Synopsys.  (I guess I now say, CO-CEO).

He is his usual charming self.  I asked him about his thoughts on the column I wrote about our chance 30-minute talk at the last DAC.  He says, “Who the heck are you”?  Well not exactly.  After a few reminder nudges he said, “ah yes I do. “I thought your article about me was fair and balanced”.  I said like FOX NEWS and he noticeably chuckled.  After some light banter about the column, to my amazement, he followed with, “would you like to do it again”? I choked slightly in shock and answered, of course.  This was 8 at night, the Miami Heat (my team) were on TV in the playoffs playing at that moment, and I knew the next many hours would be spent preparing for this privileged opportunity. He asked me to meet him at the Synopsys booth and from there we walked the few blocks to the Marriott, chatting like I would with a new friend, so easy and nonchalant.

The walk was so casual, discussing little tidbits about our personal life.  I think I learned more about the man during our walk than I did in the actual interview.  For a guy running a BILLION DOLLAR PLUS company, he is about as casual and down to earth as you and I.  The only difference (well at least speaking for myself): he has an IQ of about 500 points more than I have and a vision of reality hardly imaginable by most.


OBAMA!…How was DAC this Year…The ABSOLUTE DO’S and DON’TS of INTERVIEWING…Next, MY Exclusive with Aart De Geus…

Monday, June 11th, 2012

I had to add this after seeing the posting from my bud/guru Dan Nenni on Obama, since I think my story is way better.  As we depart the gate at SFO, they tell us we are pulling over to the side to “wait” because of weather in Dallas, (I knew I should have done as I usually do…gone through LAX and wrote this at  Chili’s).  An hour later, the Pilot announces Obama’s Air Force One has everything shut down for his departure from SFO. Just then, cool as can be, right out my window rolls POTUS.  I look on in amazement as AF1approaches the runway and suddenly jumped and said “ S#*^…..I have to get this on camera”…. way too loudly, I might add.  Since phones were on because we were sitting in a holding pattern, I fumbled for my phone and scrambled to film this once in a lifetime video.  By now AF-I with it’s entourage has turned from the taxi-way onto the active runway.  I have seconds…the icons on my phone seem so miniature…AF-1 starts rolling.  I hit the camera icon…the camera opens, I point and shoot…and all I get is an empty runway…nothing, nada, missed it all.  You don’t want to know the next words I yelled…First class asked me to please act accordingly  😉 

So I figured I would alleviate a few hours worth of answering the same question by writing what everyone will ask me in the coming weeks… “How was DAC”?  Now I can simply say, “read my darn column”.


EDA Careers @ DAC

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

DAC’s here accompanied by a GOOD YEAR in EDA…Look for ME in my “Signature” WHITE JACKET AT DAC and say HI…What makes DAC SO IMPORTANT???

First, APOLOGIES…I know I said I would do the follow up on my Hiring/Interviewing column this month, (the candidate side) on “The ABSOLUTE DO’S and DON’TS of INTERVIEWING”.  But with DAC here, I felt it best to do it in my “next” column…so I PROMISE, next column!

Yes my friends, it is DAC time again and much has happened over the past year.  Contrary to the pundits, EDA is still strong, still hiring, and still experienced a hell of a good year.  Our M&A’s certainly substantiate that and the growth reports show that things are still strong.  As my past columns discussed, EDA still has issues but all in all, most cannot complain.  Expectations for DAC are fairly strong for this year, though I suspect some of the optimism is helped out by DAC being in San Fran.  Of course I will be donning my usual WHITE SPORT COAT, which makes me quite easy to find (and makes for some interesting conversation throughout my day).  Please stop me and say hi!


A Must Read: The Most Common Catastrophic Interviewing Mistakes Made By Companies…

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

This column is my first column covering one topic.  The contents are so insightful, even incredibly beneficial, and should be a must read for anyone involved in any part of the interviewing process.  I believe that much of it will lead to better hires.

Everyday I deal with either prepping candidates for their interview or debriefing companies on their thoughts about that interview. From all this listening I have comprised what I think are the most common interviewing mistakes on both sides, though in this column I will only discuss the company side.  Remember after every interview I hear the thoughts on what occurred from both sides.  I hear the questions they were asked and I hear how they were answered, and I actually get to hear this from both the candidate and the company.

Every, and I mean every, company thinks their interviewing style and approach is the best.  Fact is, every company has good and bad hires, and the most promising hires sometimes do not work out and vice versa.  So take a look at the following and think if your company can use the following suggestions: after filtering much from both sides, here are just a few of the most common easy to remedy mistakes… (more…)

My DVCon 2012 EDA Careers Video Update and Why I Write My Column

Monday, March 26th, 2012

It is always exciting to be interviewed by Graham and published on the greatest portal in EDA,

My column is the only non-technical writing in EDA. I like to give my unique perspective on our industry, and talk about the non technical issues facing us. I also have frank discussions on employment, and the issues surrounding careers, from both the candidate and the company sides. My Recruiting abilities are well known but it is my contacts and relationships that give me the unique perspectives on the goings-on in EDA and my column like this interview, exemplifies my unique way of story telling…it is my hope that this is why my column has been so well read and discussed.

DVCon, how was it? Who most values using a recruiter, Company or Candidate? A Recruiter’s Perspective on Recruiters… Magma’s Rajeev’s “final statement” to me!

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

Please join me on LinkedIn!

Not to bore you but (like so many times before) it is 9:30pm and I am in my fav place at LAX…Chilis…again, working on my column!  I plan on finishing this in the Admirals Club where I will “sit” until my flight leaves at midnight.

I just left one of my favorite small conferences, DVCon. It is the small show that gets a terrific turnout.  Everyone going there has a purpose; they want to know what/who has the latest/greatest in verification tools. This show was no different than previous years except nearly 100% of the people were very optimistic about EDA and their business.  For me, I picked up  more new job reqs than ever and confirmed what I predicted in my Jan 2011 column (archived on our home page)…that the tide would shift and there would be more jobs than there are qualified candidates to fill them, (which is opposite of the many years past).  Companies are hiring like crazy and what used to be a flood of candidates looking for a few opportunities is now clearly the opposite.

While this makes our job more difficult, it also makes us more necessary.  So what does a recruiter bring to the table? (more…)

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