RE:<I only wish that Microsoft would apply the same criteria to female and physically disabled candidates for DE positions.>
What, are you kidding?
OK, you asked, so here you go. My professional qualifications are as follows: 1) I ran my own .NET dev shop for 4 years, where I was lead architect and dev for projects from ASP.NET, SOA, BizTalk, SharePoint, etc... 2) I am a MCT for 8 years and taught over 40 different MSL courses 3) I recently authored a book and a course on BI for developers 4) I worked with MSL on curriculum and exams for SQL, SharePoint and more 5) I hold all premier MS certifications - MCSE, MCDBA, MCSD, etc... 6) Prior to entering tech, I was a 'C' level executive for more than 7 years 7) I have a degree in linguistics and speak multiple languages
Hm...I think I said all of this in the (video) interview as well.
Are you actually saying that I was hired because I am athletic, rather than the above qualifications? Ok, well it is true that I run 5k races, but I can't say that I do that with any particular distinction. Also, at 5'8" without shoes, no one has ever called
You raise good points, it does take a certain personality type to be successful as an evangelist.
For me, curiousity is the driver. It is sometimes tricky to balance learning, presenting, etc...however, you should note that we often present the same information multiple times (and sometimes in multiple formats - i.e. live, web casts).
The other thing you mentioned is also important - perfectionists will be challenged by this job.
Those who have a certain tolerance for ambiguity will probably be happier in the job - between working with beta software and constant change, flexibility is a key trait.