I thought it was to test their Computer History knowledge...!!
We invited ours in for coffee with the teachers at morning break.. That was a good test!
Yeah I have done this before.
I think its more about observing a candidate's problem solving approach than looking for specific knowledge.
I take 4 machines, disable 3 of them in some way and give a scenario for each one. The candidate has to prioritise the jobs and crack on with solving the problems. The fourth machine is for Google (its how we solve most problems right? ;) ). Bit mean but I have thrown in a completely knackered machine to see what they say.
What ive had to do before in an interview was get a laptop working, The NM had laid out all the disks, toolkit and laptop and I had to solve why it wasnt working. I was only allowed to use one item. either the toolkit or disks. good thing I chose the toolkit as he had unseated the RAM and then put the cover back on.
that was a good test as had to make a choice on what to use.
depending on what tasks he/she will be doing, could you base a task on that?
If you checked the RAM and it was fine, you'd be screwed.
Serial - 9 pin
Midi (yes, I remember those!) - 15 Pin
Parallel - 25 Pin
Then again.. I remember using SCSI drives in servers!
I'm sorry @VeryPC_Tom_M you didn't give the answer in the form of a question!
Now...who here honestly knew the answer WITHOUT googling to my question?