Oaktech (12th June 2012)
I've had the junk tower test before, but I would have politely said get stuffed at the tree bit! I'm there because I'm good at what I do, not to embarrass myself for the pleasure of the interviewers!
Oaktech (12th June 2012)
But things like that are fun ... it is about letting go of a few inhibitions and throwing yourself into it. Done well it can be a fantastic way of finding people who will muck in, adapt and play well with others. Of course, done badly and they will produce anger, hostility, frustration and sarcasm.
A good HR team will plant a candidate who can soften any animosity towards these sort of activities without giving away how to complete tasks.
Still ... could have been worse. I've been asked to act out the sinking of the Titanic before. 6 of us made the iceberg and 2 made the Titanic. Some of the hammiest acting I've seen since Keanu Reeves was in Much Ado About Nothing.
Im sorry but if I was going for an acting job yes, but reinacting the sinking of the Titanic?
I can just see it - (Imagine Blackadder and the Interviewer is Col. Melchett)
Interviewer - Ok, so you two are the iceberg and you three the ship... chop chop, get on with it!
Interviewee - But I've got a degree in computer science, a doctorate in computational mathematics and I've been in IT for 25 years?
Interviewer - But we have to find out if you are a team player and will be a good laugh at the Christmas party! Hmm, ok you be Kate Winslet!
Interviewee - I was lead programmer for IBM's Watson!
Interviewer - *Looks up from his candidate list after crossing the candidates name off* Uh what, who's son? Nepotism will get you nowhere here! See Dave over there? He's exactly what were after, he's recreating the end scene where Jack drowns with the top of my desk and a bucket of water! Imagine what he could do with a Christmas turkey, some mistletoe and a fake snowman!
Interviewee - A fake snowman?
Interviewer - You know? The type you get at Christmas parties? Pah, cant you do anything? Get out of my sight!
The thing about interviews is 10% is to do with experience. They already know about that as they read your CV they are just making sure you didn't lie on it. The rest is about if you fit into the company and how you work and adapt...
Last edited by russdev; 12th June 2012 at 10:30 PM.
When I finally started enjoying them, I got 3 job offers in a week and I didn't need to do them any more
Oh dear, that sounds horrifying! I probably would have declined at that point. As a professional, if I'd been asked to behave as a tree I would have said 'sorry but if this is how your company treats applicants this is not a company I want to work for'. An interview is not just about begging them to employ you, it is also about whether or not you want to work for that company and if they treat you like a fool then clearly that will establish a pattern for your employment so I'd have told them to get bent...
So do you think you wood enjoy working there?
So I spend ages trying to write a witty to and fro and you guys stump for easy one liners!
I should take a leaf out of all your books!
bondbill2k2 (14th June 2012)
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