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General Chat Thread, A tree story.... ;) in General; I recently attended an interview. Things were progressing smoothly until we came to the 'group role-playing session' section of the ...
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    A tree story.... ;)

    I recently attended an interview. Things were progressing smoothly until we came to the 'group role-playing session' section of the day....

    There were half a dozen of us, and during the coffee break earlier we'd discussed what this session could possibly entail, and came to the conclusion it would be the usual 'support the difficult IT customer' type scenarios. How wrong we were.

    The session started. We had to stand in a circle, arms outstretched, and pretend that we were trees.....

    Not only 'pretend' that we were trees - we had to act like trees as well. At first we were willows, and we had to swish our arms around. Then we became oaks.....tall and strong.....

    At this point we were all looking for the hidden cameras and I made everyone laugh by saying I hoped we weren't horse chestnuts next as I might drop my conkers.....

    We then had to explain what trees we might be if we had a choice and why.

    I know what they were getting at with the session but what a stupid way of doing it! And for an IT job!

    I know now that if I ever audition for Playschool I've got a good chance!

    I'm not going to name the company interviewing as we had to sign a declaration at the start of the interview process that we would not 'disseminate any information regarding the interview process to third parties'......

    Whoops.

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    Sounds like a treemendous waste of time...

    Then again, better than having an irate end-user, roleplay or otherwise, barking at you.

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    Thats awesome. I want to be a tree!

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    Via a recruiter near Piccadilly?

    (story rings a bell)

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    Seems a fair test to me.

    Now they know how much BS you're willing to put up with if they employ you. Important when you're near the bottom of the ladder in IT Support.

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    I bet you felt a right plank.

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    I've heard about these sorts of interview techniques, but never actually been subjected to them. The closest I've ever got to bizarre interviews were the ones I did for IBM's graduate programme, part of which involved a teamwork exercise building something out of LEGO.

    I can sympathise with the idea of going off-piste for graduate job recruitment as it's difficult to judge a group of people who don't have experience, but if I was ever asked to be a tree when going for an experienced role, I would simply walk out. I think it's fair to say I have a pretty low tolerance for HR nonsense.

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    Im a little "Stumped" as to why they want you to act as trees?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AngryTechnician View Post
    I've heard about these sorts of interview techniques, but never actually been subjected to them. The closest I've ever got to bizarre interviews were the ones I did for IBM's graduate programme, part of which involved a teamwork exercise building something out of LEGO.
    Bet they didn't repeat it:

    HR: OK, onto phase two of the interviews
    Geeks: Can't talk, building Lego.
    *interlude during which someone is sent out for more Lego*
    HR to $Boss: There might be a the Star Destroyer in the conference room during your meeting. We can't lift it.

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    I walked out of one of those. I was pretty annoyed as i'd travelled for the interview and i wanted the job but i wasn't prepared to crawl around a meeting room in a good suit and pretend to be a wild animal. It would appear that I just don't have that good a sense of humour.

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    I am waiting for the interview where the roleplay session asctually involves the interviewer getting out some dice, pencils and paper and starting the process with
    "Your name is Tordek, you are a Dwarf fighter from the frozen northlands. You enter a 10' x 10' room, there is a chest being guarded by an orc. What do you do?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnCondon View Post
    "Your name is Tordek, you are a Dwarf fighter from the frozen northlands. You enter a 10' x 10' room, there is a chest being guarded by an orc. What do you do?"
    Check for traps.

    Check the ceiling for traps.

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    I've had a similar experience. In one job interview, all five candidates were present and we had to do a group exercise which involved building a tower out of supplied junk to get a teddy bear as high as possile off the ground. We had five minutes. Another task was to solve level 10 of the Rush Hour game. We also had to hold a meeting between the five of us while the panel watched, and explain to the other candidates why the school should hire us. I didn't get the job and I'm glad!

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    I think its a 'tree-mendous ' idea...... lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by X-13 View Post
    Check for traps.

    Check the ceiling for traps.


    and as to trees


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