OpinionMicrosoft harmed the software industry with its puzzle interview style
      – BorgClown, 2008-10-24 at 19:07:41   (9 comments)

On 2008-10-24 at 19:11:35, BorgClown wrote...
Now you can't get a job at a big corporation without faking a passion for illogical and unreal puzzles. You know, the likes of "How would you move mount Fuji" or "How do you design a bicycle for blind people". It will take a while for the top dogs to recognize this trend as the most moronic selection practice so far. It only works at attracting people who enjoys solving puzzles, which doesn't necessarily correlate to real-world problem solving.
On 2008-10-24 at 19:21:26, Lee J Haywood wrote...
So is it bad when Google does it as well? All they're doing is trying to get the absolute best people working for them, not to filter out the worst. Actually, I'd say it started with the Edison test. When asked "What is the speed of sound?" Einstein was stumped... WARNING: Re-sizes browser window! http://www.nps.gov/archive/edis/edifun/quiz/quizhome.htm
On 2008-10-24 at 19:47:29, BorgClown wrote...
I think it has to be carefully weighted along with your other skills. I don't know if Google is doing it right, but I know lots of companies are doing it wrong, sometimes the interviewer only knows the answers. Meh. I'll check that link. This one doesn't resize your browser, but it looks pixelated http://www.nps.gov/archive/edis/edifun/quiz/qu_intro.swf
On 2008-10-24 at 19:54:47, BorgClown wrote...
My, I'm taking the questionnaire. Edison wanted a walking trivia encyclopedia.
On 2008-10-24 at 19:57:00, Lee J Haywood wrote...
Yes, he did. I got 52%.
On 2008-10-24 at 19:59:08, BorgClown wrote...
Wow, I bet you would have fared better if you were USAian.
On 2008-10-24 at 20:00:53, Lee J Haywood wrote...
Yeah, and if I knew anything about the 1920s. (-: I did the 30 question test, obviously.
On 2008-10-24 at 20:05:30, BorgClown wrote...
Dang, 55%, XYZ rating. The multiple choices helped me, in the real test I would have failed worse.
On 2008-10-24 at 20:40:51, BorgClown wrote...
41% on the full test. It's entertaining, but as a job interview it had to be excruciating.