Re: phone interviews

Subject: Re: phone interviews
From: Jan Cohen <najnehoc -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: Lauren <lauren -at- writeco -dot- net>, techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Wed, 26 Nov 2008 17:25:29 -0800 (PST)

I don't know if Microsoft still follows the practice, but a number of years back they apparently used a similar approach. So much so that a book was even written about the process:

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From: Lauren <lauren -at- writeco -dot- net>
To: Ladonna Weeks <ladonnaweeks -at- yahoo -dot- com>; techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Sent: Wednesday, November 26, 2008 7:01:21 PM
Subject: RE: phone interviews

They also had a really stupid personality test that only made them look like
a very controlling company that should be avoided. They had three questions
in their little test about bricks in a boat. One question was, "If the
three of us were in a boat with a stack of bricks and you throw one of the
bricks into the water, would the water rise, lower, or stay the same.
Explain your answer." Well, is the boat in the water, too, or are we dry

They mentioned that there was no right answer, they just wanted to determine
how I would react. I was a little stalled on the absolute stupidity of the
"test," that I did not know what to say, so I mentioned something about
water displacement. I also laughed at their "test" a few times, since I did
not realize they were serious at first.

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