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my way is much more fun.

by Jaqui In reply to DOWNLOAD: Assess new empl ...

I hand them a live cd of linux from scratch and the 200 page manual for installing it.

tell them to build their workstation os lsb compliant.

The expression on the face when they get that is enough to tell you if they have the skills or not.

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jeebus cries, man

by apotheon In reply to my way is much more fun.

****, you'd get a panicked look out of me with that, unless I was filled with sang-froid that day. Not that I couldn't do it, but I'd hate to lose a job just because I was having a bad day while doing something I'd never done before.

Sheesh.

On the other hand, on a good day, I might just ask if I could use DFS instead of LFS.

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Well, I do expect

by Jaqui In reply to jeebus cries, man

to have everyone panic for a second or two.
someone who has the skills would notice that the printout is the step by step instructions for buidling a base system fairly quickly and accept that it's a test of skills, directly applicable to the work environment. [ Linux only ]

the only two groupings that would actually be expected to build their own system, the network admins staff, and software development staff.
I don't expect clerical staff to have that level of skills.

If you are going to be programming on linux system, for linux, then you will be expected to have the knowledge base to read a step by step manual and build a system.


The benefit, for the person using that system, they have the perfect opportunity to:

1) Prove thier cli skills
2) Prove their problem solving skills
3) have a workstation completely customised to their prefferences. [ with a few policy requirements, like utf-8 being default charset, no support for java in the development tools ... ]
4) Prove their ability to follow directions.


The idea being to see how someone reacts to pressure / stress.

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Well, good.

by apotheon In reply to Well, I do expect

As long as that second or two of panic is expected, I think I'm okay.

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Live Linux CD

by richard In reply to my way is much more fun.

runs from the cd,
anyone could put in the cd and boot. toss the manual

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Some of you might get a kick out of this.

by apotheon In reply to DOWNLOAD: Assess new empl ...

I'm less than impressed with the scope of that document. It's pretty limited. I had to add an option to question number one to be able to proceed, in fact.

Here, I'll show you some key parts of the document and the answers I gave:

http://www.apotheon.org/img/show/post/evalskill3.png
http://www.apotheon.org/img/show/post/evalskill2.png
http://www.apotheon.org/img/show/post/evalskill1b.png
and last but not least, my answer to question one:
http://www.apotheon.org/img/show/post/evalskill1a.png

I'm pretty sure I'd break the brain of any hiring manager who thought this document would be a good one to use to test my computer skills. I hope this isn't meant to test the skills of IT professionals.

(and of course, I just noticed a typo in one of those images, darnit)

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are you sure about that?

by Jaqui In reply to Some of you might get a k ...

~pointing to your reply to my first response~

I might actually be the exception.
[ to breaking hiring manager's brain ]

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Yes, I'm sure.

by apotheon In reply to are you sure about that?

I said:

"I'm pretty sure I'd break the brain of any hiring manager who thought this document would be a good one to use to test my computer skills."

(emphasis added)

You wouldn't hire me, anyway. I'm not really a software developer, and you certainly don't seem to need an extra netadmin underfoot in your business.

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If the hiring manager hands you this

by richard In reply to Yes, I'm sure.

be polite to him because anything else would be like teasing a dog on a chain.
then run out of there, be sure they don't have you phone or email...

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Not useful

by ppg In reply to DOWNLOAD: Assess new empl ...

This document is ridiculous. If it is intended for IT staff you should already have found the answers to these questions in the interview. If it is intended for general staff I, for one, would just chuck it in the garbage.

Then even if they fill out the form what are you going to do with it? If you have a small shop you could get the information in five minutes of talking to the person which would take less time and build a better relationship. If it is a large shop you would have to get someone to transfer the responses to a database and have techs look at it before they responded to a service call, again not a very productive use of time.

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