[Phpwm] Interviews & technical competency

Phil Beynon phil at infolinkelectronics.co.uk
Fri Mar 23 17:53:33 GMT 2007

> By psychometric programming test I didn't quite mean psychometric.
> Basically the test is online and you have half an hour to answer as many
> questions as possible. You can use reference material but this slows you
> down so you answer fewer questions. The more questions you get correct the
> harder the test gets (and vise versa) so you never actually get a feel on
> how well you are doing until you get the results. And you can choose what
> you want to test so if you want mainly PHP but a little SQL and
> Perl you can
> weight the test to measure that.

That's nothing to do with psychometric testing at all :-) Which is good
because I would probably have walked out at that point! <smile>.
I've not tried one of those tests - if you have a URL then post it, I'd be
interested to see what sort of level they aim at, is this suppopsed to get
the person to actually write little code snippets or to just give some sort
of multiple choice type answer selection?

> >Last time i was made to do a technical test at an interview I over scored
> >and was told I was too good for the job!
> Yes that was obviously why I didn't get the Job, they were just too polite
> to tell me.

It was BTI here just up the road in Kings Heath, quite a few years ago now,
I don't think they exist anymore. Something to do with tape drive transport
repairs and calibration. So in hindsight it would have probably been a bit
of a blind alley career wise.

> Last Job I got it was Dave who did the interviewing, so I don't know why
> he's worried - his interview technique is obviously perfect ;o)

I doubt mine is, last interview I went to was 18 1/2 years ago when I
started at Granada on PC tech support - it had been suggested that I should
move from the company that had the contract to them if they wanted to take
it over, so it wasn't really a massively tasking interview :-)

So I guess if I go along to an interview it'll just be me being me.........


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