[E] Judge me by a piece of paper
i went to many interviews and also had to take assessment tests during my job-hunting session last year. let me share with you some.
i took two assessment tests from two different companies interview sessions, one was a Java test from Ex and the other one was a logical-thinking test from Ax.
the Java test, consisting of 20 challenging and tricky selective questions, very technical. there were weighted answers. it means, the best answer scores the highest marks. i failed the test, 29/60 marks which meant i was not eligible for the interview session.
but still, the HR persons gave me chance to go for the interview session and prove them that i worth working in that MNC company. during the interview, we discussed over the exam paper that i’ve taken earlier.
15 minutes after the interview, i got the result. i got the job offer.
during the salary negotiation, i was offered my expected salary (which is slightly higher that the current one). i tried to ask for more, since it’s a MNC company but they refused. they’d treat me like other fresh graduates because i failed the Java test.
so all this 17 months of working as a Java Programmer experiences seemed worthless to them? just because i failed that test? pfft~
i hate being judged by that piece of paper. i still am.
in another interview session with a different company, i took an assessment test consisting of three logical-thinking-test questions and an English essay. i had to write some pseudocodes / algorithms and draw some flowcharts. i did my best but i stumbled on the second question. it was tough and i was damn nervous.
after 2 weeks, i got a phone call. i passed the test and had to go for the interview session. we discussed about the test and the interviewer noticed that i did not complete the second question (which i told u i stumbled). she told me to try solving the question in Java codes.
and so i did, once i got home after the interview. i emailed the codes to her hoping that the interviewers could see how determined i was (and still am) to get the job.
after a month, i got the job offer from Ax. if i were judged by that assessment test papers and they think that i had what it takes for the position, i am not hating it.
ps: it means, some people are good in solving problems though they have no idea how to solve it technically. don’t judge people by a piece of paper.