Tuesday, August 31, 2004

Job Hunting and Aptitude Tests.

As some of you may know, I'm currently looking for a job.. I've (almost) given up on actually finding a job that isn't a desk job, but going by the last few weeks of searching these are very hard to come by.. and if they do they are either waay out of town (I applied for a job in Dubbo!!) or pay really badly.. well, in comparison to what you can get for a "desk job" anyways..

So either way, I saw this unix position advertised at IBM GSA and decided to go for it.. got through the personality test (the "what would you do in this situation" type thing) and did the aptitude test today.. first time I did one coz I swore to myself that I'd never work for a company that made you do that sort of thing.. ends up that it kind of limits your chances quite a lot to adopt that attitude.. :)

Taking up a more pragmatic approach, I decided to go through with it.. and it was pretty much what I expected. There was a verbal part (pretty easy), numerical part (pretty hard, but time is the limiting factor) and the last part was a pattern matching thing.. that was quite hard because of the time constraints.. I guess some people just "see" the patterns while others have to look at it analytically. Subconcious versus concious processing.

I guess I'll wait to see how this IBM thing goes before chasing up any other leads... coz it might actually be worth it.. though DTran (and others) think that GSA isn't the best place to work..

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