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Did I cockup?

Discussion in 'Employment & Jobs' started by greenbrucelee, Jan 11, 2011.

  1. greenbrucelee
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    I applied for a job through CWJobs and got a reply from the company saying they were interested, I thought thats cool they then sent me a list of technical questions which I was to email back to them.

    Being the honest person I am, I didn't use google to find the answers I just used the knowledge I have to answer. I know for a fact that 13 out of the 15 questions were answered correctly and I think I got the other two wrong.

    I got an email back say sorry your application at this time was unsuccessful.

    Do you think I made a cockup by being honest?
     
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  2. gosh1976

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    Did they ask you not to research the answers? The only time that I've had an experience like this they fully expected us to use Google.
     
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  3. greenbrucelee
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    No but it did say. If you can't answer any questions do not worry just move onto the next one.
     
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    To be honest, any questions sent for you to answer on your own - the sender is going to expect you to look up the answers, even if they tell you not to. It's human nature.
    If they had wanted them answered under test conditions, they'd have got you in.
    They were most likely looking for something like your writing style rather than the actual answers to the questions.
     
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  5. greenbrucelee
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    I hadn't thought of that. The most weird question was what are you favorite IT books?:blink as opposed to questions like if you move a file from one partition to another partition what happens to the files permissions?
     
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    I would think they would at least do a phone interview if they want to ask technical question and not give you a chance to look up the answers.
     
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  7. coolc

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    Oh bro, you never know what happened. Just send a reply and say thank you for your time and please may I have my results. I recieved a technical test like two days ago, I did not google or anything like that and I emailed them back, still no reply.
     
  8. greenbrucelee
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    I applied for the job at 12:30 yesterday, got the technical questions at 17:33 and got the rejection at 09:20 this morning. I would have thought that being honest would show them that I was willing to get more experience and learn but maybe not, not sure now.
     
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    You never know, maybe you got the rejection letter due to something else. Like other people answered more correct answers than you. I never googled or anything like that too, I know I had some wrong ones because after the test I emailed my copy to someone in this forum to check. That user (Apoc220) checked it and gave me some good advice (helpful). They should have gave us the test in a test enviroment, not fair.
     
  10. danielno8

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    I would just ask for feedback if you haven't already done so, rather than trying to guess what it may have been.

    Hopefully they tell you.
     
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  11. Mariusz

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    standard text from recruiters, they always write it, probably they found somebody "better" than you, I got many letters like that, they probably also wrote you that they wish you all the best in searching for job - also standard text

    concerning to honesty - I would lie and search all on google and put proper answer for all 15 questions even If I didn't know single answer (how will they check it?), probably the guy that got the job did it :-)

    anyway maybe that was the trick - "can he use google?" "can he find answers for something he doesn't know?"

    good luck next time mate :-)
     
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  12. greenbrucelee
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    The problem is the ad for the job was only posted yesterday which was the day I applied, I would have thought the recruitment process would take longer than that.
     
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  13. Sparky
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    Might have been knocked back at the first stage.

    Don't stress about it, seems an unusual first stage of the interview process tbh.
     
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  14. Theprof

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    Don't stress mate, like Sparky said, it is an unusual screening process...
     
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    Could have been fishing mate...were you asked anything else? Like your Employer Name and Hiring Manager?
     
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    That's what I assumed, sounds like they were doing some market research.
     
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  17. greenbrucelee
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    Nope just the technical questions with the odd one about what are my favorite IT books :blink
     
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    I agree with Sparky. How random to email you questions and then say you weren't successful :S I think perhaps they were either after someone very specific...... or they are just a bit daft, either seem likely to me. For instance, when asked what IT books you read at home, they might of wanted you to say I don't read IT books because I have a good work life balance, something mad like that no doubt.

    Good on you for applying mate, keep at it, could all be fate ;)
     
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    I suppose so, I have asked for feedback but havent had anything yet.
     
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  20. gosh1976

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    Hopefully they will give you some feedback. For all you know right now their decision could have nothing to do with the questions. Maybe they received a number resumes they just loved after they had contacted you with the questions.
     
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