[Chicago] Sanity Check

Jon Sudlow jsudlow at gmail.com
Thu Dec 2 08:48:54 CET 2010

I understand what you mean. One time a potential employer had me write a
hello world function in python and a "say the name" function....Then he
offered me a job to sell computer network components and hold a "trouble
call cell phone" for an entire weekend, but assured me its "not a big deal".
Maybe you've had some bad experiences, but dont be so concerened with trying
to guess the motivations of the person sitting accross from you. 9/10 if its
a business your new too you will guess wrong because you dont know the
business language yet. Just work through their hiring process as efficiently
and best you can and see if the job is going to really match your skills.

On Wed, Dec 1, 2010 at 11:25 PM, Daniel Griffin <dgriff1 at gmail.com> wrote:

> I don't like it when they use it as their filter. They should take the time
> to read resumes and call the people they want to talk to.
> I do think it's a great way to decide if someone is the right fight. The
> ideal is a problem that should take a few hours and they can view your repo
> and see what you did.
> On Wed, Dec 1, 2010 at 10:09 PM, Brian Curtin <brian.curtin at gmail.com>wrote:
>> On Wed, Dec 1, 2010 at 22:04, <skip at pobox.com> wrote:
>>> Where I work (a trading firm), we routinely give tests to prospective
>>> software developers and quantitative analysts.  For the most part the aim
>>> is
>>> to understand how people approach problems, not whether they necessarily
>>> get
>>> the correct answer.  (Some of the questions don't have one correct answer
>>> anyway.)  In fact, we often consider candidates with no previous
>>> financial
>>> industry experience.  In those cases if we ask a finance-oriented
>>> question
>>> we really and truly are interested in seeing how they approach the
>>> problem.
>>> The host goes over the test with the candidate, again, with an aim to
>>> understand how they think.  It's not treated like a 30-minute quiz in
>>> your
>>> college calculus class.
>>> Skip
>> This type of thing I can get on board with. I didn't get the feeling that
>> Pete's questions are done in this way, but maybe I was wrong.
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