16 July 2011

Time Keeps On Slipping Into the Future

     Busy busy busy...and yet nothing to do.  Now that I'm finally done with college, assuming I pass my project, I've been sitting at home trying to find a job.  Yippee.  I have to balance my searching between finding a career, and finding a job to fill time and make money until then.  I must say, although being able to apply online to places is great, I hate the process used. I'll Best Buy as an example, though plenty of other companies are guilty of the same.  After spending time filling out the basic stuff you are subjected to very long, tedious, and repetitive questionnaire.  I recall one from the Best Buy application that asked "Close friends aren't worth having because they'll only betray you in the end;" you then chose from "Strongly Agree, Somewhat Agree, Somewhat Disagree, and Strongly Disagree."  First off, that's a very off the wall question, and I'd question the sanity of who came posed it to me.  Now some of the questions I don't feel can be answered with the four generic options  given, and some of them you know which answer is most desirable even if you don't agree with it.  Now this process is supposed to help companies choose the best candidates to work in their stores, but you know what the desired answers are, and give those instead of your honest opinion, what does that make you? A liar? Now I'm not going to say all these employees are lying, backstabbing, do-anything-to-get-ahead people, but that's what these so called "Aptitude Tests" are really filtering for.  I feel a five minute, in-person interview would be a much better indication of a candidate's character. Oh well.
     This past Thursday I attended the U2 360 Tour show at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.  My mom bought the tickets two years ago, and then Bono hurt his back and had to postpone the entire tour.
While I'm not U2's biggest fan, the show was still incredible.  The size of the stage, all the lights, and the 360 screen in the middle was incredible even from our nose-bleed-section seats.
     In SCAdian related news, I head a rumor from one of my local fencing marshals that the East Kingdom heavy fighters might refuse to fight at Pennsic.  Apparently the current king of the East made some decisions without consulting anyone...and they are pissed about it.  So imagine one guy running out to engage an army. That'll be the East's king this August. I do hope it it's caught on tape.

1 comment:

  1. I feel the same way about those Personality/Aptitude Tests. It basically boils down to your ability to predict the most socially desirable response. And like you said, what does it do? It makes a liar out of you. You don't look for the answer you think is best - you look for the answer that you think they want to hear. Nobody benefits from that - you waste your time and they waste their effort. 5 minute interview. Bam. Great idea. In, out, much less time and much more accurate (although statistically, most job interviews are highly inaccurate).

    I'm not a diehard U2 fan, but I enjoy some of their songs. Concert looks awesome!