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I don't think we'll be satisfied until the applicants just run screaming from the room



Θωμας's picture

I take it that what is depicted in the comic is fairly benign compared to the sadism in that Monty Python sketch, but even so, I don't think messing with job applicants is funny. Why would you do that to anyone? Hazing... really? Are you really that bored?

Fuseblower's picture

Sorry, don't agree. If you want to find out in advance how people are going to react to situations they don't expect, this is a good way of doing it. Harsh? Maybe - but it works.

But hey, I would have asked, FWIW.

Jam's picture

Exactly this. Our jobs are highly variable, so being able "roll with whatever" is a huge component of success in the role. That, and the fact that we only have ~1hr to test for interpersonal fit. If they can't handle the dinosaur costumes... they're NOT gonna have a good time working with us.

Zephyr0's picture

You have any more of those Internships/co-ops? ;)

promatim's picture

Hey Jam, I love the comic, and a few years ago, I would've thought this idea was brilliant, so I hope you don't take what I write below personally.

I think that these types of interviews are really hurting the tech industry. Young companies place a lot of importance on "company culture," but when you really look at what it means to hire people who remind you of yourself, or who you want to be friends with, "company culture" starts to feel like a really unfair secret handshake. The results can lead to very homogenous companies, and can frankly sometimes be quite ageist.

Ask yourself how an equally qualified group of 25 year olds would handle this interview compared to a group of 45 year olds, and suddenly something that looked clever and fun starts to look like a big problem.

I've seen this happen in my own industry, games. At an old job, our company passed on an amazing Japanese concept artist because he was "too quiet" and "didn't joke around." It's fun to find friends, but so important to respect cultures other than your own in the workplace.

I'd like to link below to a great article from a senior programmer about the importance of turning interviews into personality tests.

Sidhekin's picture

There's taking it in stride, and there's faking it in stride. Yeah, I would have asked.

jenake7395's picture

I can't wait until the applicant they hire comes in wearing a dinosaur suit on their first day of work. That's how you know you picked the right guy.

Shadowydreamer's picture

I wouldn't have questioned it - I'd have assumed it was a Hallowe'en thing!

votecoffee's picture

And if you guys like them, then they get to go see the HumanRe-saurus?


Bravo! *applause*

Jam's picture

Books and Cons oh MY

HEY EVERYONE did you hear that I'm still alive somehow!? I have a new book! You can get it!

I'm customizing orders RIGHT NOW, every waking moment when I'm not attending thousands of conventions or working that full time job thing that I do. I was already at Emerald and FanExpo before I even had time to think about making this blog.  Next you will find me at:

Calgary Expo: Apr 25-27 (not the Thursday)

TCAF (Toronto): May 10-11

VANCAF (Vancouver): May 25-26

These events will be phenominal!! The last ones are FREE to attend! COME SAY HI :D

"But Jam will you be at _____??" I don't know! Probably not, nothing else for the year is planned or confirmed. I might throw something onto the list for fall but definitely not for summer. ALRIGHT, that's all, I have to get back to everything SEE YOU SOON!

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