Based on my recent blog post about its hiring process, it's safe to say that Google is pretty picky. It's Google, for Pete's sake, so no one is surprised that it subjects job applicants to a rigorous round of interviews.
Google isn't the only tech company that is tough on its applicants, however. Nivid Technologies, a UK-based IT consulting and services provider puts its potential employees through a series of psychological tests to help determine whether they've got what it takes to cope with the stress of being an IT technician.
According to The Inquirer (which offers a typically snarky take on the job exam), applicants are asked how they'd respond to several hypothetical situations. Two examples: They are walking through a dark tunnel and then suddenly slapped in the face by someone lurking in the murk. A nearby policeman shouts at them to raise their hands.
Pushpendrasinh Jhala, the company's CEO, tells The Inquirer that such questions are designed to expose applicants' "character and intrinsic conduct." He says:
If the candidate has the right frame of mind and the solid analytical skills that the position requires, then they can develop their skills, which will ensure they will become an extremely valuable part of the Nivid team.
While the situations posed in Nivid's interviews seem extreme and only peripherally related to IT, maybe they aren't so extreme after all, considering that IT professionals tend to be a highly stressed bunch on the job.