originally posted by: gb540
Borrow from the military: train hard fight easy.
Exams may be tough, but better to have your first proving there than in front of a new employer.
That's how my life has been. University was infinitely harder than the professional world. To the point that it has seriously warped my expectations
of people. No one cares in the real world if something was done right, only that it works. In academia, it working was just a prerequisite to the
overall assignment which is that it was done correctly. My university for my most recent degree was so harsh that I used to just go home, and cry in
frustration over the fact that I was too stupid to fully understand the material I was being taught. More than once I had to walk out of a classroom,
go to my car and just break down. That just doesn't happen in the working world.
Let me give an example. Here's a question I ask our potential applicants as a basic mathematical test:
You have an empty room with a window in it and a gun turret near the window on the west side of the room (assume 0 degrees is north). Explain to me
the process to ensure the gun turret is at the window, pointed 5 degrees off center to the north, and facing out of the window. Furthermore explain
how you would check that the gunner is behind the turret, within 1 foot of the rear of the turret, and is looking down the gun sights.
In university, this would be a simple question as part of a longer exam, and you would have at best 1 minute to answer this question. I give people
10, and almost everyone fails it, despite the fact that there's about 5 valid solutions for the problem and that we'll accept any of them. In
academia only the best implementation of those 5 is accepted. It's one of two questions I ask, and getting either question right will almost
guarantee you get hired.
The other question, if anyone is curious:
You're in a pawn store and you have a shopping cart of limited size. The store has 100 items on display, each item has a price, will take up a
specific amount of space in your shopping cart, has a weight, and has a resale value as you plan to resell the items for profit later. If your cart
gets too heavy, you will no longer be able to push your items and you have a fixed budget in order to purchase goods to resell. Give me a polynomial
time algorithmic solution that will prove the combination of items allowing for maximum profit that can be carried in the cart while staying
underneath your budget and weight allowance.
For that question you get 5 minutes. I ran this question past one of my former professors, he got it right, as expected and thought it was really
mean. This is a question where why matters a lot more than what or how.
While it's great when someone does know these things, I've found that in general the working world just doesn't care. Knowledge is totally secondary
to attitude. People that can work together can do something even if it's not optimal, while a bunch of brilliant know it alls who can't communicate
can't do anything.
edit on 30-8-2018 by Aazadan because: (no reason given)