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  1. ALEXIS_DH

    ALEXIS_DH Tirelessly Awesome

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    over the past few months, i´ve been looking for a new job.

    my current workplace, resembles a dilbert cartoon, and morale is at an all-time low. 40% of my department has quit over the last 7 months (including a senior manager, a top salesman, 2 of our best technicians, 2 mid-level bosses, among others).

    in this scenario, i´ve been looking for a "nice" job at some other serious and preferably big (500+ people) corporation, where there is better management, objectives and a real career path.

    anyways, ive had many interviews a few job offers (which were not 100% what am looking for).
    a few weeks ago, a head hunter called me to see if i was interested in joining Mazda, as after-sales chief the country.

    went to the first interview, then to the second with a senior manager. its a major company, and although the job and company seem serious.... am faced for a very unusual requirement in the 3rd (and probably final) round.

    I will be given data (this saturday, along with other 2 prospects they are interested in), and am supposed to prepare a business plan (including a contract, product development, facilities development and cost/income proyection) over sunday, and submit my plan on monday for evaluation.
    i will be evaluated on the quality of this plan/contract, and my posible hire, will depend on this.

    so basically, am asked for a free draft consultancy on a business in which they are new (and me and my company are not, we are industry leaders). this would obviously require me to release some key data and ratios, in order to make a reasonably realistic plan.
    most of this information (the ratios, contract terms and target kpi´s, specially ) are pretty much trade secrets and product of my years in the business.

    the position pays twice my current salary.

    what would jesus do?
     
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  2. Pesqueeb

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    Wait, are they asking you to do your job, before it's actually your job? Sounds like they just want an intern.
     
  3. scottishmark

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  4. jonKranked

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    prepare a business plan, but use fake numbers to base it on. make a note of a disclaimer that the numbers are made up.

    i've had to take tests during interviews too. I once had a test where i had 20 minutes to devise a sterile packaging solution, and then present it to the entire department.
     
  5. ALEXIS_DH

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    pretty much.
    they have worded this requirement in a way which seems to say, they want to see the quality of my job before hiring me.

    if its of any relevance, this other company has already hired 2 other guys from my company (a top salesman, and a mid-level boss) over the mass exodus we are having lately, and 2 more, over the last year.
     
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  6. Pesqueeb

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    In that case I second Kranked. Make up numbers. If you're asked about it, say that information is proprietary and you're not comfortable disclosing it at this time.
     
  7. dump

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    I agree w/ Pesqueeb and JK. Asking you to discolse proprietary information could be part of the test. Do the report, solve it with variables, and put in placeholder numbers if need be. The company should be most interested in how you think, not so much the numbers you come up with.
     
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    man, the dick jokes continue.

    also, where did you find "one giant sized s*** b**** bear"?
     
  10. jimmydean

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    You should see our coding exercises if you want to see crazy requirements. But if you can't handle a code exercises, then you would never make it here.
     
  11. Bill in Houston

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    This. I wouldn't stress over the "doing work for free" part.
     
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    Do whatever you want. If you want the job then do the test. I mean, why not?
     
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    Haha I thought they only did this to designers.
     
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    he lives in south America, its like mad max, no laws
     
  15. ALEXIS_DH

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    true dat. there are no laws, nor legal precedent, about stuff written on forums.
    specially on a different language.
    if it went to trial, by the time burocrats agreed on the exact translation... i´d be out of the hook due to statute of limitations... :p

    edited the message, just in case.
     
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    Hunt down the blind person that designed the Mazda 2 Sedan and restore his or her sight, good lord that thing is ugly.
     
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    Oh, man, I really wanted to love that thing. Small car from a company with a reputation for being at least a bit sporty to drive. But then I saw it in real life. Yeah, Fit is the way to go...