Re: Has anyone else took a test for a tech job?

Discussion in 'A+ Certification' started by SuperTech, May 15, 2005.

  1. SuperTech

    SuperTech Guest

    LadyTech <> wrote in
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    > Today I put in my resume at a computer shop because they are
    > accepting resumes now and he had me come in the backroom and take
    > a test. Damn! You wouldn't believe it, but I was nervous! So
    > nervous that I messed up a few of the answers! Shit! I thought of
    > it while driving home - thinking where the f**k was my head?!! I
    > knew the damn answers, but at the time my head was in the damn
    > clouds!! I could kick myself in the ass for this, but anyway the
    > guy told me not to worry about it. Anyway, has anyone else done
    > this before? I think it's a great idea to give someone a test when
    > applying for a tech job :)


    Speaking of tests...I went back to Robert Half last week looking for a
    PC Tech job (I have a tech job already, but that's another story). I
    took 4 simluations without one second of studying. One was on Windows
    2000, another A+, NT 4.0 and the last one was on hardware (I think).
    Some of the questions were obviously wrong. One asked how to get the
    serial number or key used to install the operating system using built-
    in tools. That's impossible: you can get the PID of the installation
    (which IS based on the serial number), but not the serial number
    itself. Then another questions asked about "OS Decay". WTF is OS
    Decay? Now I have an idea, but I answered wrong. I just did an
    Internet search and it appears to be a term coined by John Dvorak in
    some Windows magazine article. How the heck does a question like that
    get thrown into a job testing simulation?

    Any ways, I scored above average in a pool of 1100 people so I must be
    doing something right!

    SuperTech
     
    SuperTech, May 15, 2005
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  2. SuperTech

    AG Guest

    "SuperTech" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > LadyTech <> wrote in
    > news::
    >
    >> Today I put in my resume at a computer shop because they are
    >> accepting resumes now and he had me come in the backroom and take
    >> a test. Damn! You wouldn't believe it, but I was nervous! So
    >> nervous that I messed up a few of the answers! Shit! I thought of
    >> it while driving home - thinking where the f**k was my head?!! I
    >> knew the damn answers, but at the time my head was in the damn
    >> clouds!! I could kick myself in the ass for this, but anyway the
    >> guy told me not to worry about it. Anyway, has anyone else done
    >> this before? I think it's a great idea to give someone a test when
    >> applying for a tech job :)

    >
    > Speaking of tests...I went back to Robert Half last week looking for a
    > PC Tech job (I have a tech job already, but that's another story). I
    > took 4 simluations without one second of studying. One was on Windows
    > 2000, another A+, NT 4.0 and the last one was on hardware (I think).
    > Some of the questions were obviously wrong. One asked how to get the
    > serial number or key used to install the operating system using built-
    > in tools. That's impossible: you can get the PID of the installation
    > (which IS based on the serial number), but not the serial number
    > itself. Then another questions asked about "OS Decay". WTF is OS
    > Decay? Now I have an idea, but I answered wrong. I just did an
    > Internet search and it appears to be a term coined by John Dvorak in
    > some Windows magazine article. How the heck does a question like that
    > get thrown into a job testing simulation?
    >
    > Any ways, I scored above average in a pool of 1100 people so I must be
    > doing something right!
    >
    > SuperTech


    There are programs that will get the Windows program key from the registry.
    One that I have used is Tweak Revisited but it only works on 95, 98 and ME.
    AG
     
    AG, May 16, 2005
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  3. "Barry Watzman" <> wrote in message
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    > Note that the question said "how to get the serial number or key USING
    > BUILT-IN TOOLS". I take this to mean that NO additional tools not
    > distributed by Microsoft as part of Windows could be used.
    >
    > SOME versions of windows do store the product key directly as entered by
    > the user in straight text in the registry, so it can be displayed with
    > Regedit in those versions. I don't remember the key name or which
    > versions of Windows do this.


    I don't know if it's even possible in Windows XP, but it seems like one of
    those silly "textbook" questions that has little use in the real world.
    I've always used Aida32 to find the XP serial key, and it's on a CD that is
    *always* in my toolkit. Of course, there's always the rare situation where
    you don't have your tookit and you don't have internet access, but at that
    point, I'd probably take the system back to my house or go home and get my
    tools.
     
    Patrick Michael, May 17, 2005
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  4. SuperTech

    Adam Leinss Guest

    LadyTech <> wrote in
    news::

    > Hi SuperTech! Haven't seen you here in a while.


    No worries, I've been in this news group since 2001 and plan on staying
    here (albeit lurking status). I usually post under my real name, but
    for some posts like this I use the SuperTech alias for obvious reasons.

    Now where the heck is Ghost (Bob?). I feel guilty because I said I was
    going to send him a CD and never did.

    SuperTech
     
    Adam Leinss, May 17, 2005
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  5. SuperTech

    SuperTech Guest

    Adam Leinss <> wrote in
    news::

    > LadyTech <> wrote in
    > news::
    >
    >> Hi SuperTech! Haven't seen you here in a while.

    >
    > No worries, I've been in this news group since 2001 and plan on
    > staying here (albeit lurking status). I usually post under my
    > real name, but for some posts like this I use the SuperTech alias
    > for obvious reasons.
    >
    > Now where the heck is Ghost (Bob?). I feel guilty because I said
    > I was going to send him a CD and never did.
    >
    > SuperTech
    >


    X-no-archive: Yes

    Oops! Slip of the keys I guess. Oh well.
     
    SuperTech, May 17, 2005
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