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Author Topic: What's been stopping you trying to pass Thomas Edisonís tricky Employment Test?  (Read 639 times)

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6 long months ago I posted this Q...and there's been not so much as a peep from all you normally brave IAers!

C'mawn! Give it a quick bash! Let me know how you get on - and I'll tell you how miserably I fared!

Here's the original question again.....

Here's something really quirky from the archives...
I just discovered this questionnaire (scroll down to it) lurking on the New York Times website, it's from an ancient article that the NYT published almost a hundred years ago way back in 1921.

Edison originated these 140 questions because he had to employ top-rate people - but had a very unfavourable view of college men. He disparagingly regarded them as ďbone-headedĒ. 

Maybe Edison was right Ė of the many hundred applicants who sat the test, only thirty managed to pass it! That either says something about the difficulty of the test or about the low quality of education in the USA in the 1920s.
Could you better? How many questions can you answer? Some are clearly more aimed at Americans than English people - but give the question a go and then tell me what you think of it - Is it a real test, or more of a pub quiz?

Perhaps even more interesting is this...
Do you think this kind of 'test' has any use whatsoever as a real test of an applicantís business acumen and suitability for employment by anyone, let alone by Edison?

Is it too biased in one direction than another? How should it be more balanced etc.

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