It’s A Cutthroat Job Market Out There…

My 16-year-old niece, Vicki, recently applied for a job at a local pizza chain.  Giddy with excitement, she called to relay the news that she’d gotten a callback for an interview.  Cool beans.  Then she called to let us know that she was asked back for a second interview.

Really?  A second interview to work as a food prepper at a pizzeria?  But wait, it gets better.

At the second interview, she was given a test.  Here are some of the questions from the test:

  • Who was the first person to walk on the moon? (not multiple choice)
  • Complete the saying:  “A penny saved…”
  • What is the capital of Kansas?

What a sad state of affairs we’ve come to, when minimum-wage paying food service jobs force applicants to take intellectual tests.  But what would you need to know this information for?  It doesn’t help you do the job any better.  I could understand if they asked questions like:

  • If a small pizza gets two ounces of shredded cheese, and a medium pizza gets four ounces of shredded cheese, how many ounces of shredded cheese should a large pizza get?
  • If its 7:00PM on Sunday, December 11, 2011 and the pizza sauce container you’re about to open must be used within 48 hours, when does it expire?
  • If the electronic cash register malfunctions, do you know how to use a manual calculator?

Those questions are directly related to the job.  Those are situations you will most likely encounter while working there.  I worked at a pizzeria when I was in high school, and I can honestly say that NOT ONCE was I asked to recite state capitals.  Shocking, I know.

So Vicki took this test, and hopefully on Monday she will find out if she got the job or not.

So what do you think?  Should intellectual tests or competency tests be given for every kind of job?  Do you expect the person who prepares your food at your favorite restaurant to be able to recite Shakespeare?  Leave a comment below and let me know!

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Categories: Rants/I.M.H.O., Surely You Jest! | 3 Comments

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3 thoughts on “It’s A Cutthroat Job Market Out There…

  1. Ridiculous.

  2. I think it’s a good idea for competency tests to be given, especially if there are a lot of applicants (to narrow it down) but I definitely think the test should be relevant to the job. Not questions about who landed on the moon (unless you’re applying at NASA or something). I like your questions. Those would be good ones for a pizza place to quiz their applicants. You should go offer them your relevant questions for their future use 😉

    • I don’t know if I’m qualified to, Lisha. Considering the questions you’re supposed to answer just to be a food prepper, I can’t imagine what the requirements are to be a hiring consultant. 🙂

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