A guy applied for a programmers job with us. He was one among other 850 individuals. So we had to design an initial screening test. I setup a moodle instance, created test, uploaded user accounts, created password and then mass mails all of them with their credentials and the url to the moodle.
I had done all kind of idiot proof tests on the software. I had also sent a list of instructions with the mail describing which URL that these guys have to visit, click where and so on.
Within 24 hours I received mail that read
how to get login page on given website no login page showen on website regarding <XXXX> project recruitment please help me sir thank u
Where <XXX> was the URL of the site from where he had downloaded the application form. That URL was completely different from the one I had sent in the mail. This means the guy had not at all read my mail or the instructions. He just visited the site where he had downloaded the form. I don’t blame him for that. But when he did not see the relevant link on that page he should have reverted back to my mail and looked at instructions which he certainly did not do.
I sent him a single line reply http://e-yantra.org/<path>
He replied back saying
still no login page showing on given site
For a moment I thought site crashed. But everything was intact. I was pissed. So I asked him to send a screenshot.
He did not sent me any screenshot but copy pasted the page he could see. Obviously he had typed the URL in the browser and had made spelling mistakes which lead him to a parked domain name.
Then I realized what the problem was. Besides being a complete moron, the guy did not know how to copy paste the url. So he chose to type it out. When he saw the parked domain name with a lot of nonsense, it did not strike to him that he might have typed a wrong URL. Instead he dropped me a mail.
Then I realized that expecting him to take a screenshot was simply too much of burden for him.
How employable would this guy be ? How many such people shall we have around us ? What happens to them ? I really wonder. The guy might be having some fancy degree (he does I have his resume) but he has very bad problem solving skills. Education has apparently not added much of value to his life.
I feel there is a market to trap. IIPM has been trapping to too well, we just need something better.
Also, the guy was using an hotmail id.