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Don't ask how I did on my test, 'cause I honestly don't know. I expect to hear whether I'll get an interview before the end of the week, in which case I won't be told my test results as there will be an additional assessment later on in the proceedings. If I don't hear from Home Affairs, then it's all over and I can ring the agency for my test results on Thursday week.

I did find out a few interesting tidbits, though. Home Affairs received 1,021 letters of application, for the 4 positions that need to be filled. Out of those 1,000+ original applicants, they invited a mere 212 to be tested. 1 of those, was me -- which means I must have done something right, at least!

There were 12 people being tested in my group. When we arrived, we were let into a boardroom where tea and coffee were waiting and I wouldn't be surprised to learn that we were being observed, so we all sat around the table chatting animatedly, comparing notes and backgrounds and telling each other the tests were just going to be fine. There were 4 men and 8 women, most of them in their 30s; and most of them, like me, working for companies such as Xerox, Microsoft, and ATT. Only one of our number was already a civil servant; and strangely, no one was unemployed. I wonder if that means anything?

I finished first. I took all the time I was allotted for the maths tests (3 of them), less time for the visual stuff (you know, where you're shown two pictures of a cube and you have to predict what the third is going to look like based on whatever conclusion you've been able to reach from the first two) -hey! I'm an art historian; if anyone's got a well-developed visual memory, it's me!-, and when it came to the language tests (2) -- oh please? why take 25 minutes when you can go through the lot in under 8?
I mean, analogies and syllogisms, wtf does that prove? If I've made any mistakes in those, it's because I sort of lost interest halfway through. Who doesn't know what a parallelopipedon is? Too easy, by half.

Now...let's see if I can find Manasse. He's going to stay with his nanna for a bit; then hopefully Leila will pluck up her courage and get out from under my bed!

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river_soul
Jun. 28th, 2005 01:47 pm (UTC)
Good luck, I wish you all the best!
gamiila
Jun. 28th, 2005 04:10 pm (UTC)
Thank you; I hope to have some news by Friday!
calove
Jun. 28th, 2005 01:49 pm (UTC)
Who doesn't know what a parallelopipedon is?

Well, me for a start. I'm so ignorant I don't know how you can bear to have me as a friend :S

Anyway - it didn't sound so bad, then! Fingers, toes and other extremities crossed for you.

And good luck with Manasse. I was sort of hoping Leila was getting over it.
gamiila
Jun. 28th, 2005 04:05 pm (UTC)
I'm so ignorant I don't know how you can bear to have me as a friend :S


That, my dear Cass, is truly one of life's great mysteries. I can't explain it...and i won't even try! ;-)

I was sort of hoping Leila was getting over it.

And me...but she's been home 3 weeks now and every one of those 21 days has been passed under the bed or in her carrier next to it. Of course, now all she's got left is under the bed because I've taken the carrier to my Mum's; but I'm hoping the realisation that her baby brother isn't anywhere in the flat will hit her soon and she'll start behaving a little bit more normal.

Although the vet had another idea and said it may be that she's suddenly developed a fear of the flat; in which case all should be well as soon as I've sold it and bought a new one.
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sanda56
Jun. 28th, 2005 03:00 pm (UTC)
A parallelopipedon is some sort of unlikely shape. Must say didn't know that 2 minutes ago. Isn't LJ educational? :P

Sounds like you did really well! Remember to tell us all about your adventures when you become a spy - er, or perhaps that wouldn't be wise... ;)
bogwitch
Jun. 28th, 2005 03:17 pm (UTC)
Oh I thought it was a prism whose bases are parallelograms.
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gamiila
Jun. 28th, 2005 04:19 pm (UTC)
If I do get to become a spymaster, I expect they'll have me sign a non-disclosure thingie...although quite how that's going to stop me spilling the beans, I don't know yet! ;-)
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vegmb
Jun. 28th, 2005 03:18 pm (UTC)
So the tests weren't all just math? For some reason I thought they were. I'm sure you did fine.

Still no progress with the kitties? :( Perhaps Manasse's vacation will do Leila good. [nods encouragingly]
gamiila
Jun. 28th, 2005 04:12 pm (UTC)
Still no progress with the kitties? :(

No, still no real progress to report. I'm hoping sending Manasse on vacation will give me more of a chance to coax Leila out from under the bed...and what do you know? It seems to have worked -- she's just slunk behind the radiator! Well, I'll be...
freakspawn
Jun. 28th, 2005 03:37 pm (UTC)
my fingers are crossed for you!
gamiila
Jun. 28th, 2005 04:13 pm (UTC)
Thanks, my dear!
enigmaticblues
Jun. 28th, 2005 08:29 pm (UTC)
Sounds like you did pretty good. Hope they realize that you have the right stuff!
gamiila
Jun. 29th, 2005 12:57 pm (UTC)
Well, a day later and I have just worked out that I stand a 50:1 chance of landing the job, so...it really could be me one day! ;-)
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curiouswombat
Jul. 1st, 2005 11:49 am (UTC)
Not sure how I missed this post - I'd been wondering how you'd got on, and finally got organised enough to come and check.

Hope the cats get themselves sorted out soon, I feel sorry for all three of you.
gamiila
Jul. 1st, 2005 12:58 pm (UTC)
Hope the cats get themselves sorted out soon, I feel sorry for all three of you.

Thank you -- I'm not holding out much hope that Leila is going to get back to how she was any time soon (Manasse's been gone 3 days and she's still refusing to show herself, and panicked when I drag her out); but Clio, meanwhile, is thriving. She loves being centre of attention cat now that both her brasher brother and her overbearing sister have left her in sole possession of the stage, and takes full advantage of it. I can't go anywhere for her following me around, or cuddling up to me.
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