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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!


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.
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.
Jun. 29th, 2005 07:43 am (UTC)
Fear of the flat? Erk! That's a difficult one.

Good luck!
Jun. 29th, 2005 10:47 am (UTC)
You know, if only I could be sure that's what it is, would waste no time in looking around for another home for me and my moggies, but as it is...I like my flat! Granted, it could be as bit bigger, but bottom line is: I like it.

Dropped Manasse off at Mum's place, and she remarked that no wonder Leila felt intimidated by him, since he's grown so big! That really did surprise me; Manasse is my baby and doesn't seem all that big to me -- but Mum swore he's quite big.

Leila still hasn't twigged that he's left the house -- wherever she may have gone into hiding now, she hasn't come out yet.