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    Ok. I sent in my cv and application form to apply for a job at an organisation. They replied saying that I've succeeded to the next step of the recruitment process where I have to complete a "test" in 1 and a half hours. They said I've got a week to do it and send it back to them. If I do it satisfactorily I'll get an interview. This is a test where they've left it up to applicants to do it in their own time on a hard copy.

    The thing is I have never ever done a test like this before. By the time one and a half hours was up I hadn't finished it yet. I went over the time and carried on doing it. Then I got someone else to check my test and they made some changes.

    I did rubbish on the first attempt of the test because I've never done anything like it before. I know once I start doing it professionally I'll be fine and the person who checked my test says the same.

    Should I:

    1. Give the first piece of work I did in one n a half hours (even though it wasn't finished) and know that I'm most likely not going to get the interview because it was rubbish.

    2. Give in the piece of work with corrections in it.

    I am tempted to do option 2 because I'm sure most other applicants have not done the test properly and would've made corrections and given in a perfect test.

    I'm sure at the interview they'll give another task like this anyway so it's not like I'm applying for a job which I won't be able to do. Is the employer really expecting people to have followed the test properly? Is it really bad to take option 2?

    Take into consideration that I'm sure other applicants who got this would just cheat and put all the corrections in. I feel like this test is really unfair because they've let us applicants do it on our own without checking if we're all doing it properly (according to the time, independently etc) so those who give in a perfect test would be at an unfair advantage.

    What should I do?

    Option 2.

    How on earth will they know how long you took...?

    I will turn over your site to other people and I am sure they will think the same about your article on this site.This is such a great resource that you are providing and you give it away for free.

    They will almost certainly re-test you at the interview stage. If you think you can improve enough between now and the interview then give in the second one, otherwise you are kinda just delaying the inevitable.
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