The candidate has to solve mathematical problems in the application

The hiring process is more intense than ever. Where entry-level job applicants used to expect an interview or two and light resume questions, applicants today must navigate a process that involves dozens of applications before a single interview. When they do get the interview, they might expect a survey about their social media habits, requests to conduct company research, and multiple rounds of interviews, even for jobs that pay near minimum wage.

A job seeker on TIkTok claimed she was asked to solve math problems during an interview for a job as a receptionist.

“I went to this interview yesterday and they personally gave me an application to fill out,” recalls user Maysun (@maysunmilk). “Tell me why they fucking let me do math.”

The video currently has over 99,000 views.

@maysunmilk #greenscreen like ok you got me i dont know how to do simple multiplication what about it #fyp #foryoupage #jobsearch ♬ original sound – maysun

Initially, many users shared that tests like this are relatively common for receptionist positions.

“I had to take an online timed math test for a job as a receptionist,” noted one user. “it was intense”

“I also applied for a receptionist job and they sent me such a whole test!!!” another added.

However, other users soon chimed in, saying they were given similar tests for positions where math didn’t seem applicable.

“They did that when I applied for a security job lol,” claimed one commenter.

“You did this to me for…a cleaning job…” a second said.

“I just filled out an application for Top Hardware and they had a 2 minute test with a bunch of math questions/random word problems… Top Hardware…” recalled a third.

Others said if faced with the same prompt, they would just stop. Many scoffed at the modern application process in general, saying that a place that offers such an application is often not worth the hassle of getting the job.

“Oof I probably would have gone,” wrote one user.

“Whatever it is, they’re not paying enough,” said another.

The Daily Dot contacted Maysun via Instagram direct message.


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*Initial publication: October 5, 2022 at 7:07 am CDT

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