I sometimes apply for jobs in the industry to see what I can find out. Hey, you never know, I might find a really cool position that scratches the itch I have. So far, I really haven’t found much that has gotten me interested. Of course, there’s also the places that have rejected me. Most of the time it’s been a good thing that I didn’t get the job, since things changed quite dramatically right after the position was filled. Like the SOE R&D group getting absorbed into a typical development team and Raph leaving the company shortly afterward. ;)
But, I once ran into something that boggled my mind. A design test for a lead designer position. Now, I wasn’t exactly thrown at first, since it’s not uncommon for for programmers to have to take a test during the interview process. I mean, if you’re going to hire a graphics programmer it would be nice if he or she knew how to do matrix math, right?
But, the more I think about the design test the more I think what an awful waste of time it was.