job questions help!!!Quick!! please!!

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Found 10th Jun 2009
Ok i applied for a job a few weeks ago and have just got an email back with these questions. Whilst most of them i understand some of them i do not.
This is for an admin job in an aquatics place hence some of the questions and part of the job is maintaining the website.

The questions I am not sure about I will put a start by them!

**1. Do you know anything at all about tropical/coldwater fish and ponds?

2. Do you have any holiday plans and if so could you tell us more about them?

**3. 60163 ? ( WHAT THE HELL IS THIS ABOUT???!!)

4. Are you allergic to cats?

5. Tell us why you think you can handle this job with its myriad of challenges

6. Tell us about your family and how your job will fit in with family life

***7. Provide a short sentence in bold plum coloured text in HTML 4 code
WHILST I DID A SMALL BIT OF HTML IN COLLEGE IM UNSURE OF IT BUT WOULD IT BE SOMETHING LIKE THIS hello AS FOR THE PLUM CODE I AM UNSURE DOES ANYONE KNOW?

8. Can you give us an indication of your typing speed? (i.e. one finger, two fingers, two hands etc)

***9. Have a look at aquatics-online.co.uk/cat…asp and tell us what you would do to improve the website in this area to get more sales
WHAT WOULD YOU DO TO IMPROVE IT?

**10. Based on the water in a 1000 gallon (4500 litre) pond having to be turned over once every two hours (with no waterfall or fountain) and using the information on our website, please identify which pond pumps you think would be suitable.


i really need a swift response because i need to get this back this afternoon.

Thanks!

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For the plum code, you would use for bold, and either find a hex code for the plum colour, or I assume html has a plum feature so might suffice. (Can't remember, been about a year since I had to do html). Make a test page and try it.

*edit* TEST SENTANCE HERE

For web help, use w3c: w3schools.com/tag…asp

But I'd also advise that you're best to have all formatting saved in a CSS file and link it that way

Original Poster

Part of the job criteria was maintaining a website, it didnt say how but i assumed some kind of training would be given.

60163 is a steam locomotive - The Tornado. Is it something to do with a plastic steam train aquatic, decorative feature that could be at the bottom of one of the aquariums, for the fish to swim around and admire?

all i could find out about what 60163 might be is, a 60163 is a steam engined train??? sorry for not being very usefull

Original Poster

thats exactly what i found about that number as well!!

my advise, dont fill in what you dont know, they want someone to obviously train up, and mould how they want, if you know all the answers, they probably won't bother to hire as you're be too good for the job, same the other way, not enough and won't consider you.

Just answer what you know, and put that your willing to learn everything as it's a new sector. Be honest, best way forward.

also im assuming that number is a product code... only thing it really could be as it wouldnt be on any accounting system, (sage, iris)

Original Poster

I have worked out the code for the html, but I have also added that I do not have any real knowledge in HTML and with the correct training i could be very efficient.

Original Poster

it could be a product code but there is no way of searching

Original Poster

there is a search bar at the top of the page and the number returns no products.

Banned

Hey there - you're not going to like this advice, but it sounds like this job might be a bit much of a stretch for you. You're applying for a job in aquatics working on the website and you don't know much about aquatics or HTML. Perhaps you'd be better off using your time to send out new applications for jobs more suited for your skillset? As someone who has hired hundreds of people over the last 10 years, I can tell you that you're not making the best use of your time or theirs by going to an interview that you're not well-suited for. Just my £0.02 - don't shoot the messenger

Banned

so you dont know *1. Do you know anything at all about tropical/coldwater fish and ponds?

i really hope they dont read this thread

Original Poster

ceefa, i understand what you are saying but the job title is general administrator and the job description just said maintaining the website.
I have explained that I have very little knowledge about html but with the right training and guidance I can grow into the job. I also feel that a knowledge of aquatics is not essential given that I am only carrying out admin tasks.

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sassie;5454732

so you dont know *1. Do you know anything at all about tropical/coldwater … so you dont know *1. Do you know anything at all about tropical/coldwater fish and ponds?i really hope they dont read this thread



nope I dont but the job is for a general administrator so i dont think a knowledge is needed, it certainly didnt state this in the job description.

Also whats wrong with learning?

Original Poster

he other thing is, i have been looking for work since january and this is the closes I have come to having my second interview!!

Surely I have got to go for it??!!!

Banned

brettytopbanana;5454762

nope I dont but the job is for a general administrator so i dont think a … nope I dont but the job is for a general administrator so i dont think a knowledge is needed, it certainly didnt state this in the job description.Also whats wrong with learning?



nothing is wrong with learning, what i am referring to is, if you dont know how to answer that question then you need more than learning - lol

The questions I am not sure about I will put a start by them!

**1. Do you know anything at all about tropical/coldwater fish and ponds?

Original Poster

sassie;5454783

nothing is wrong with learning, what i am referring to is, if you dont … nothing is wrong with learning, what i am referring to is, if you dont know how to answer that question then you need more than learning - lolThe questions I am not sure about I will put a start by them!**1. Do you know anything at all about tropical/coldwater fish and ponds?



I know how to answer the question, the simple fact is, i have no knowledge about them but maybe someone else would have a better way of getting around it.
as it happens this is my answer for it.

Unfortunately I do not know anything about tropical/coldwater fish and … Unfortunately I do not know anything about tropical/coldwater fish and ponds. I do have an interest in fish in general as I am keen fisherman but I have no knowledge of tropical/coldwater fish and ponds. I do however feel that a lack of knowledege in this field will, in no way, affect my ability to do the job. I would also have no problem in learning more about this as I progressed.

Original Poster

well i have answered most of it but the pond pump question is getting me.

would it be better getting a pump that pumps over 4500 litres and hour so that the 4500 litres would get turned over twice in 2 hours or should i buy a pump that turns over half of the 4500 litres an hour so that the whole 4500 litres would be turned over once in 2 hours?

If that makes sense?!

brettytopbanana;5454894

well i have answered most of it but the pond pump question is getting me. … well i have answered most of it but the pond pump question is getting me. or should i buy a pump that turns over half of the 4500 litres an hour so that the whole 4500 litres would be turned over once in 2 hours?



correct,
but the actual answer is

"The pump which makes the company the most profit" ;-)

Banned

maybe saying,


I know very little about tropical/coldwater fish and ponds, but do have an interest in fish in general as I am keen fisherman, i do however feel that my lack of knowledege in this field will in no way hinder my perfomance in the job. etc,etc

you keep saying you know nothing, not a good start, look for the positives not the negatives

brettytopbanana;5454487

Part of the job criteria was maintaining a website, it didnt say how but … Part of the job criteria was maintaining a website, it didnt say how but i assumed some kind of training would be given.



Perhaps, but if you've little knowledge of HTML, don't be afraid to admit it, but don't put yourself down either and make it as positive as possible. HTML isn't difficult to learn (basics anyway) and you'll be coding in no time.

Good luck with the form. I've been helping my gf fill in quite a few admin forms lately, and my head is melted.

Original Poster

thanks sass

Dragon what i did say was that I did a little bit of html in college and do remember how to write a sentence in bold and in colour,but my knowledge is limited. i did say however that with the right training i could become quite efficient in html

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DragonChris;5455018

Perhaps, but if you've little knowledge of HTML, don't be afraid to admit … Perhaps, but if you've little knowledge of HTML, don't be afraid to admit it, but don't put yourself down either and make it as positive as possible. HTML isn't difficult to learn (basics anyway) and you'll be coding in no time.Good luck with the form. I've been helping my gf fill in quite a few admin forms lately, and my head is melted.



honestly the length of some of these forms is ridiculous. I mean 12 pages for an admin job!

Original Poster

that 60163 is bugging me but I have explained that I do not understand the question.

Original Poster

oh well i have been as honest as i can and explained everything so i think it is ready to send back!

Original Poster

email has been sent!!

fingers crossed they can see how honest and open I have been!

Original Poster

thanks for all your help guys!

Banned

good luck x

60163.net is a business directory website isn't it, also somethign to do with the Alexa.bot if my memory serves me right!

Original Poster

sassie;5455257

good luck x



Thanks very much!

brettytopbanana;5454762

nope I dont but the job is for a general administrator so i dont think a … nope I dont but the job is for a general administrator so i dont think a knowledge is needed



Paul take note: You're job as Admin as skill less, it's not a management position at all :lol:

Original Poster

what do you mean by that?

brettytopbanana;5457377

what do you mean by that?



Exactly what it says. Administrator is a skilled job, they will expect some background in the area you are applying. While you won't need to know the ins and outs of their specific operation they will expect you to have done a similar job for another company. It's a bit like Alan Sugar turning over his job to a trainee really:thumbsup:

Original Poster

what i was trying to get at was that the job description did not ask for any kind of skills in web developing or any sort of software just that the website had to be maintained and there are several ways of doing that hence why i thought no knowledge would be needed.

Banned

Shengis;5457349

Paul take note: You're job as Admin as skill less, it's not a management … Paul take note: You're job as Admin as skill less, it's not a management position at all :lol:



think he is already aware of that, or is it we are - pmsl

Original Poster

who is paul?

brettytopbanana;5458396

what i was trying to get at was that the job description did not ask for … what i was trying to get at was that the job description did not ask for any kind of skills in web developing or any sort of software just that the website had to be maintained and there are several ways of doing that hence why i thought no knowledge would be needed.



Well you never know you might get the job

brettytopbanana;5458416

who is paul?



Admin, the owner of this site ;-)

Original Poster

ok cheers! I really do hope i get the job!

the questions asked were a little "different" shall i say!
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