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Oxbridge too far (continued)
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simont From: simont Date: November 17th, 2008 09:57 am (UTC) (Link)
He and Charlotte Brewer had (whether by accident or by design) positioned themselves so that I couldn't look at both of them at once

This happened to me in my interview too (Trinity, Cambridge, maths). The two interviewers sat at either end of a long thin table, and I got to sit half way along on one side, so I had to keep turning my head back and forth like a spectator at a tennis match.

I'm therefore inclined to suspect that it's a well-known deliberate tactic of interviewers, although (a) I'm not entirely sure what desirable thing it's supposed to achieve, and (b) I suspect two examples shouldn't make me that much more certain than one. (But then, I ditched the degree-level statistics course within a week of starting it, so who knows?)
addedentry From: addedentry Date: November 17th, 2008 01:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
The maths tutors at Hertford tried it on me, too. I think that if I went to a job interview tomorrow with that seating arrangement then I'd have the confidence to say 'I'm sorry, I can't see you both at once'. But if it tests initiative, it's an unfair test for an Oxbridge don to perform on a seventeen-year-old!
juggzy From: juggzy Date: November 17th, 2008 10:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
You've got to question the mental stability of a professor/lecturer/type who uses power arrangement seating on 17 year olds. It's the crassest kind of bullying, and no, what doesn't kill you doesn't make you tough, it just makes the dispenser of the disagreeableness a cunt. Big fish in small ponds. There is absolutely no need for Paulin to have behaved like that.
keirf From: keirf Date: November 18th, 2008 03:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
In one of my maths interviews the interviewers were sitting in comfortable arm chairs, and I had to sit on a fairly small wooden stool with my knees nearly touching my chin, looking up at them like I was a small kid. I thought it was rather funny at the time.
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