# QUIS?

• Hey,

Anyone here heard of a QUIS test? Just had an interview and was given one of these to complete... Just wanted more info on it as Im sure I did badly

Simpler Questions were in the form:

Place 12 in box 1 and 15 in box 3 using only addition.

 3 5 7

You are allowed to add the contents of any 2 boxes together and place the result in any box, once a result is placed in a box that boxes previous value is lost, the other 2 boxes are not affected.

Example: Add box 1 to box 2 and place the result in box 3 (Written as 1 + 2 -> 3) is valid.
This would result in

 3 5 8

Boxes can be added to themselves so 1 + 1 -> 1 would result in

 6 5 7

Anyone heard of these before? Know where I can get more info/examples?
Ill point out that this is the only question that I remember, it was the simplest and the rest were much harder!

• @wonkoTheSane said:

Place 12 in box 1 and 15 in box 3 using only addition.

 3 5 7

3=2+3
3=1+3
1=1+1
1=1+1

 3 5 7
 3 5 12
 3 5 15
 6 5 15
 12 5 15

• I've only seen silly questions like this on an IQ test before.  Maybe they wanted to see if you could add?  </shrug>

• Sorry I missed a bit... you only have 3 steps to do it (you get marked down 1 point for each step over that)

Im fine with how it works, its when it got to the others that I struggle...

a b [empty]

Using only subtraction place a in box 2 and b in box 1 (I think that there were 4 steps for this)..

but what Im actually looking for are examples on what they were looking for for the other questions as they progressed through the test... I just want to know how badly I got it wrong!

• incedently the answer to the 1st one (in 3) is

2+3 -> 1
2+2 -> 3
2+3 -> 3

12 5 15

I really want some proper examples though so that I can see where I went wrong (almost typed "if at all" here.. but I know that it went wrong!)

• @amischiefr said:

I've only seen silly questions like this on an IQ test before.  Maybe they wanted to see if you could add?  </shrug>

ICT Technician, I am a web developer at the moment and I dont really want to get out of that, but it was a much more stable job... Local gov, no chance of redundancy - slightly less pay in the short term but better chances of advancement...

Like I said.. didnt really want it that badly.. just testing the waters!

• @wonkoTheSane said:

incedently the answer to the 1st one (in 3) is

2+3 -> 1
2+2 -> 3
2+3 -> 3

12 5 15

I really want some proper examples though so that I can see where I went wrong (almost typed "if at all" here.. but I know that it went wrong!)

I don't know, try writing a program to find the best solutions.

• @tster said:

I don't know, try writing a program to find the best solutions.

Doesn't it make you mad the way HR people will come up with this crap (and psychometric tests etc) just to justify their positions?  Why is this any different than giving candidates a copy of today's paper and getting them to do the kakuro puzzle?

Oh hang on, the solution for the kakuro won't be published until tomorrow.

• Sorry, but if I'm going to be given math problems to work at a job interview, I'll be explaining exactly why I'm not a good fit for them - I much prefer to be judged on my ability to make COMPUTERS do asinine computations quickly than on MY ability to do asinine computations quickly.

• @Weng said:

Sorry, but if I'm going to be given math problems to work at a job interview, I'll be explaining exactly why I'm not a good fit for them - I much prefer to be judged on my ability to make COMPUTERS do asinine computations quickly than on MY ability to do asinine computations quickly.

Well put, I think that they were trying to get the numbers down more than anything, there were 100 applications for one position, the top 10 were given this test (2 passed - I wasnt one of them )

The thing that bothers me is the fact that it had no relevance to the position that I applied for, OK if I applied for a programming position (like my current job) it wouldnt be too bad, but this was for essensially a tech support job. i.e. fixing issues with users PCs, a better test would have been asking us to fix some weird issue on a test system, or write a tech document to aid the user in fixing a certian issue...

Well probably best I didnt get it, the guy doing the interviews (My prospective boss) struggled to get his laptop hooked up to the projector, couldnt find the option to open a quick time video in full screen (so we watched 3/4 of his desktop and a tiny video about the company)!

Id still like more info on these tests though.. it bothers me that I couldnt do the more advanced ones

• @wonkoTheSane said:

Id still like more info on these tests though.. it bothers me that I couldnt do the more advanced ones
As (I assume) you've already figured, there's nothing from google about these tests under 'quis' - is there not a more colloqual name they're known by?

Though looking at responses so far, that's basically the question you're asking.

• @PJH said:

@wonkoTheSane said:

Id still like more info on these tests though.. it bothers me that I couldnt do the more advanced ones
As (I assume) you've already figured, there's nothing from google about these tests under 'quis' - is there not a more colloqual name they're known by?

Though looking at responses so far, that's basically the question you're asking.

Yeah, pretty much, although after asking everyone I know (and yes... I checked google first ) its looking more and more like these were the invention of that particular employer!

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