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Kirk Doxtader
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Took an online exam the beginning of this week for a job with a large financial institution. The exam was suppose to be for Base and Advanced SAS. For those that program in SAS you know that it's not a small subject. I have received many calls from recruiters for this job. When I took the exam it was SAS IML. The title of the exam even said "SAS 9.3". IML is not Base or Advanced SAS but another SAS product that must be purchased separately. I have never seen or used it. It's a matrix language much like R as I understand. There were forty questions of which probably two were purely SAS statement questions. I studied for what I thought the exam would be and for what was described in the job description. Even spent money on a study guide. Very disappointed. Have not been able to contact recruiter by phone or email. He probably realized that he dropped the ball or the client messed up the job description or HR wrote the request incorrectly or the wrong exam was forwarded or any number of things. I spent too much time on a false lead, one I initially had my hopes up for. I sent my peace and it did not return. I wipe my feet and leave. Ain't got time for that!

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Lenin Pina
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Hey Kirk Doxtader , sorry to hear about your recent pre-employment test experience. I can understand how a recruiter or hiring manager would send the wrong test but choosing to disappear on you after the fact is not at all professional.

Do you think this the whole thing was a scam job? How much research did you did you perform on the company beforehand?

I would think testing pre-employment testing as a regular step for job seekers in pursuing technical careers. Have you ever had a similar experience with other jobs? I've participated in pre-employment assessments but I'm not too familiar with testing. I'll tag kathleen goddard who also has a tech work background and ask if she can share some light on this matter.

It's hard to simply brush off these type of experiences but try not to let it distract you from vigorously pursuing your job search. Stay Encouraged!

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Wow Kirk Doxtader - that sounds pretty hard! I'm sorry to hear that. It definitely sounds like someone along the way to getting you there dropped the ball. Whether that is the recruiter, HR, or the company (if they were not aware of the difference). Have you reached out to the company directly and informed them of what happened?

You can always chalk this up to a learning experience. Yes, you did not get the job but now you know to be aware of something like the job post being for SAS but a company actually wanting someone for a different product.

All things considered, it does sound like you were well prepared for the exam, had it actually been a SAS exam. That's good. It means you are doing everything in your power to put your best foot forward.

Best of luck in your search, Kirk. The Jobcase community is here for you! Keep us updated on any new developments.

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