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2014-06-14 05:19:04 PM
Went through the study guide/flash cards and was surprised at the number of either typos or outright misspellings.
 
2014-06-14 06:38:36 PM
Here's the one Chang who matters in Asian cooking (fark PF Chang):

timebusinessblog.files.wordpress.com
 
2014-06-14 06:38:56 PM
You think this is bad? Try getting your employees to path the Meth test.
 
2014-06-14 06:40:26 PM
NASA works at PF Changs?
 
2014-06-14 06:42:32 PM
The strangest questions I've ever seen were on the Radio Shack test. Some were so frighteningly surreal, I wasn't sure how to answer. This was 10+ years ago so it's probably changed, but the one I remember was on the strongly disagree - strongly agree scale: "There are seven days in a week."
 
2014-06-14 06:45:40 PM
The only question that matters is:

img.fark.net

How spicy would you like your Chang sauce?
 
2014-06-14 06:49:03 PM
I had to take a 130 question test on electronic circuits and devices for my new job.  I have no idea how I passed, because "Fundamentals of Digital Logic" was 8 years ago, and I data-dumped that shiat as soon as I was done with it.
 
2014-06-14 06:50:08 PM
The customer is always _______

A) Here
B) Wrong
C) Right
D) Kung Pao
 
2014-06-14 06:50:58 PM
I haven't read the study guide yet, but that article itself didn't make much sense.
 
2014-06-14 06:57:49 PM
I remember waiting for a friend to finish his shift at Blockbuster and I tried out their employee application. It ended up giving a couple of IQ but then ethics questions. The one that stood out early on was "A black guy (phrased that way, not AA) is coming up to your storefront and it is five minutes to close, which of the following would you do". Three of the four answers involved making sure you closed the store before he got there, each of them giving a different racist reasoning. I asked his boss how many people don't pick the obvious "the store is open" answer and he said that question along with another question about following black customers around the store to save the company money eliminated about 25 percent of apps alone
 
2014-06-14 06:57:57 PM
Really subby? Harder than NASA? Really? REALLY????
 
2014-06-14 07:03:21 PM

LordOfThePings: The customer is always _______

A) Here
B) Wrong
C) Right
D) Kung Pao


Popozao
 
2014-06-14 07:05:29 PM
its hard to know your managers name and the ingredients of one of their drinks? I don't follow this article at all.
 
2014-06-14 07:06:14 PM

NeuroticRocker: The strangest questions I've ever seen were on the Radio Shack test. Some were so frighteningly surreal, I wasn't sure how to answer. This was 10+ years ago so it's probably changed, but the one I remember was on the strongly disagree - strongly agree scale: "There are seven days in a week."


thats actually a great question. seperate out the nutters lickity quick
 
2014-06-14 07:08:42 PM
I think this is a build up for "REMO WILLIAMS TWO: The Adventure Continues".
 
2014-06-14 07:09:10 PM

oh_please: Really subby? Harder than NASA? Really? REALLY????


Well, I work for NASA but am unable to answer any of those questions.

/not really.
 
2014-06-14 07:09:46 PM
Who are the managers of the P.F. Chang's located on South Promenade Boulevard in Rogers, Arkansas?

Crap, that sounds like a fraternity pledge question.
 
2014-06-14 07:13:41 PM
Obviously. You work with some pretty stupid people, day to day, a a place like PF Changes.
 
2014-06-14 07:15:05 PM

maq0r: LordOfThePings: The customer is always _______

A) Here
B) Wrong
C) Right
D) Kung Pao

Popozao


FARK YOU FOR MAKING ME REMEMBER THAT "SONG"
 
2014-06-14 07:15:10 PM

Bathia_Mapes: Went through the study guide/flash cards and was surprised at the number of either typos or outright misspellings.


i.kinja-img.com
Yeah, patron and Patron are different things in the context of a restaurant. The issue here is that a trained eye was not passed over the material before it escaped into the wild. Do they copy edit their menus, signage, and correspondence this poorly?
 
2014-06-14 07:15:20 PM

oh_please: Really subby? Harder than NASA? Really? REALLY????


No, not really.
You see, subby was using something called "hyperbole".
Wikipedia defines hyperbole as the "use of exaggeration as a rhetorical device or figure of speech. It may be used to evoke strong feelings or to create a strong impression, but is not meant to be taken literally."
 
2014-06-14 07:17:15 PM
Can we all stop knocking white trash? I mean, seriously, just don't drive south... only north.
 
2014-06-14 07:17:25 PM

NeuroticRocker: The strangest questions I've ever seen were on the Radio Shack test. Some were so frighteningly surreal...the one I remember was on the strongly disagree - strongly agree scale: "There are seven days in a week."



Strongly disagree.  There are five days in a week, two in a weekend.

I can work all week.
 
2014-06-14 07:22:37 PM
Managers are wonderful! I miss Shandine, but am glad Philip is there.
 
2014-06-14 07:25:02 PM

jehovahs witness protection: I think this is a build up for "REMO WILLIAMS TWO: The Adventure Continues".


"You know, Chiun, there are times when I really like you."

"Of course. I am Chiun."

"And there are times when I could really kill you."

"Good. We will practice that after dinner."
 
2014-06-14 07:26:21 PM
You mean the managers of a P.F. Chang's in Rogers Arkansas actually take time to train their employees in skills and knowledge they may find useful in the functions they perform as part of their employment?!?

What bothers me the most is that someone finds this notable.
 
2014-06-14 07:29:01 PM

NeuroticRocker: The strangest questions I've ever seen were on the Radio Shack test. Some were so frighteningly surreal, I wasn't sure how to answer. This was 10+ years ago so it's probably changed, but the one I remember was on the strongly disagree - strongly agree scale: "There are seven days in a week."


timecube.com

YOU WERE BORN STUPID!
 
2014-06-14 07:32:31 PM

TheManofPA: I remember waiting for a friend to finish his shift at Blockbuster and I tried out their employee application. It ended up giving a couple of IQ but then ethics questions. The one that stood out early on was "A black guy (phrased that way, not AA) is coming up to your storefront and it is five minutes to close, which of the following would you do". Three of the four answers involved making sure you closed the store before he got there, each of them giving a different racist reasoning. I asked his boss how many people don't pick the obvious "the store is open" answer and he said that question along with another question about following black customers around the store to save the company money eliminated about 25 percent of apps alone


I worked for a gas station that put me through an hour long ethics test. It involved plenty of very racist questions. I'm sure plenty of people failed based on them.
 
2014-06-14 07:40:11 PM
How many Courics?
 
2014-06-14 07:43:34 PM

NeuroticRocker: The strangest questions I've ever seen were on the Radio Shack test. Some were so frighteningly surreal, I wasn't sure how to answer. This was 10+ years ago so it's probably changed, but the one I remember was on the strongly disagree - strongly agree scale: "There are seven days in a week."


Two possibilities there: either they were testing you were not completely delusional, or they were testing that you weren't just answering the questions blindly.
 
2014-06-14 07:45:43 PM

NickelP: its hard to know your managers name and the ingredients of one of their drinks? I don't follow this article at all.


I think the point is that a lot of restaurants focus on shiat that does not matter for employees to know...such as knowing what a specific statue represents, rather than providing superior table service, knowing all the allergen info in a specific dish, etc.

CSB:
I was GM at a privately owned restaurant that had 8 "silent" investors that on a regular basis gave me shiat about how THEY would improve the place...

One night a newly hired bartender charged (gasp!!!) one of them and...hold on...handed them a check...HO-LEE-SHIAT!!!  I do not care to elaborate on the silliness that stemmed from this (use your imagination), but long story short, the owner came in the next day with a binder of head shots (no joke) and brief bios of the "silent investors" and told me to train the entire staff on who they were, how to treat them, etc.

Needless to say, it ended up in the trash within about 4 minutes and me chewing him out on what an ass his partners and him were.  Acting as if they were the most important people in there rather than the actual PAYING guests, etc, etc.

Things improved vastly after my laying into him.
 
2014-06-14 07:55:16 PM
What does the "P.F." stand for?
 
2014-06-14 07:56:34 PM

baconbeard: What does the "P.F." stand for?


Packed and Frozen
 
2014-06-14 08:09:15 PM

davidphogan: TheManofPA: I remember waiting for a friend to finish his shift at Blockbuster and I tried out their employee application. It ended up giving a couple of IQ but then ethics questions. The one that stood out early on was "A black guy (phrased that way, not AA) is coming up to your storefront and it is five minutes to close, which of the following would you do". Three of the four answers involved making sure you closed the store before he got there, each of them giving a different racist reasoning. I asked his boss how many people don't pick the obvious "the store is open" answer and he said that question along with another question about following black customers around the store to save the company money eliminated about 25 percent of apps alone

I worked for a gas station that put me through an hour long ethics test. It involved plenty of very racist questions. I'm sure plenty of people failed based on them.


I take it those are geared toward white applicants. I guess that makes the test itself racist? The test cannot pass itself.
 
2014-06-14 08:11:59 PM

hardinparamedic: You think this is bad? Try getting your employees to path the Meth test.


Or pass the mess test.
 
2014-06-14 08:21:21 PM
Ummm.....Ryan Van Hersh and Matthew Thulin?

/I cheated.
 
2014-06-14 08:46:02 PM
Did you guys know that PF Changs is owned by a bunch of white dudes?
 
2014-06-14 08:46:34 PM

Bathia_Mapes: Went through the study guide/flash cards and was surprised at the number of either typos or outright misspellings.


Well, it is in Arkansas....

/ still not sure FARK needs an "Arkansas" tag
 
2014-06-14 08:47:48 PM
really? is it that hard to know that patron is the main ingredient of a margarita and not a whiskey sour? i know that we haven't made any big progresses in nasa since their mission was changed to muslim outreach but i still think it's harder to find a job at nasa...
 
2014-06-14 08:53:50 PM
Q. "You just bought a hammer and a nail for $1.10.  The hammer cost exactly one dollar more than the nail, how much does the nail cost?????


/not mine, but wanted to see how many folks remember this particular thread....
// see nothing wrong with expecting your employees to know the products they are selling or the specific procedures of said place of business
///slashes
 
2014-06-14 08:54:17 PM
Name our well vodka           Sobieski

I approve.
 
2014-06-14 08:56:23 PM

SuperNinjaToad: Did you guys know that PF Changs is owned by a bunch of white dudes?


ts1.mm.bing.net

Are they related to Donna Chang?
 
2014-06-14 08:59:45 PM

SuperNinjaToad: Did you guys know that PF Changs is owned by a bunch of white dudes?


Whaaa....Say it ain't so!

/now I'm gonna go look it up
 
2014-06-14 09:01:19 PM

jpo2269: Q. "You just bought a hammer and a nail for $1.10.  The hammer cost exactly one dollar more than the nail, how much does the nail cost?????


/not mine, but wanted to see how many folks remember this particular thread....
// see nothing wrong with expecting your employees to know the products they are selling or the specific procedures of said place of business
///slashes


The nail was free.

/farking socialists and their 10% sales tax
 
2014-06-14 09:11:30 PM

NeuroticRocker: The strangest questions I've ever seen were on the Radio Shack test. Some were so frighteningly surreal, I wasn't sure how to answer. This was 10+ years ago so it's probably changed, but the one I remember was on the strongly disagree - strongly agree scale: "There are seven days in a week."


O_O
 
2014-06-14 09:26:52 PM
Roger, you got me... I should have noted that you bought those two items during a "tax holiday...."
 
2014-06-14 09:32:24 PM

Gyrfalcon: NeuroticRocker: The strangest questions I've ever seen were on the Radio Shack test. Some were so frighteningly surreal, I wasn't sure how to answer. This was 10+ years ago so it's probably changed, but the one I remember was on the strongly disagree - strongly agree scale: "There are seven days in a week."

O_O


Ha, I missed that comment. I was a manager at a place with a yellow tag on a blue background, and as part of the hiring process we had to take a phone test, we got this 866/888 number we had to call, and it was, "Taking money. From the Register. Is Bad. If you agree. Press 1. If you disagree. Press 2. If you are. Not Sure. Press 3."
 
2014-06-14 09:34:11 PM

proteus_b: really? is it that hard to know that patron is the main ingredient of a margarita and not a whiskey sour? i know that we haven't made any big progresses in nasa since their mission was changed to muslim outreach but i still think it's harder to find a job at nasa...


So... Margaritas are made of people?
 
2014-06-14 09:36:38 PM

Fluid: NeuroticRocker: The strangest questions I've ever seen were on the Radio Shack test. Some were so frighteningly surreal, I wasn't sure how to answer. This was 10+ years ago so it's probably changed, but the one I remember was on the strongly disagree - strongly agree scale: "There are seven days in a week."

Two possibilities there: either they were testing you were not completely delusional, or they were testing that you weren't just answering the questions blindly.


It was radio shack.  A great number of their employees* were basement dwelling electronics geeks building their own atomic bomb.  Days of the week sort of blend together for those types.

*back when radio shack sold electronics.  Now radio shack employees are empty suits pushing cell phones, same as everywhere else
 
2014-06-14 09:38:48 PM

baconbeard: What does the "P.F." stand for?

Actually, it stands for Paul Fleming who also started Fleming's Steak House.
The difference is that at Fleming's (depending on the site) you can get a great meal whereas at PF Chang's you get salt seasoned with salt pretending to be Chinese food. Worst Chinese food I ever had with the exception of Pei Wei which is owned by them.

Paul Fleming is no longer involved, he sold the chain a while ago.

 
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