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    An agency has sent me a lengthy test to complete before their client can consider me for a telephone interview. Now this test is extremely long it's actually a project. It would take me at least 3 days to complete. I can't be bothered as my brain is already dehydrated as I am working MON-FRI. How should I politely refuse it? I am experiencing such a long-winded test for the first time in my 6 years contracting career.

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    Quote Originally Posted by greypanda View Post
    How should I politely refuse it?
    Just inform the agency that you have no intention of taking the test, and that you will continue to pursue contract opportunities for which you are obviously better suited through other agencies.

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    Post it here we can do it as a project between ourselves

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    What does the test involve out of curiosity?
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    Quote Originally Posted by DimPrawn View Post
    What does the test involve out of curiosity?
    It involves developing a batch and real time data ingestion platform in Google Cloud using technologies like Kafka, Flume, Spark and Hadoop and serve it using an API that queries an Elastic Search Index. In addition to this a 4-5 page Power point presentation showing architectural diagram and discussion. Jesus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by greypanda View Post
    It involves developing a batch and real time data ingestion platform in Google Cloud using technologies like Kafka, Flume, Spark and Hadoop and serve it using an API that queries an Elastic Search Index. In addition to this a 4-5 page Power point presentation showing architectural diagram and discussion. Jesus.

    https://www.kafka.co.uk/

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    I have a friend who when he attended an interview was given a list of real bugs and a copy of the clients mobile app and told to see how many they could fix....

    He didnt take that job.

    Ive also turned down roles where they have excessive testing - one place wanted me to do a psychometric test online then written maths english and something else BEFORE going in for the sit down interview and tech test.

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    Tell them to **** off. Works for me

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhiltheGreek View Post
    Tell them to **** off. Works for me
    Make sure you can be lip-read from a distance too....


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    This isn’t a test, it’s a free consultation.
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