Skills Assessment: Good Cheap But Not Fast

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Recently, I have taken a few online skills assessments.  I have enjoyed them, even though I enjoy Pop Culture quizzes even more.  But I love challenging myself to find details other people may have missed, and the most recent assessment test was all about details. 

For me, what I love the most about looking for specific details is a throwback to wishing I could someday work for the FBI.  No, not as a field agent.  I wanted to be the guy in Clear and Present Danger that could hack a password based on combining other known details.  Not computer hacking where you have to be a code genius, but rather the unlocking of information based on combinations of other information.  I love it!

Of course, in Clear and Present Danger, the character that does this information gathering is Petey, played by Greg Germann, and he works for the CIA, not the FBI.  But it’s the closest reference I could come up with to how I wished I could feel in a job like that.  I like the feeling when I can solve problems for other people, based on information gathering, and Petey does that perfectly. 

Anyhow, back to the skills assessments.  The most recent one did have one thing that I wasn’t sure about; it was timed.  On one hand, just like Petey, there is a certain feeling that the faster I do this the more impressive I will seem.  On the other hand, what if I miss something or make a mistake because I am rushing the result.  And therein lies the rub.  I am not sure if it is more impressive to be fast and fairly accurate, or more impressive to be slower but have 100% accuracy. 

It is fairly difficult to have both, fast AND accurate.

Just like the sign above, good and cheap won’t be fast.  And similar to offering those 3 kinds of services above, you can have a variation of some of the services, but you can’t have it all.

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