I was invited to an incredible game the other day. It was arranged by a powerful multinational; General Motors.
I received a letter to attend a gathering. First of all, I had to answer an English test. After that, a personality test was carried out similarly.
There were 50 people like me writing these tests. The funny thing is the questions contained on this personality test were somehow peculiar, things about your life about which you never think.
Two days later, someone phoned me. I had been selected as one of the 8 people chosen to enter an assessment game in General Motors headquarters.
As I have passed their English and personality tests they wanted me to enter this incredible game. I agreed even though I had to spend a whole morning. This was an interesting, yet a true harsh experience.
General Motors is a mighty enterprise. This is an American multinational company that sells cars worldwide. They own plenty of brands such as; Opel, Cadillac, Chevrolet or Pontiac.
When I arrived at their building, a person was waiting for me. I entered a room where a paper with my name, a pen and some sheet were prepared.
Four people from the company were going to analyze everything. We had to act as to whether they were not there. Yet, they would laugh, cough, talk between them or going out of the room to come back soon thereafter. Consequently, your nerves got bigger and bigger.
This game was long. It lasted 5 hours. The first part of it started as it follows; we had to reach an agreement even though I had never met any of the people with whom I was going to work.
The problem is these kind of games do not have a clear solution. You have to try your best so that prove your skills but you never know if you are rendering a great performance or not at all.
The worst of all is that when we were ending this first part, one of the people in charge altered the rules, and we were only given 5 minutes to change our strategy hence.
When this first part ended, the second started immediately. You had a role and 5 minutes to study everything to present your problems and solutions. Later on, you had to discuss your solutions and comment on everybody else’s tribulations.
We were talking in Spanish. All of a sudden, when we were in the middle of the discussion, we were informed that Spanish was no longer permitted. Therefore, we had to talk in English all time remaining.
An incredible but wicked game
After that, we had 5 minutes break to start a new game; another role to play, something to invent and little time to prepare it. It was a creative task but again, you never know what is the best solution or the best strategy.
Lastly, we made an individual presentation of our skills, experience and overall knowledge. The winner of this game will not be even working for General Motors right now but he or she will be taken into consideration.
We live in a world where companies have plenty of power and we, the people, are mere pawns. They do anything they want with us. This was a very hard experience.
As a matter of fact, the day after this incredible game I tried to write something good, yet my brain was so exhausted I was not even able to conceive a title.
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