This is not a serious post – unless you want to be Trade Me CFO

Trade Me likes to ask candidates for jobs to perform a task that should be simple and fun for the applicant. For the CFO they are looking for it’s to do the following:

Now the idea of calculating how much money Trade Me makes may not fill most with a sense of fun, but I have to confess it’s something that I did for fun way back in the day, and then did for real while working at Trade Me. We liked to ask potential business oriented candidates how much they thought Trade Me was worth – but the usefulness of that question fell apart after the sale.

But the wording is a bit iffy on that ad. I’m confused – do I include a photo of me on the back of an envelope with the working of how much money Trade Me makes?

or do I take a photo of an envelope which has my workings on the back?

or do I just put any old photo on the back of an envelope and include my workings?

or do I include a photo of an envelope with workings on the envelope inside my CV?

Whatever it is I feel that this is a test I would fail spectacularly (and now have). The model bit is easy (it’s the one in the pictures) but the instructions are a nightmare.

But if you can figure it out, and are qualified, then I would recommend applying for the CFO role at Trade Me. There’s an IPO to get through, quarterly reports to the market and all sorts of awesome people that work there.

About Lance Wiggs

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One Response to This is not a serious post – unless you want to be Trade Me CFO

  1. Jon from Trade Me says:

    Thanks for the plug Lance, and fair point on the typo and crappy wording. We’ll fix it up (or likely change the test completely – it has still been a useful exercise, but with some of the info in the media in the last couple of weeks it’s time for a new one)…

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