Sent technical test that was impossible, other candidates completed it

This question was just put on hold with the "questions require a goal we can address" reason. I'm not sure I agree with that, because the question has a clearly stated goal in bold:

I feel like I need closure, but the employer is not explaining this test result to me. How should I help myself move on?

We know lots of people coming to this site struggle with being rejected in interviews, and/or struggle with how to interpret what they're told when they are rejected. Questions like this may fall in to a gray area in the strict sense, but I do think there's a lot of potential value in them.

Further, it's a highly upvoted question with many highly upvoted answers that have interesting comments. I feel like it's a bit of a shame to shut it down.

I have voted to reopen and would ask others to as well if they agree.

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    I would VTRO if we somehow could rephrase the actual question to remove the "How should I..." part, as I feel it is highly "asking us to make a choice for OP"
    – DarkCygnus Mod
    Nov 19, 2019 at 16:23
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    @DarkCygnus the edit button is on the bottom, mr somebody :D Nov 19, 2019 at 17:02
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    @RichardSaysReinstateMonica I know Richard :0) but I'm currently with a kinda critical task here at work... when I get free I surely will take an edit.
    – DarkCygnus Mod
    Nov 19, 2019 at 17:12
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    @DarkCygnus No worries, just some friendly ribbing. :D Nov 19, 2019 at 17:20
  • I'm thinking about that sort of edit too. I feel like the acceptance of wording in situations like this is a little arbitrary. What about something like "What strategies work in order to help me move on?" Or, "how should I respond to the employer's lack of explanation?"
    – dwizum
    Nov 19, 2019 at 17:22
  • @dwizum I like your first option better (I try to avoid the "should" word as it happens to be a CV magnet...) I see the post was edited to a state I consider worthy of a VTRO... one more to go
    – DarkCygnus Mod
    Nov 19, 2019 at 22:09
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    vtro and its open
    – Kilisi Mod
    Nov 19, 2019 at 22:20
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    I still maintain that questions exclusively about intrapersonal issues are off topic. But more than that I feel this should be closed as a duplicate of one of the many canonical posts we don't have (which may simply ask how to handle failing a technical interview test and cover all aspects of that). Nov 20, 2019 at 20:08
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    @Dukeling if it effects the workplace, then it's not exclusively an interpersonal issue, and the answers we give here would be shut down and deleted over there anyway. Nov 21, 2019 at 14:18
  • @RichardSaysReinstateMonica I meant intra-personal, not interpersonal, as in taking place inside the mind. Nov 21, 2019 at 15:18
  • @Dukeling sorry, went all dyslexic on that. one. Nov 21, 2019 at 15:39


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