Manuscripts/Mixed Material Interview with Douglas G. Hartley
HARTLEY: Right. Well, the way the exam was structured at that time was that you would have two pieces of prose that you had to write. One was, I think, to summarize a passage, and the other was an essay of some sort. And then, I think while I was there, they introduced the In Box test. For me, the two most interesting parts in which we were of course directly involved was the usually three-on-one interview. And what I thought was interesting about this at the time—and I gather that they changed it later—was that we did not know anything about the applicant before we went in to ask him the questions. This meant that we had no preconceptions about him. So we didn't know whether this guy had a Ph.D., or whether he had no degree at all, or anything about his background, whether he had been overseas. I felt this was a very good idea because then it forced us to be objective, whereas had we known about his background we might have tended toward bias in one way or the other - by us against or on behalf of the applicant. I'm glad I did not have to answer some of these questions. I thought they were very difficult, a lot of them - very hard to answer and very difficult to come up with the correct answer. You probably worked in the Board of Examiners.
Q: By this time, we were getting a lot of women, too.
HARTLEY: Yes. We were certainly getting a lot of women. A guy or a gal. We did get a lot of women. And then the other one was the exercise involving the mythical country, whose name I can't even remember anymore.