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Bean picking as agility test
夾豆豆測靈活度

A woman applying for a position as a technician at a major semiconductor company picks up red beans and rice grains with a pair of tweezers.


應徵半導體科技大廠技術員的一位女性正用夾子夾起紅豆或米粒。

Photo: Hung Mei-hsiu, Liberty Times 照片:自由時報記者洪美秀

To become a technician at a major high-tech company in the semiconductor or silicon wafer fields, you must first test your prowess at picking up red beans and grains of rice with a pair of tweezers. You must also have the ability to identify geometric shapes and decide whether characters are missing from a sequence!

Opto Tech Corporation in the Hsinchu Science Park orga-nized the first major recruiting event after the Lunar New Year break at the Hsinchu City Government last Tuesday. At the event, job seekers were asked to pick out red beans with a pair of tweezers. Among more than 50 applicants, about a dozen who did well were hired on the spot.

Major companies in Hsinchu Science-based Industrial Park, such as United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC), Vanguard International Semiconductor Corporation (VIS) and Opto Tech Corporation, often give applicants simple written tests in order to get a feeling for their responsiveness and agility. Opto Tech produced a box of red, green and soy beans and grains of rice, and asked applicants to pick out three red beans and three green beans with a pair of tweezers. The red bean challenge surprised several applicants who said they found the approach very unusual and hard to prepare for in advance.

Opto Tech said the test shows how steady the applicants hands are. Since Opto Tech is a major LED product company in the semiconductor and silicon wafer industry, technicians have to hold silicon wafers during the production process. If their hands are not steady enough, the wafers could be damaged.

In addition to the bean test, applicants must also do a simple written test related to the manufacturing process. They have to know the meaning of English words such as “war-ning” and “test,” and they also have to recognize geometric shapes and perform arithmetic as well as check whether cha-racters or letters are missing from a sequence. Anyone with a junior high school education should be able to answer the questions.

TODAY’S WORDS 今日單字

1. on the spot prep. phr.

當場 (dang1 chang3)

例: I fell for her on the spot, it didn’t even take five seconds.

(根本沒超過五秒鐘,我當場就迷戀上她。)

2. get a feeling for v. phr.

為了解 (wei4 liao2 jie3)

例: I wanted to get a feeling for how good his English was, so I tried to make him talk a lot.

(我為了解他的英文程度,因此試著讓他講很多話。)

3. separate v.

分開 (fen1 kai1)

例: You have to separate them, men on the left and women on the right.

(你必須分開他們,男人在左邊,女人在右邊。)


Opto Tech said some university graduates fail the test as they cannot separate the red beans from the green beans properly. However, most of those who do pass the test are attentive and alert, which is necessary to keep the percentage of wafers that have to be rejected to under one percent. Other major high-tech companies such as UMC, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) and VIS also give preliminary tests to screen applicants.

The job fair organized by the Hsinchu City Government provided more than 3,000 job openings. Thirty-eight companies took part in that event. It is now a job seekers’ market.

(LIBERTY TIMES, TRANSLATED BY TAIJING WU)

要成為半導體及晶圓片等科技大廠技術員,你得先試用夾子夾起紅豆及米粒的靈活度,還得有辨識幾何圖形和文字或字母是否漏列!

新竹科學園區光磊科技公司上週二在新竹市府舉辦的新春第一場大型徵才活動中,請求職者用夾子夾紅豆,結果五十多個應徵者,有十幾人紅豆夾得好當場被錄取。

竹科科技大廠如聯電、世界先進及光磊科技等,為了解求職者的反應力及靈活度,常會請求職者做簡單筆試。光磊科技則拿出一盒裝有紅豆、綠豆、黃豆及米粒的盒子,請求職者試著用夾子夾紅豆及綠豆各三顆,這項夾豆子的挑戰讓不少求職者直呼不一樣,且很難事前準備。

光磊科技公司表示,這項測試是要檢視求職者的手部穩定度和靈活力,因為光磊科技是半導體晶圓片的LED產品大廠,技術員必須在製程中手拿晶圓片,如果穩定度不夠,就會造成晶圓片的耗損。

除夾豆子測試,也會進行簡單筆試,測試與製程有關題目。必須知道英文warning(警告)、test(測試)代表的意思,還有辨識幾何圖形和數字運算及挑出文字、字母是否漏列等測試,只要具國中程度者都能作答。

光磊科技公司表示,也有大學畢業求職者沒通過測試,且無法將紅豆與米粒清楚分開陳列,但通過測試者,大多具備細心度與靈活度,才能讓晶圓片製程的耗損率在百分之一以下,像聯電、台積電或世界先進等科技大廠也會先做測試來篩選求職者。

新竹市府舉辦的徵才活動,有三十八家廠商,釋出三千多個工作機會,勞動職場已呈現「事求人」的情況。

(自由時報記者洪美秀)

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