In 2009, I contacted an instructional design company in Indianapolis about a job opportunity. They called me back for an initial phone interview and as part of this first round of interviews, they asked me to complete and submit a quick instructional design assignment on how to insert a drill bit into a certain brand of cordless drill. (Bosch, maybe? It's now 2014 and I don't remember.) Anyway, the instructional design company sent me an email with the instructions and specifications for the assignment and basically gave me the weekend to submit a rough design.
The job hunt and the interview process remain a frustrating experience for many of us. But in the particular interview experience described in this post, neither the instructional design company nor I ever dreamed this little video would end up actually being useful or getting so much attention! So ya' just never know ... ;)