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Oct/Nov 2002 - Solution of Question #14

Q# 14 You are about to interview three applicants for the position of Assistant Curator at the National Art Gallery. One of these applicants must be appointed because the position needs to be filled immediately. Apart from the daily responsibility of taking groups of visitors of all ages and nationalities round the various collections of paintings and sculptures, the job also entails putting on displays and preparing promotional material, organising workshops in art appreciation for schools and societies and laying on programmes of lectures on specific topics for invited audiences.

To view the notes about the three applicants that you have jotted down from their applications, their testimonials and other sources, please refer to the question number 14 at this link:

Link to the Question: 8001 General Paper Oct/Nov 2002.

(a) Which applicant would you be least likely to select and why? Answer in about 150 of your own words. [15]

Thomas would be least likely to select because of his repulsive characteristics and absence of any significant merit on choosing him, neither for himself nor for the gallery. The position of curator requires a candidate to be skillful in managing and supervising the paintings. His experience of teaching and graduation with a modest degree is of no use for the position. As stated by his invigilators, he is erratic outside and can upset his colleagues. It's obvious that he might upset the visitors at the gallery too. Thomas, being irregular, is not reliable for the position. His current salary is also same as that on offer and it will make no difference at all. He can earn supplements income from classroom teaching and painting but there's no supplements income in the position. And also his ill-mannered behavior of cancelling the appointment at the last minute is in fact, unwarranted for the position.

(No of Words: 152)

(b) Explain why you have decided to appoint one of the remaining applicants rather than the other. Answer in about 150 of your own words. [15]

I have decided to appoint Basil than Elvira. Despite Basil being older than Elvira, he is still feasible for the position. His multi-linguistic and leadership quality adds up his value for the position, as the curator has to deal with people of different character and speaking different languages. He is also a highly distinguished scholar and might not find it difficult to work as a curator. But, Elvira doesn't have any quality that is especially required for the position. Elvira is getting pension from her previous employment but Basil is living in poverty. So, selecting Basil is much favorable than selecting Elvira. Basil visits at the gallery might have made him acquainted with the works of a curator and is ready to make his most good behind the scenes but Elvira still needs to prepare for it. Since, I'm receiving several e-mails from Elvira frequently; she is also likely to upset her colleagues.

(No. of Words: 153)

(c) What would be the most challenging question that you could ask the applicant you have decided to appoint? Give your reasons in about 50 words. [5]

“Why do you think that you are suitable for the position?” This question requires an evaluative answer to express one’s attributes logically. The answer to the question determines how intelligent an applicant is, clarifying his/her achievements. Further, this question also helps to determine whether an applicant is devoted for the position or not.

(No of Words: 53)

(Note: Additional 15 marks will be awarded based upon the usage of English.)

Author: Sandesh Prasain
The author is an Advanced Subsidiary (AS) Level student at British Model College, Thapathali, Kathmandu.


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