As you probably know, the job is essentially editing, proofreading and a little research. The primary requirement is excellent English, because the rest of the stuff you can learn.
However there are people with lousy English who try out anyway, and then there's a realm of epic failure so hilarious it kind of wins. As part of the testing process, applicants were asked to write out a paragraph or two on any topic to demonstrate their grasp of English.
Hilarity ensued. Two particular samples sent to us by our friends running the new branch there had us in splits at the start of tonight's shift:
"Geography: geography is a important subject of all student. Geography means "geo" means earth and "graphy" means study. So it is called study of earth. There are seven country and five ocean in the earth. The seven country are---Asia, Eurup, North america, South America, Asteliya, Affica, and North Pole. Asia is the biggest country of the world. Our India is situated in Asia country."
LOLLERZ. On to Exhibit two:
"Sex: sex is fellings of mind. There is two type of sex in the world. i.e. one is male and one is female. Basically the male person are more interested on female. In another words we all are depends on opposite sex. Less no. of person can live without sex. Less no. person has sex. They are called Hijira. They are most unhappy person."
Note: It's actually Hijra, not Hijira, and the term referrs to traditional Indian eunuchs. Warning: link goes to Wikipedia article featuring a terrifying pic of a horribly unconvincing ex-man in a sari.
Anyway, I suggested that a real interview test for a potential editor would be to edit the above samples (especially the second one) into something coherent and perfectly readable by Wall Street analysts, who are basically the guys that end up reading our transcripts. Oh, and you'd have to do it in less than three times the length of time it took you to read it.
Good times, good times.