His litmus test?
Over at the Times is a (now somewhat notorious) discussion (or set of short pieces with comments) about whether kids today are learning - or need to learn - "grammar". It's headed by this quote:
"Grammar is my litmus test," the C.E.O. of iFixit wrote recently in the Harvard Business Review. "If job hopefuls can’t distinguish between 'to' and 'too,' their applications go into the bin."Set aside whether you'd really want to work for that guy - or if he'd be that picky without 9% unemployment - and ask: do you think he's ever really met anyone - or read any application from anyone - who couldn't tell the difference between "in that direction" and "also"? Of course he hasn't. Just like he's never met anyone who'd say "Is that you are folder on the table?"
No. He's met people who misspell. Or mistype, and then don't notice it when they read over their resume (boy, do I know how easy that can be). Or perhaps have not learned how to spell. People who just need a second set of eyes on what they write (as, it used to be acknowledged, the best of writers do).
But "grammar" is not his litmus test. Spelling is not grammar. Ungrammatical sentences can be spelled correctly - "Is our children learning, and does they needing to?" - just as grammatical ones can have a misspelling or two. And as for the latter category, no one calls them ungrammatical as long as the fortunate writer didn't accidentally cross categories - for instance, who'd say "he didn't know whether to write or phoen" was "ungrammatical"? (Wrong, yes, of course, but ungrammatical?)
Moreover, something can be perfectly spelled and make no sense whatsoever, contribute not one original or creative idea to the discussion, and in fact be utterly without merit.
So not only is his litmus test not grammar, it's worthless to him. It doesn't measure what he thinks it's measuring. It allows him to arbitrarily winnow his stack of applications, but it has no real value as far as winnowing bad candidates out.
But it probably makes him feel smug and pleased whenever he puts an application "hoping too work for your company" into the bin.