Monday, February 01, 2010

Be careful if employers give personality tests when you're already on the job (and when applying, too)


On Sunday, Jan. 31, Lily Garcia ran an article in the Jobs Section of The Washington Post about personality tests at work. The article is titled “Skip the test if you don’t want your personality pegged at work”, link here.

The article fields a question from a visitor who faces a Myers-briggs survey at work (link), which HR promises will be used only in the aggregate. Obviously, she fears being pegged by her employer as a “type.”

Outplacement agencies give these tests to help give advice. But often employers give applicants 400-question true-false personality tests, both to detect deception but also to determine socialability, especially for customer service jobs. AT&T gave the test online to applicants, and would not let applicants who “failed” reapply for six months (back in 2002). TSA gives a test like this to applicants for screening positions.

Picture: Full Moon on a winter morning (no relation to post), when days start to get longer. "The days lengthen, the cold strengthens."

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