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    Cyburbian Plus Salmissra's avatar
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    Personality test before an interview?

    I'm going for an interview in a couple of days, and the HR lady told me that I have to take two tests before I even get into the interview. One is a personality profile test thing, and the other is a comprehensive test covering basic math, word problems, word choice (which word does not belong? a is to b as c is to what? etc), both of which are required.
    I've never had to do tests before interviewing before (not counting drug testing!). Has anyone else faced this before? Is there a possibility that a person can fail these tests? Only the comprehensive one is timed, btw . . .
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    I've taken both of the kinds of tests you mention, plus one that helps determine whether you can be "trustworthy." The personality test is fun and will let your employer know if your introverted or extroverted, analytical or animated.....can really help guide you in the right direction for whatever position you are trying to get. (If used correctly) I think these tests should be discussed between all employees working on the same team. This would allow everyone on the team to know the general personality of the other team members and might just help everyone get along better. (ok if everyone agrees to disclose) If I know team member x is extroverted and a bull dog in negotiations or just daily life, then I'll be prepared to deal with them better in the work environment......

    The tests to determine if you will steal from the company, or are trustworthy, are just plain silly......they should rely on your criminal history for that.....

    I foresee one day, the corporate gods requiring psychiatric evaluations and lie detector testing for everyone....I for one would like to know that I'm not in the same work environment as a psychopath nut job who can't wait to go postal on the co-workers.....
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    I had to take what was called a congitive test at an interview. There was a Thread about it check it out.

    Good luck.

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    I'm a lucky one that I has no personality.

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    I had to take both for the lowly job of Library Paige (ie the person who puts the books back on the shelf). What the personality test was for I don't know, but the other made sense. If you don't know the alphabet and can not count, the chances that you are going to put books back in the proper place are very slim.
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    Quote Originally posted by Salmissra
    I'm going for an interview in a couple of days, and the HR lady told me that I have to take two tests before I even get into the interview. One is a personality profile test thing, and the other is a comprehensive test covering basic math, word problems, word choice (which word does not belong? a is to b as c is to what? etc), both of which are required.
    I've never had to do tests before interviewing before (not counting drug testing!). Has anyone else faced this before? Is there a possibility that a person can fail these tests? Only the comprehensive one is timed, btw . . .
    Are you trying to get on with the federal government?

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