“Experts” say it takes 7 seconds to make a first impression.
In those 7 seconds the other person will judge you on your facial expression, clothes, handshake, hair, shoes and the way you talk and walk.
While I think that is completely and utterly BULLSHIT, I rather believe this than what seems to be becoming a trend of HR people.
Online Personality Tests
Anyone puking yet?
I recently hired two people for my team.
It took me an hour job interview to know there would be good connection between us, but HR policy forced me to force them to do one of those tests.
Throughout my work life I had to do a couple of these myself.
The most amusing one, I must say, was the bird test:
Parrot – The extrovert who likes to show all their colors
Dove – The peace pigeon who likes to make sure everyone gets on well
Owl – The introvert one who likes to do actual work instead of socializing around
Falcon – The very target driven
But somehow the combination between the Dove and Owl didn’t seem to be what HR wanted.
This turned into a very dragging topic of discussion during the annual “the manager gets to judge me” meeting.
And this was not even my worst experience of these kind of tests.
About a month ago I absorbed all my courage and told my manager I did not want to participate in yet another personality test he and HR had planned.
I had tell my history of bad experiences, but finally they accepted as long as I promised I will participate in the next one.
I just smiled politely.
It’s not much of a secret that I want to move abroad, so I’ve been applying to a couple of places.
Apparently one company has selected me to go to the next round by sending me an online personality test.
You gotta be ….
I am frustrated to the bone.
I consider my friendliness to be my strongest personality point, my smile of empathy and the twinkle in my eyes when we talk about a topic that interests me.
How am I supposed to show that on a cold, hard online test?
What is your view on an online personality test?
Do you believe they actually work?
Do you fear the result? Did you have a bad experience due to them?