Give That Girl A Special Test
Corporate America seems to be enamored with personality assessments. Periodically, another one pops up, devised by another PhD with nothing to else to do—or so it seems. The ‘architects’ of these assessments tout that the tests results are correlated to a person’s future job performance. Perhaps in some cases, but I do not believe they are anywhere close to being an exact science. At least that’s my take.
Join The Movement
That said, like a lemming, I took the bait and took several assessments. Depending on the brand, they were all a bit different.
- On the ‘DISC’ brand of assessment, I scored as what they call ‘The Persuader’ behavior style—High I (Influence0 and High D (Dominance).
- On the Enneagram brand of assessment, my tri-type showed me to be what they call ‘The Mover & Shaker’.
- On the ‘Meyers Brigg’s” assessment. I came out as what they call ESFJ-T … and INFJ another.
Let’s Call The Whole Thing Off
You say tomato, I say tomahto. I have to admit that I find the subject of personality testing interesting—in a parlor game sort of way. That said, I firmly believe that employers who use them—and the ‘architects’ who develop them—are all on their own ego trip.
At the end of the day, these tests are a way to manipulate people. A tool of pre-judging and bias. That’s my two cents.