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This is a discussion on MBTI-style testing on job applications? within the Myers Briggs Forum forums, part of the Personality Type Forums category; I've never really thought about it, but from reading some posts on here, some people seem to believe that the ...

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    ISTJ - The Duty Fulfillers

    MBTI-style testing on job applications?

    I've never really thought about it, but from reading some posts on here, some people seem to believe that the "ethics tests" given on many job applications are actually a way of typing potential employees. Do you think this is a good or bad idea?

    I think it's a piss-poor idea because not only is it discrimination to exclude certain types (if that is what the company is doing), but people often lie on those tests, which would distort the results.

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    All the "ethics" tests I've seen on job applications have been really contrived and obvious what they want you to answer. I've never seen one that had MBTI-ish questions, but rather most of them had questions like:

    Would you report it if you saw an employee stealing an item under $5?
    a. Yes, because all employee theft is a major issue.
    b. No, not if this is the first time.
    c. No, not if it's under $5.
    d. Yes, unless he pays me not to.

    Obviously, they want you to pick 'a', regardless of what you'd actually do. Have companies started giving out personality tests where there is more than one good answer? All I've seen is this "job behavior" stuff that comes down to you saying that you won't steal or be late.

    But I wouldn't encourage an MBTI test for applicants, either. For already-hired employees? Sure, if you can be unbiased enough and use them to work with the strengths and weaknesses of your employees. But for applicants, I can easily see Feelers, Introverts, and especially Perceivers getting the short end of the stick in many typical job environments. And, I agree, people would probably lie.

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    Unknown Personality

    I dislike those tests very much. I've taken them before and if I answered those questions the way I answered questions on the MBTI I would never be hired.

    One of the questions asked was, "Do you like to spend time alone?" My honest answer was 'yes'. I was applying for a cashier position, so that probably wasn't a wise answer. On many questions, they were clearly trying to determine whether the person applying was an introvert or an extrovert. Obviously extroverts were preferable for the job. I didn't get the job, but I can't say my answers were necessarily the reason; they may have had something to do with it, but I'll never know for sure.

    The MBTI and tests like it should never be used to decide whether someone is qualified for a particular job. Like you said, it's very easy for people to determine how they're supposed to answer the questions, so it's pointless for determining someone's personality. Aside from that, it's very discriminatory to assume that someone of a certain type is less qualified for a job than another type. I'm sure there are many introverts working in the positions I have applied for, but on the applications, they're trying to weed them out because they believe extroverts are favorable for those jobs.

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    ISTJ - The Duty Fulfillers

    yeah, very stupid questions. even though I'm an introvert, I know that I will need to spend time with people at that job and I will adapt. otherwise I wouldn't bother applying! in fact, I'll do almost anything they want at the job as long as they pay me enough.


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