I failed the interview personality test/survey! - page 3

I applied to a prestigious hospital as a CNA/PCT/Student nurse, and I made it to the 2nd round, which was a computerized personality test with the choices Strongly Agree, Moderately Agree, Slightly... Read More

  1. by   mrsalby
    Yeah, I wouldn't worry about the tests. My mom had to take one last year for a position she was applying for. They told her she passed it so well and was so normal and well adapted that they thought she was abnormal and sent her to a psychiatrist for evaluation before they would hire her! Get that! LOL what corporate hogwash!

    Mrsalby
  2. by   NCVegRN
    Quote from destiny5
    standardized personality tests should NEVER replace the good judgement of the interviewer.... I'ts all pretty lame.
    This is exactly what happened at one hospital here - one directly affiliated with the nursing school. They were rejecting applicants based on this test (it was a 1st screen tool! FIRST!) and the nursing director, etc wasn't even aware. Some really great people (high marks in school, wonderful clinical references, etc) never even made it to the interview. One of them has now gone up to a very prestigious hospital a little north. The nursing instructors and then nursing management got wind of it - and shut it down! The instructors were peeved because what they thought about the student meant nothing!

    The thing is, this was a new test - and they didn't test it on any existing employees to see if it really did predict people that fit into their 'culture'.
  3. by   Quailfeathers
    Heaven's I feel SO much better after reading this thread! I'm in a p/t LVN program, I have owned my own small business (x2) for 20 years and wanted a less demanding, time consuming job while in school. (I've worked as a CHHA, Gerontology Caregiver for the last 10 years.) So in I go to Long's Drug Store for their p/t cashier position. The manager is very interested and feels he can put me on the schedule without interferring with class and study time. "You just have to take this test, and we'll be all set".

    The personality test didn't even make sense to me. If you want to know something just ASK it directly, I'll be happy to answer. One questions I remember was "You are almost always on time" I thought, "how can I almost always be on time, either I'm on time, or I'm late. And I'm always on time or early to a job" So I answered Disagree Strongly. After talking with my adult sons, who told me I should have agreed with them, I knew I wasn't going to pass this "test". And sure enough, I didn't get the p/t job. A loss of a good employee to Longs!
  4. by   bethin
    Quote from chelli73
    March 2003--Interview #1 (only one) Personality Q: If a someone were to verbally attack you: you would
    1. Try to calm the person down by talking in a calm manner.
    2. Yell louder than the person.
    3. Defend yourself verbally and report it to supervisor.
    4. Stay quiet and do nothing.

    March 2006--FIRED: Reason: Argument instigated by co-worker. (I chose #3 then and now)

    I don't like personality tests.....
    There's no correct answer to that question. It depends on whether you're verbally attacked in a hallway where visitors are, the parking lot or Wal-Mart since the question doesn't state where the attack would take place.

    If it happened at work, #1,3, or 4 would be appropriate. Personally, I'd do what you did and defend myself and report it to the supervisor. Isn't that what they are there for???

    Whenever I come across a personality test I pretend I'm Mother Theresa (no joke). I answer all the questions as Mary Sunshine and I'm willing to be railroaded by my employer.

    I haven't ever flunked a personality test but sure wish I did with my current job. Yep, they expect me to be Mary Sunshine and be a doormat.
  5. by   bethin
    Quote from mrsalby
    Yeah, I wouldn't worry about the tests. My mom had to take one last year for a position she was applying for. They told her she passed it so well and was so normal and well adapted that they thought she was abnormal and sent her to a psychiatrist for evaluation before they would hire her! Get that! LOL what corporate hogwash!

    Mrsalby
    So now being normal and well adapted is abnormal? What society do we live in? Last I checked normal and well adapted people were excellent workers, helpful, nice, on time, etc. I'd be telling the employer they were abnormal for saying a normal person was abnormal.
  6. by   moodychick
    I haven't taken a personality test in many years; and, I was so surprised that you could actually fail one!!!

    Also, to Nerdtonurse: Every year I wonder what "catch phrases" management will come up with. It's terrible that someone sits in an office making BIG bucks making up these "words and phrases". They really need to be down in the trenches seeing how we live!
  7. by   P_RN
    I wish I had started a list of the buzz words I've come across in all my career. Paradigm, codependancy, consumer driven, service line, transformation, drive/driven, and even "health care" itself.
  8. by   CritterLover
    Quote from moodychick
    i haven't taken a personality test in many years; and, i was so surprised that you could actually fail one!!!




    [font="comic sans ms"]i don't think the op was talking about a myers-briggs type personality test, but more of a "how-honest-are-you" type of test.

    i took one for my first nursing job. it asks many similar questions to see how consistent you are. two questions i remember are "have you ever stolen anything from work?" and "have you ever taken office supplies home from work?" if you answer yes to one but not the other, either you are fibbing, or you don't consider taking office supplies home to be stealing. it is a test of your values. if you try too hard to beat it, you will end of coming off as a fibber (who hasn't taken home a pen?) my dad does hiring for a non-healthcare company, and he gives this test. he loves it. i think it weeds out potentially good employees. we just arn't going to agree on this one, but thats ok. i don't have to work for him. :wink2:
  9. by   Agnus
    Quote from Retired R.N.
    PeachPie,
    the only one I ever passed "with flying colors" (as one interviewer said) was the one that an oil company used to discover candidates suitable for training as dynamite handlers.
  10. by   gordonarkell
    This is very worrisome for the future. I hate to think that after having all this schooling, great grades, great employment history, great references, spotless credit, driving record, never in trouble with the law, otherwise a shinning star, etc, it all boils down to some confusing test that will get you eliminated instantly.

    I wonder what the nursing schools/instructors say about this.

    Is there anyone who has passed such a test and can give any advice?
  11. by   nerdtonurse?
    I hate to admit it, but I've passed those things for my last 2 jobs. It was / is a big thing in Information Technology.

    This is a game, folks. Imagine you're the HR director. What do you want? Quiet. Compliance. No waves. Meek idiots who will buy whatever line you feed them without question. You want to cut wages, increase hours, whatever it takes to get the execs their bonuses, these folks will buy it and be happy about it. So when I took the tests, I put on my "Human Refuse" hat and answered accordingly. Passed with flying colors every time. Told'm I just LOVED pareto charts....

    If I go for a job interview as a nurse and see this kind of stuff, I will RUN for the door. I've put in my time as a "Stepford wife"
  12. by   mvanz9999
    Quote from P_RN
    I wish I had started a list of the buzz words I've come across in all my career. Paradigm, codependancy, consumer driven, service line, transformation, drive/driven, and even "health care" itself.
    best practices
    service level agreement
    downsizing
    initiatives
    knowledge transfer
    mission critical
    paradigm
    synergistic

    Really neat and totally meaningless groups of useless words.
  13. by   Antikigirl
    To me that is actual BS and I would certainly AVOID those places like the plague!!!!!! Personality is not something you can test on, and your own views on things are your own business, it has (well should) have nothing to do with quality of care people give!

    Say I strongly agree that a pt has a right to decline a blood transfusion, however I do not agree that a parent can do that to their child if it is a life threatening situation! Given a situation where a child was ordered for a blood transfusion and the parents declined...I would NOT give it and communicate this need to all the displines I needed to. Just because I feel that the parents don't have that right doesn't mean I will go with my own feelings...it is not my choice! I go with the patients choice/parents choice if it is a minor, and illicit help and try to find out why so I can assess for underlying causes for such a choice! I do NOT put my two cents in...again, not my choice to make!

    Would I fail a test...that one perhaps but No, because ultimately it is situational based and I always follow the rules and protocols and leave my own personal choices at the door when I walk in!!!!

    If I heard a hospital used these tests, I would not only NOT apply, but would NOT be a pt there! They should be doing diversity training instead of this BS! (diversity doesn't just mean race/creed/color but the differences in all peoples and to learn different thoughts and ideas!).

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