I failed the interview personality test/survey! - page 5

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   nightnurse47
    Ha! I'm loving this too...sex with a squirrel, what will they think of next?
    I am changing jobs after 15 years because of a new manager who thinks management by threats is the new way to go....so to express my lack of amusement to be working for the gestapo, I am merrily on my way to manage another unit.
    It is a good thing I didn't have to take a personality test for that! I'd have to say the customer service in this paradigm is lacking from the habits of effective people who lie on personality tests... (and I'd have to tell them about the squirrels!):wink2:
    Take heart all, the pendulum will swing again, but the lunatics will most likely always be running the asylum!
  2. by   Selke
    Do NPs, APRNs, CNMs, and PAs have to take these stupid tests? Or are they reserved for us special rank and file RNs?

    What answers and personality traits do you think they're looking for: submission to authority? Wilingness to take crap without question? Easily intimidated people? Those who won't want leadership positions or seek to be a change agent? Someone relatively passive who won't rock the boat? Willingness to blame oneself for mistakes instead of looking for a systems problem?

    I can't wrap my head around the "sex with a squirrel" question. This says everything about whichever perv came up with that question than anything else. -- But, a SQUIRREL??? Truly the inmates are running the asylum. Inappropriate for an employment office.

    I've walked out of HR depts when they pull out those idiotic tests. I'm glad I haven't seen one in a while ...
  3. by   JessicRN
    I had to do one to become a prison nurse. One question was have you ever taken office equipment home. I raised my hand and asked if pens count. The officer (person watching us) said with a smirk it should be yes but I will say no. I answered no then handed in the test and signed on a sheet of paper my name and address and proceeded to walk out of the room. As I was leaving the officer smirked and said "are you planning on giving back my pen". :uhoh21: I turned deep red and was mortified. I just turned to him and said "yep that's me cleptomaniac Jess thank god I asked". :smackingf I got the job anyway
  4. by   erichRN
    Should be in the humor category. It is absolutely correct that they did you a favor by not hiring you. There are plenty of places to work where they actually want you to take care of patients more than they want you to jump through hoops.
  5. by   EmerNurse
    What answers and personality traits do you think they're looking for: submission to authority? Wilingness to take crap without question? Easily intimidated people? Those who won't want leadership positions or seek to be a change agent? Someone relatively passive who won't rock the boat? Willingness to blame oneself for mistakes instead of looking for a systems problem?[/quote]

    How bout a Glasgow of 4,6,1 (eyes open, obeys all commands, NO verbal response)?
  6. by   tencat
    [QUOTE
    How bout a Glasgow of 4,6,1 (eyes open, obeys all commands, NO verbal response)?[/QUOTE]



    Hey, we have a new 'personality test'. The Glascow! Cheap and easy to use....management should love it.....
  7. by   aggieamy5
    Hi. I have a MA in Clinical Psyc. and have been trained in administering personality tests such as the MMPI-2, etc. There are usually questions built into these types of tests to determine reliability and validilty of responses. For example, these tests usually contain questions like "I have never stolen anything" or "I never lie." These are to determine social desirability, etc. Even if one had never stolen anything (which I haven't) they are looking for you to put "false" because supposedly almost everyone has stolen something in their lives before (i.e. a pack of gum at age 6). Some of these kinds of questions are very obvious (like the lying one, but others are much more subtle). When people endorse too many of these types of items (or answer similar items in an inconsitent manner), this is supposed to raise a "red flag" that the person is not responding honestly or is trying to endorse their responses in a particular way. Often times personality tests do not really seem to work for hiring/interviewing purposes, but they can be very helpful for those with mental illnesses or those trying to malinger a psychiatric disorder.
  8. by   oldshoes
    Gawd, I hate those things. I don't think the test is really about the sated questions at all, but rather about your ability to figure out what answer the employer wants you to give. And anyone can figure out what answer would be considered "right" and just go ahead and give that answer, rather than the truth. I don't think they're a very good indicator of how a person would handle anything.
  9. by   twotrees2
    Quote from LenaRN06
    I had no idea some places used personality tests. From what I learned in my leadership class last semester, especially the Myers Briggs test, I thought it was illegal to use personality tests in order to determine whether the applicant should be hired or not. I don't know..it may just be me, but I'd love to hear more responses from others.

    dont think they are so much "personality " tests as they are "moral" tests - often the questions gear toward theft, customer service ( wht you would do in a difficult type situation ) etc., rolled into a few nonsense questions - just my opinion - by the way if you read the questions real close they will ask you the same question in 2 different wasy to see if you are telling the truth - often these trap questions will trip you up so its best to answrer honestly on them.
  10. by   mizfradd
    Quote from mvanz9999
    The same is true for me. Except in Chicago. Actually I DID fail their personality test. What I was told is that they take your scores, compare it to the scores of currently working police officers, and based on your closeness to that, you pass/fail. Based on the number of questions, I have no idea what they are looking for. No joke: One question was if I fantasized about having sex with a squirrel.

    It's a complete joke. I wouldn't put any faith in the test. I think it's likely that you DID do yourself a favor by "not passing". You'd only be miserable there.

    WTH?!! :roll :roll
  11. by   Medic/Nurse
    wow!
    but, it is what it is.


    cooperate to graduate

    cooperate to placate

    yep, thats what matters!

    [font="comic sans ms"]where am i?

    and

    why am i in this handbasket?


    stay safe!
  12. by   Batman24
    If they asked me if I ever had sex with a squirrel I would run not walk from the interview. lol
  13. by   TrudyRN
    Quote from augigi
    The title of this thread cracked me up.. I thought "how can you *fail* a personality test"? Don't worry about it unless you don't have one!
    Well, I think Mr. Cho must have failed his. :spin:

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