Re: Another bogus personality test

Subject: Re: Another bogus personality test
From: Lauren <lauren -at- writeco -dot- net>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Mon, 22 Oct 2012 13:43:25 -0700

On 10/22/2012 1:19 PM, Dan Goldstein wrote:

If a person tends to be calm and unemotional under stress, then
selecting any of the four choices below isn't "taking a side." It's just
giving a wrong answer. But I think you're suggesting that the test was
badly designed, and we certainly agree on that!

Quite the contrary, I think the test was very well-designed to measure a range of people for a range of preferences in work style.

If your company manufactures precision instruments or incendiary devices, then you will definitely want someone who becomes "very frustrated when things move too quickly" while you definitely want to avoid someone who gets "very impatient when things move too slowly."

If you are staffing assembly line work or any position that has quotas, but still maintains quality control, then you will probably want someone who is "somewhat impatient when things move too slowly," but definitely not someone with any aversion when "things move too quickly."

A person in a management position should probably be "very impatient when things move too slowly."

Developers should probably be "somewhat frustrated when things move too quickly," yet other questions in the test should determine levels of tolerance for frustration.

A technical writer who must coordinate meetings around the schedules of others should probably never select an answer with "impatient," since patience is necessary skill in that circumstance.



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