Do You Hate People?

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I don’t know why, but I just followed several Google ads and landed on the Princeton Review Career Quiz. So I took the quiz and answered questions like —

  • Would you rather be a wildlife expert or a TV news anchor?
  • Can you express your opinion easily or were you emotional traumatized by a mean & narcissistic parent?

Good grief. I hate these one-size-fits-all quizzes because it feels as if I am reading my horoscope in the back of Seventeen Magazine. I can’t believe that anyone over the age of 16 would take a quiz and make important life decisions based on the results.

Then again, have you taken a personality quiz at work?

  • Answer these sixteen questions to learn about your team type.
  • Plot your feelings on this chart and you’ll learn your conflict style.
  • Pick four colors to learn how you best express sadness.
  • Answer these five questions to learn if you prefer chicken or tuna.

Many businesses make illogical assumptions about your capabilities based on how you score on personality tests. There’s MBTI, color profiles, the wheel of personality, 16 Personality Factors, and a whole host of other bullshit questionnaires that are neither reliable nor valid. As a human resources professional, I personally objected to MBTI training and called it a waste of time. My manager wasn’t pleased and suggested that I needed to lead my clients through MBTI exercises so I could coach them and tell them who they are & how they needed to change in order to be a more successful team.

Ugh. Let me tell you who you are after I take a quiz and someone tells me who I am.

So what did I learn about myself from The Princeton Review Quiz? First of all, I learned that my Interest Color is blue.

People with blue interests like job responsibilities and occupations that involve creative, humanistic, thoughtful, and quiet types of activities. Blue Interests include abstracting, theorizing, designing, writing, reflecting, and originating, which often lead to work in editing, teaching, composing, inventing, mediating, clergy, and writing.

That’s all true, but it kind of feels like bullshit. Let’s read on.

My Usual Style is red:

People with red styles prefer to perform their job responsibilities in a manner that is action-oriented and practical. They prefer to work where things happen quickly and results are seen immediately. People with red styles tend to be straightforward, assertive, logical, personable, authoritative, friendly, direct, and resourceful, and usually thrive in a self-structured, high-pressured, hierarchical, production-oriented, competitive environment. You will want to choose a work environment or career path in which your style is welcomed and produces results.

Wow. Amazing. This quiz really gets me!

For reals, this is a bunch of nonsense. Who likes to work in a style that isn’t practical? Do you enjoy working in an environment that is a total clusterfuck? Do you like chaos for the sake of chaos? Are you someone who loves bureaucracy? Do you like to work hard for years without seeing results?

I don’t know about you, but I’m staying away from on-line personality tests and work-related, faux-psychological examinations of my personality. Listen up, bossman: if I want my parachute analyzed for its color, I’ll skip the quiz and schedule an appointment with a professional counselor.

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