Workplace Personality Tests – Are They a Scam?

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What if I asked you to describe yourself in three words? You might say, “smart, responsible, and caring”. What if I then produced a “predictive” report saying something about you like: “At work, you are likely to be a good problem-solver (smart) who can be counted on to follow-through on your commitments (responsible), while also attending to […]

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How Social Media Sways Hiring Decisions

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Companies often do internet searches on job candidates, and consider what they find on social media when making hiring decisions.  For example: “The candidate had a great resume and interviewed well, but Human Resources was concerned about his Twitter comments, so we didn’t hire him.” As a Business Psychologist specializing in assessing candidates, I advocate […]

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How to Recognize Weaponized Feedback

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Constructive feedback is helpful to the person it’s given to.  It can be positive feedback (e.g., “You’re doing a great job”) or negative feedback (e.g., “Here’s how you can do a better job…”). In contrast, weaponized feedback is harmful to the person it’s given to, and it can be used to exploit them.  Worse, weaponized […]

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