Every employers dream come true?
It’s true, here is the be all and end all for every employer, the psychometric assessment. The great secret about this, is, that there are no right or wrong answers. I’ll bet you are already interested.
Ever wonder why you have salespeople who can’t sell? Workers who can’t work? Builders who can’t build? Managers who can’t manage? Consultants who can’t consult? The list is almost endless and in fact is.
The answer is very simple. They are not suited to the job and the best way you, as an employer can solve this, is to make every prospective employee take this test. You might find you suddenly get people who are more suited, then again, you might not? After all this has been drawn up by people with better minds than your own. A very special breed of people, psychiatrists, more commonly known in laymen terms as “shrinks.”
As with all things in today’s world it makes a great deal of sense and of course due to that it has been manipulated by unscrupulous people. Sound familiar?
Well I’d like to show you how, as it pertained to me and no doubt, countless others.
Did you know that most of the top companies rated by Fortune 500 use this great ploy? Well at least 80% of them do. So follow the go getters and all the other lads, lads. Get in fast before it’s too late. Actually it never is. Has a 100% success rate, no kidding. If you can’t wangle your way around this one lads, then you shouldn’t be in business. Imagine never being wrong? Imagine never being right as well? How can one go wrong?
Simple, it’s open to abuse these days especially since the politicians got their hands on it and tried to browbeat the employers. Now if you can’t slip one of those a few bob then you shouldn’t be in business after all. Altogether now;
“there’s no business like big business,like no business, but big?”
Here is my story.
My psychometric assessment.
Having being a former owner most of my life on large commercial farms, I was devastated to be fired from my farming jobs where I now live. I swore to myself that I would never work on a farm again, certainly not here. It was a great opportunity for a fresh start which I approached with gusto.
I always felt, who wouldn’t want to hire me and was soon to find out almost everyone?
This was a long, demeaning and laborious process but eventually I got an opportunity with a large American company, on a factory line, but it hinged on undergoing a “psychometric assessment.” Normally this is done by telephone, but seeing as I was profoundly deaf, it was decided that they would permit me to do this orally with one of their interviewers. How kind. It must be understood that here in Ireland, these companies are compelled to hire a proportion of disabled people whether willingly or not.
Although I have a cochlear ear implant and can hear someone talking on the telephone I find it almost impossible to ‘understand’ what they are saying. Before having this I had to undergo deep, psychiatric assessment from which I came through with flying colours. Understandably then, I was more than confident that I would pass this test, especially as there are no right or wrong answers.
The great day arrived and the questions began. Once finished, I complimented the interviewer on how well they had handled me, because people often struggle with a deaf person when first meeting them. They replied;
“that’s because my sister is deaf.”
I thought I was home and dry?
The psychometric assessment results.
It took forever to get them to reply to me. By this time I had someone whose job it was to find work for disabled people, helping me. Sitting in her office a month after doing this test (I’m an impatient man), I asked her to phone them for me. She did and one look at her face whilst she was talking to them told me, the news was not good. It wasn’t, I failed.
I was shocked and appalled, truly, crestfallen as well. My helper trying to cheer me up, said;
” Kevin, I keep on trying to tell you that you are over qualified for all these jobs that you are applying for, but you won’t listen.”
“Yes but I’m under qualified for anything else.”
Your opinions welcome.
Truly annoyed I managed to remember at least fifty of the questions they asked me and wrote them down. I then started questioning people from varying walks of life and asking them what they would have said. I concentrated heavily on my son and wouldn’t let this go (as is my way), and people find this tiresome.
One night he said to me;
” If I was you Dad, I wouldn’t worry too much about failing a test for a worker, when they know you are a leader.”
What nonsense, but it made me feel better. I felt even better when I met someone who had already been working for them for three years and they were making new adjustments to staff and had decided to let him go. He asked if he could stay and they said yes, provided he did a psychometric assessment, which he failed.
So people it’s now over to you. Please tell what you think about all this, and of course this, a type of two in one and all comments welcome.
I understand that to many Americans they are not happy with many of their great companies leaving for greener pastures. Frankly, I’m all for this from an Irish perspective because it brought in investment and made jobs available. We have the most educated workforce in the world (all evidence to the contrary notwithstanding). Here is how they sweetened the deal.
Firstly, they gave a little grant. Americans must understand that this isn’t a non-redeemable loan, or one with low interest rates. No Sir, it’s a wee, little gift, a little here you are, for which you don’t have to repay a cent. Smart hey? It could be as small as fifty seven million Euro’s, which might come in handy to get your little factory going. Coupled with a low corporate tax of 12.8%, is it any wonder they flocked here?
Sadly, although they never paid their staff minimum wage, always higher, they blamed the government for them wanting to leave, for raising the minimum wage. Of course not all the companies are doing this, but many are. They are now “migrating” to Poland with a little grant of fifty million from the Poles. Once there, they will also pay top dollar but it will be less than half of here in Ireland. Then no doubt after a couple of years they will “migrate” somewhere else leaving even more people with broken hearts and dreams.
Do you think this is right?