October 20, 2009 by sparktalk
I am currently negotiating with an employer who is interested in hiring me but wants me to take a Myers Briggs or similar test before he hires me to make sure I am what he is looking for. I have read that it is considered unethical and possibly illegal to use these types of tests as a basis to hire someone. I don’t mind taking it but don’t what to be defined by what the test shows as I don’t believe these tests are 100% accurate. What should I do?
Typically employers do not base hiring decisions on test results. However, many do find personality and other tests to be a useful hiring tool. The main concern is whether or not the test and what it is measuring are related to the job for which you are being considered. Another concern is whether or not the administrator is credentialed to administer and score the test.
In all likelihood, the employer would not ask you to submit to the test if he or she did not want to hire you. And, the company most likely has set up this process to avoid costly training of employees who were not well suited for the job. Myers Briggs is a commonly administered pre-employment test.
The bottom line is, if you want the job – take the test!
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