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Yet another personality test entry

Was wondering what your thoughts were on the following questions:

I hate to lose in a contest--If I agree am I ultra-competitive? If I disagree does that mean I'm unambitious/lazy?

In most cases it is important to get what you want--If I agree does that mean that I'm selfish/that I'll use underhanded methods (which I'm assuming is bad)? If I disagree does that mean I'm unambitious and lazy?

I have often found it necessary to fight for what I believe to be right--Doesn't this depend on what I actually believe is right? What if I believe in something commonly considered to be morally repulsive/sheer idiocy? And what counts as fighting for what I believe to be right, anyway? Voting? Volunteering for a candidate? Monopolizing every single conversation with obnoxious blathering about why people who disagree with me are wrong?

I speak out in meetings to oppose those whom I feel are wrong--I'm pretty sure this one is a yes, but it just seems like really strong language to me. Like I speak out with the goal to crush the other person or something.

I get things done in a hurry--Hurry as in at a good quick pace, or hurry as in careless and overlooking important things for the sake of getting the job done by a given time?

If anyone steps in front of me in line, he or she is likely to hear from me about it--If I agree, does that mean I'm temperamental and can't let the small stuff go? If I disagree, does that mean I'm a wimp who won't stand up for myself?

I often get frustrated at the lack of responsibility of some people--If I agree does that mean I'm temperamental and I'm going to get irritated easily? If I disagree does that mean I'll let things go (like missing shifts or coming late or not following procedure) that shouldn't be let go? This one actually seems negative enough that I think the answer should probably be no, but I'm just not sure enough. :(

The options are strongly agree/disagree, agree/disagree, and neither agree nor disagree, and I've assumed that they just want people who feel strongly. I'm probably seriously overthinking things, but I'm actually stumped for most of these because I can't seem to get into their heads to figure out which interpretation of the statement they're actually going for. Anyone have any thoughts?


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Dec. 8th, 2009 06:03 am (UTC)
See, this is why I hate these things so much. It seems you're going to pick a wrong answer no matter what.
Dec. 8th, 2009 06:28 am (UTC)
Yeah, seriously. I'm happy to tell them what they want to hear, but first I have to figure out what they're actually asking. Sometimes it's easy, other times...well, this isn't the first post on the subject in this community and I'm sure it won't be the last. :P
Dec. 9th, 2009 12:58 am (UTC)
Well I'd answer these questions differently if I were going for a manager position than if I were going for a clerk position.

Manager: I'd answer more strictly, to the extreme in all.
Reason: One of the most successful managers in a retail chain worked for over about 22 months was almost unbearably type A. She would do the most obnoxious option of all the above questions.

Clerk: Almost strict, on all the above questions.
Reason: What can I say? it translates as a smaller risk to hire a person who seems, on paper, to be a rules obsessed person with manager ambition.

EXCEPT: The question about speaking up in a meeting. I would answer a "disagree" for that, because there are many times when speaking out in a meeting is seen as insubordination.

o crap....maybe i'm not helping. i'm sorry :/
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