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Guest column from our friend Tom Mulligan of Sandler Training by Coffman Group.
I applied for a job and they made me take a test.
I passed it, I think…
Lots of people apply to jobs everyday. Many–if not most–find themselves taking some type of personality profile test or questionnaire. In trying to pass the test, many fail.
What’s going on? Personality profiles cannot be passed. Nor can they be failed. But they can have that effect on getting the job.
Think of the time you applied for a job you really wanted. You got dressed in your best clothes, made sure your resume and references were in the best shape they can be, got yourself on your best behavior and proceeded to psyche yourself up for the win. You sparkled.
That’s where it started to go wrong.
When we meet people who are interviewing us for a job, the first thing we recognize is that they have a job in the company we are applying for. They are the type of people who have “won”. Since we are doing our best, thinking on our feet and conquering the moment, we may use this as a model for how to get an edge. In doing our best, we are hurting our chances.
Many HR people and hiring managers consider DISC one of the leading methodologies for profiling. Like all others, the intent is not just to find out about you but to make a judgment about how the job matches you. Certified DISC profilers can detect attempts to “push” the results. Some is expected. Lot’s of “push” is a disqualifier.
Unless you are applying for a job as a hiring manager, you may be mirroring the wrong behavior. It may seem incredible, but you may be disqualifying yourself.
Last (and worst) mistake.
It might work. You’ll get the job and in short order find yourself miserable. So you look for another on
e, and then another. Each time your sparkle fades. You have become a job hopper.
Ask yourself: where is your posture in an interview? Are you convinced that you are right for the job? If so, have the courage to relax. Let the profile help you by allowing it to work.
You just might sparkle enough as it is.