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Old 04-01-2019, 06:04 AM
 
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Iíve been through two rounds of interviews for a data Analyst type time role and they said the next step is to sit down with a psychologist to ask me all types of work and personal questions. I already did an online assessment too. I understand having to do this for law enforcement, pilots, medical roles etc, but a corporate analyst position? They said they would ask me about my childhood, parents etc. Perhaps Iím out of line, but that seems like a major invasion of my privacy. Iíve worked for several major corporations and have never heard of having to do this. Have you done this for a job that would pay $60-70K at a corporation? Iím withdrawing my application today.
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Old 04-01-2019, 06:54 AM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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I have never experienced this, nor used it in hiring people. When they do, it's to determine whether or not you possess qualities that are difficult to tech and develop, such as extroversion, self-motivation, agreeableness, emotional stability, and interpersonal skills. If those are extremely important to the employer, I can see them using a psychologist. On the other hand, it may just be one more tool used to reduce the numbers of applicants. People like you drop out and they have fewer interviews to do. Employers want to hire people that want to work there, and obviously you didn't want their job that badly or would do what they asked.
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Old 04-01-2019, 07:06 AM
 
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I have never experienced this, nor used it in hiring people. When they do, it's to determine whether or not you possess qualities that are difficult to tech and develop, such as extroversion, self-motivation, agreeableness, emotional stability, and interpersonal skills. If those are extremely important to the employer, I can see them using a psychologist. On the other hand, it may just be one more tool used to reduce the numbers of applicants. People like you drop out and they have fewer interviews to do. Employers want to hire people that want to work there, and obviously you didn't want their job that badly or would do what they asked.
True...but I have already been through 1 phone and 2 extentisive in person interviews. I am one of two final candidates. I was ready to accept an offer until they revealed this as part of the process. I just donít believe itís necessary for this type of position and see it as an invasion of privacy. As I mentioned, Iíve worked for some of the most respected employers in my city and Iíve never heard of this before unless itís a job such as law enforcement, government, or the medical field. I had no problem with the online psychological assessment....but sitting down in person to ask me questions about my personal life is taking it a bit too far.
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Old 04-01-2019, 07:52 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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It's crazy but if you need and/or want the job you should play by their rules.
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Old 04-01-2019, 08:08 AM
 
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It's crazy but if you need and/or want the job you should play by their rules.
Iím lucky in that I donít need the job. They approached me. I was intrigued by the role and interested, but not if they require this. I just wanted to see how common this is in the corporate world since Iíve never seen it before.
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Old 04-01-2019, 08:52 AM
 
Location: Mars City
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...they said the next step is to sit down with a psychologist to ask me all types of work and personal questions. I already did an online assessment too. ...They said they would ask me about my childhood, parents etc. ....I’m withdrawing my application today.
Good call. Best to run from this type of insanity. If people succumb, it will only mean more of this nonsense, and conditions worse for all. Some companies do go beyond commonly-accepted boundaries, and do take advantage of people.

There's a difference between being flexible and working on their terms, and compromising and bending over corporate-rape style.
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Old 04-01-2019, 09:21 AM
 
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Danger...

Danger will robinson!
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Old 04-01-2019, 09:44 AM
 
Location: Chicago area
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Big red flag. The junk science psychometric exams are bad enough to actually send candidates to a shrink is way over the line. It is also kind of pointless, since there is no expectation of privacy with said psychologist noone is going to open up to them. Always amazed at how such stupid people become major decision makers at companies.
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Old 04-01-2019, 09:58 AM
 
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Big red flag. The junk science psychometric exams are bad enough to actually send candidates to a shrink is way over the line. It is also kind of pointless, since there is no expectation of privacy with said psychologist noone is going to open up to them. Always amazed at how such stupid people become major decision makers at companies.
Glad Iím not the only one that thinks this is weird and over the line.
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Old 04-01-2019, 10:05 AM
 
Location: Mars City
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That approach is not only questionable, but the results can misinterpreted. It adds a layer of suspect interpretation that will not be challenged or reviewed by others. You can be left with a questionable "gatekeeper".

I've encountered my share of online examinations, also guarded by such gatekeepers, coming to conclusions that have no basis in reality as to my personality, skills, and motivations. To be blunt, they got "it very wrong".

The more companies believe in and want to use the latest tricks of the trade, the more likely they will misstep. Better to go with time-tested and traditional approaches.
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