Testing times

I just took an online test - similar to the infamous Myers-Briggs test so much loved by HR departments. The result is as follows:

ESTP - "Promoter". Action! When present, things begin to happen. Fiercely competitive. Entrepreneur. Often uses shock effect to get attention. Negotiator par excellence. 4.3% of total population.
Take the Jung Personality Test yourself


These tests fascinate me. I have a client who is a change management consultant. He offers a similar proprietary tool - which he has used on me - I find it interesting how such insights can be so uncannily accurate. Or are they? Is the effect something like a horoscope? If it suits and is favourable then it is acceptable if not, it is refuted.

The only time in my working life I have been through a formal pre-employment process was at Lion Nathan. They are much admired for their HR policies. But it was charade. I flunked the rigorous mathematical tests. So I promised not to prepare their annual reports. As I had been invited to take the job of Creative Director for their online brands in New Zealand and Australia and there were no other candidates, the whole thing was quite funny.

How much of this is hocus-pocus?

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