My interview for the job that shall not be named was interesting on many different levels, but one of those levels was the DISC personality test I was given. Maybe my job career thus far has been old school, but I’d never been asked to take a personality test for a job before. The one they had me take was the DISC profile, which as explained by Wikipedia:
DISC is a behaviour assessment tool based on the DISC theory of psychologist William Marston. Marston’s theory centers on four different personality traits: Dominance, Inducement, Submission, and Compliance.
Really, it wasn’t an awful idea in theory… until I saw the test. With a format like the SAT, it was pages upon pages and pages of questions about what I would do in different work and social situations. Some of the questions were no brainers, and others seem pointed that there was a “right” answer (even though I was explicitly told there were no wrong answers) and I choose what my hopefully future boss might like best. Twenty minutes later I finished this test, and they went to run my results through a machine that processes #2 lead pencils.
The majority of my interview was spent reviewing the results of my DISC test instead of my portfolio. “It’s really unusual for creative people to have these results,” the CEO said as he poured over my personality profile as if it were some strange mythical beast. I wasn’t exactly sure if that was an insult or a compliment.
Results of the DISC profile were taken well out of context of the interview though. When I started the job on my first day, the office manager helped make me a desk placard. This had my name, a photo, and my DISC results in giant letters.
“This is to help others know how best to interact with you before they approach you,” he said.
I don’t know about y’all, but the way I learn how to interact with other people is by actually interacting with them.
Some of the people who I worked with that really “drank the Koolaid” as we would say, were super enthused by these DISC profiles. It wouldn’t be uncommon to be asked what your profile was in a non-work related conversation in the break room or to hear something like, “Well I know you’re low compliance, so you aren’t going to like this…”
And just in case if you’re curious on how to interact with me in the future, I’m IDSC. I guess in the end my compliance was too low to stay working there for long, but that’s a story for another day.
Has anyone had to take a rather intense personality test for a job?