MR WRONG: Personality crisis.


MR WRONG: Personality crisis.

MR WRONG: Quiz: How Badly Do You Want This Job?

I SWEAR THIS is the last time I am going to complain about not having a Day Job, and I’m not even really complaining about it right this minute, but there are a lotta new faces around here, and I gotta assume that you might possibly be reading the Mr. Wrong column for the first time ever, so thank you, and please don’t go, and in my Capacity as a Professional Columnist (i.e. that I Gets Paid to type my Columns) I gotta set this up so that you understand I am looking for work, OK?

OK! Being an Underemployed American means I am spending a lotta time thinking about Jobs and looking at listings for Jobs and applying for Jobs, and yesterday I applied for this one at kind of a big Company, and I figured they might have some sort of fun/not fun bespoke applicant-winnowing thing going on, gold from dross-wise, and I’m not trying to be all gassed-up and tell you I am Gold, but I ain’t dross, see? Anyway, just saying, I figured there might be some sorta Special gimmick when I applied at this place.

The application was pretty typical, there’s a thing where you can choose to enter all your Information yourself, or you can click a thing (apologies for being so technical) to have an Artificial Intellect scan your resume and poop poop poop it into all the little info-fields, and then you go through and fix all the spots that glitched, no big deal, I fixed all the glitches, and at this point I don’t even get mad that I gotta attach a resume document and then also make sure most of the resume is re-gurged into the little boxes on the web site, it’s fine, I mean, it’s not fine, and I get mad about it, but not like I used to, because who am I going to discuss this with, right? These are the hoops!

I jumped ’em, the hoops, and then came the Gimmick part! I forget what they called it, but it was basically a bunch of questions with photos illustrating the questions, and you had your choice of two answers. The instructions were like “Don’t worry, not a big deal, just answer fast and be honest and everything will be all right, there are no mistakes, let’s go.” Har! Yeah, sure, this the real application, the application for my application, right? If the answers go a certain way, the application goes a certain way, I get it!

I got kinda excited, I mean, now it’s kind of a game, eh? So I answered a buncha questions, and some of ’em were puzzlers, but basically it was like, do you like to hang out with people or do you sit all by your onesies and look at your phone? Are you a perfectionist? Do you clean up after yourself at work, and then do you clean after some other slobs at work even though it’s not your job? I got this shit down to a science, taking tests and answering questions. I love a good quiz!

So the fun part is after the Machine eats your application, you get the results of your test. Here is an image from the test:

Now, I am in some disagreements with this chart. I think I manage Pressure really well, and I also think I am somebody who engages with people when it is appropriate, so I am a little bit offended, let’s call it Medium-offended, to be found as less-than in Emotional Stability and Engaging with People. I’m a goddamn People Person, I tell you!

The quiz also named me as a certain type of Personality. I don’t know all the types, but it’s weird that I got the tag ”Mentor” while I don’t engage with people, or I only Medium-engage? How you gonna mentor without Large or Full-size engaging?

Here’s a quiz for you, what kinda job do you think this whole schmear was in aid of? You get two choices:

  1. Creative director/graphic artist
  2. Dishwasher

The answer will be posted in next week’s Mr. Wrong column! New readers who made it this far, thank you for reading, and please do not think I did this to trick you into reading next week. Here’s a clue for the quiz: Do you think the place is a Union shop?

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