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Author Topic: Thomas-Jung Test  (Read 617 times)

TRexx

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Thomas-Jung Test
« on: August 23, 2005, 10:29:09 am »
I just ran into something new in the recruitment process.  I got an email from a recruiter. It was the standard "we saw your resume and you're perfect for this job blah blah blah". But  first they want me to take the "Thomas-Jung Personality test".  They pointed me to a web site where I was asked to copy down some text, twice. Once in long hand and once printed. Then fax it to them.

Anyone ever seen this before? Are they going to engage a handwriting analyst to see if I'm qualified for the job? Or maybe it's just a way to find folks so desperate that they will put up with any BS just to get a job.

If you're curious, here's the test:  www.freetjti.com/

I have no idea how they picked me.  They want someone with a degree in food science and 2-4 years experience in frozen food manufacturing.

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Re: Thomas-Jung Test
« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2005, 10:57:18 am »
I have never done this test before, but the text you are asked to copy contains errors.

Kennedy actually said: "I think this is the most extraordinary collection of talent, of human knowledge, that has ever gathered together at the White House - with the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone."

The last part of Twain's quote should be: "....between a dog and a man."

In the last paragraph, 9,000 - 75 = 8,925.

Perhaps this is part of the test?

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Re: Thomas-Jung Test
« Reply #2 on: August 23, 2005, 11:39:14 am »
This is an extension of the Myers-Briggs "type inventory" (MBTI).  Looks legitimate.  The basic technology is graphological, i. e., handwriting, analysis.  (I have a sorta app that approaches this kind of precision to MBTI.)

I question the use of this kind of testing as a pre-screening tool.  This tells me quite a bit about the recruiter or recruiting department of the employer.  Most of these tests can be fudged easily once the testee realizes what is being tested for.

I certainly wouldn't waste my time on it without being sure I was interested in the job.

I agree that the "mistakes" are deliberate to test something or other.  Another "test" is to see how desperate you are for a job, whether you will submit the test without getting more information about the job, the agency, etc.

Info about the test

A sample report  Click "Play" for a brief slide show.

Aussie

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Re: Thomas-Jung Test
« Reply #3 on: August 24, 2005, 02:40:00 am »
I remember when I went for an FTE gig with Qantas Airlines early in my IT career.  Got given a personality test there.  Also got one when I went with for the Crooter gig many years later.  I didn't the first gig, but got the latter one.  Those tests had questions like 'Do you fear earthquakes?' and 'Do you hear voices?' and the like.  They always said that you couldn't fool those tests by trying to give them the answers you thought they wanted.  Pshaw!  I gave the crooter for exactly what they wanted.  Which wasn't exactly 'me'.  Got the gig.  Those tests were not that difficult to tailor if you are consistent and can keep the various details categorised in your mind.


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Re: Thomas-Jung Test
« Reply #4 on: August 24, 2005, 05:44:35 am »
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The basic technology is graphological, i. e., handwriting, analysis.


Maybe I should have my sister take the test for me.  She's an elementary school teacher and has absolutely perfect penmanship.  :)

And no, I don't want the job.  It's for a operations manager in a frozen food plant in Houston.  No idea why they picked me.

Jeremy Singer

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« Reply #5 on: August 24, 2005, 08:28:22 am »
I fear really big earthquakes, as well as Tsunamis.  I try to avoid them as best I can.  Meteors are harder to avoid, however.
2. I hear voices frequently, mostly when people are speaking to me, and especially when the TV or radio are on.

Aussie

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Re: Thomas-Jung Test
« Reply #6 on: August 28, 2005, 09:49:55 pm »
"The basic technology is graphological, i. e., handwriting, analysis."

So how do you get classified as army material, Dino ?   Have you gotta, like, fill in the punch card with a bayonet or something ?

The Original Dinosaur

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Re: Thomas-Jung Test
« Reply #7 on: August 29, 2005, 04:53:06 am »
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So how do you get classified as army material, Dino ? Have you gotta, like, fill in the punch card with a bayonet or something ?
Under the Universal Military Training and Reserve Act (UMTRA) of 1955, a male became classified as "One-A" at age 18, and stayed that way until he proved himself unfit.  Do nothing and you were "army material". :lol

Aussie

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Re: Thomas-Jung Test
« Reply #8 on: August 29, 2005, 11:42:35 pm »
Had an uncle, reckoned those WWII-era recruiters had bi-polar disorder or something.  Before you signed up, it was 'yes, sir', 'over here, please, sir' to you.  After you signed, it was 'right, you, over there!'.