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Jasen
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Has anyone ever gone out for a job interview and taken a mandatory personality test? ….for a job of an artist. If so, what is your thoughts about this.

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Thomas
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No, nothing like what you've just described. But it is a fair bet that any interview you go to is in part, exactly that.

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Jasen
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Here’s more information on what was on the test, it was a list of 40 or so adjectives and you were told to check box the ones that you thought would be a good way for managers to manage you or how you’d like to be managed.

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tstevens
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I think Thomas is right: an interview is essentially a personality test. However, there are some people who can skate through an interview only to end up being major problems. This is where an employer will use a personality test to try and reveal how a person might feel under the surface. I personally hate this kind of stuff. Tests like this are written by the same kind of people who write survey questions for political campaigns and they usually design the questions for Yes or No answers. You get stuff like this, "How many pens have you taken home from the office in the last year?" And then ten questions later you get, "Have you ever stolen property from your employer?" If you answer the first question with anything other than "0" and then answer the second question with NO, you appear to be giving contradictory answers. From an analytical point of view that is a red flag. Ironically, those who tend to do the best on personality tests are often the ones with the most to hide!

When it comes down to it most companies will hire people based on two key criteria - ability and enthusiasm. In an ideal world you look for people who have both and you want to avoid people who have neither. It sounds overly simplistic but it really does come down to that. The only exception is when you need to work with someone who has a talent you can't find anywhere else. But let's face it - everyone can be replaced.

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Thomas
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Well now, that is different. In all the jobs I've interviewed for the past few years, that is one of the stranger requests from a prospective employer.

It sounds like they may be trying to pair you with a specific lead or director.

I suppose it is up to you. Is the job worth it to jump through those hoops? If so then I would say bite the bullet and just take the test. You could ask them why they find it necessary to do this thing, rather than basing their decision on the merit of your work.

Otherwise tell the interviewer that you refuse.

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toonedbob
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Wow Jasen you interviewed at NeoPets too!
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Jasen
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Here is one thing that I thought was interesting, this Personality Test is given and scored by an outside company, that charges for their service for scoring & returning the test with the presumption of intellectual men with lap coats and surgical mask mixing the test in various chemicals with sophisticated equipment to get the result. (Sarcasm)

There are some companies that pay for things that just muddy up the water then really help. For example, if you called an attorney and asked him a question about anything he will make it sound that his service is indubitably required & [conveniently for the attorney a payday] rather then if the two people taking care of it on there own.

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Jasen
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And ToonBob I know what you are talking about (it's not NeoPets) I worked there back in 1999 and that was the whispering buzz when I got the job... "Did you have to take that strange L.Ron Hubbard Test too???"

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Chris Roman
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I actually did some animation work for Scientology back in the early 90's before I knew much about them. Mostly cheap effects work of electricity surrounding a guy. Thankfully I did NOT have to take their personality test to do it!
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Jasen
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I’m not sure if a young artist would question the interview process but I did. When I brought up my concern about this Personality Test and the formal/firm questions, the employer was mildly defensive & seemed to protect the issue… but I pressed him later on a phone call later saying, what happens when a candidate is just answering the questions as they “THINK” the employer wants to see. There for isn’t the test results flawed? If the person is kinda flubbing / adjusting his answers to make him/her look a certain way? His answer was, “They are suppose to factor this issue into the test results”

- Once again, this is a test for an artist -

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Floyd Bishop
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I would think all you would have to do would be to show your portfolio. Any one of your character designs have enough personality to pass any test there is.

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Jasen
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Floyd, I was told that I did not show any background art in my portfolio, there for I might concider doing so.
(I admit I don't have much background art but only do this when clients ask for it)

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quote:
Here is one thing that I thought was interesting, this Personality Test is given and scored by an outside company, that charges for their service for scoring & returning the test
It's probably not easy to find this out, but... does anyone at the studio working in an executive capacity have some financial interest in the testing company? Any results may be irrelevant if that's the case.
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Jasen
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On a side note this job is for kids products (a competitor of Mattel's etc) Characters and BG behind the characters is the type of artwork we are talking about. I don’t mind not getting the job but I do want more places for artists to work in. And don’t want these people to loose people that are clearly qualified.

I’m considering passing this thread to the employers, although I might come off as being bitter (that’s not the case) just concerned that’s all. What do you think about this?
They seem like good people.

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Jasen
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also I don't think they are into Scientology (but could be wrong.)
(this job is in the midwest)

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OFFBEAT
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Here's what the personality test should be..

1. Will you do what we say in exchange for money?
___ yes ____ no

End of f-ing test.

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OFFBEAT
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I might have a bad personality.. but I would write "See other side" at the bottom of the test, and then on the other side would write the following..

Hey corporate retards!

I make art. I need money.
You need art.. to make money.

Let's quit the bullsh*t and exchange art and money.
End of f-cking conversation.

Hugs and kisses-
Jasen Strong
(I tell them my real name after I get the job. If I don't, Jasen gets the bum wrap)

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Tobias A. Wolf
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A personality test seems like a foolish thing.

What may be more conducive is to ask for an influences section of a demo reel or portfolio. If you had to put the work of Alex Ross, Dennis Murren, Milt Kahl, Van Gogh, or any other greats (whoever you consider them to be), and have your work stand next to theirs or even surpass it in terms of goals; I think a lot of portfolios would be improved.

Your always competing against the greats of the 5000 year plus history of art, whether you acknowledge it in your portfolio or not.

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pud
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quote:
OFFBEAT: Here's what the personality test should be..
1. Will you do what we say in exchange for money?
___ yes ____ no
End of f-ing test.

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Ok.. that made me laugh [funny]

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OFFBEAT
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quote:
Ok.. that made me laugh [funny]
Finally! I made someone laugh around here!
Now I can retire from AN.

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