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Tue Jan 15, 2013, 05:52 PM

Do you dislike the unknown?

I was helping a friend apply online for a job at a big-box and, yes, they asked The Question.

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Reply Do you dislike the unknown? (Original post)
dogknob Jan 2013 OP
RKP5637 Jan 2013 #1
Warpy Jan 2013 #18
RKP5637 Jan 2013 #20
Cirque du So-What Jan 2013 #2
Wait Wut Jan 2013 #7
jberryhill Jan 2013 #14
RKP5637 Jan 2013 #16
Wait Wut Jan 2013 #17
Lint Head Jan 2013 #3
Brother Buzz Jan 2013 #9
Wait Wut Jan 2013 #4
Fumesucker Jan 2013 #5
dogknob Jan 2013 #6
Fumesucker Jan 2013 #10
dogknob Jan 2013 #12
RKP5637 Jan 2013 #19
kenny blankenship Jan 2013 #8
RebelOne Jan 2013 #11
Louisiana1976 Jan 2013 #13
WinkyDink Jan 2013 #15
RKP5637 Jan 2013 #21
TwilightGardener Jan 2013 #22

Response to dogknob (Original post)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 05:54 PM

1. I love the unknown ... probably a negative at a big box store with a highly

systematic process. I think ...

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Response to RKP5637 (Reply #1)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 06:38 PM

18. Same here, but it made me a good nurse.

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Response to Warpy (Reply #18)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 06:44 PM

20. Yep! I can see why that would be very important! n/t

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Response to dogknob (Original post)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 05:58 PM

2. I'm not a psychologist

but the way I interpret it, the ones administering this test would prefer to see candidates disagree with the question. After all, taking on a new job is in a sense 'the unknown,' so it reflects negatively on someone who doesn't like the task of adjusting to new situations.

Just my 2 cents.

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Response to Cirque du So-What (Reply #2)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 06:05 PM

7. Ah...but I think differently!

I would see a candidate's 'disagree' as irrational. To fear the unknown is to embrace exploration. To conquer the unknown. I hate change...enough that it can make me physically ill. To counter that, when faced with change, I will find a way to creatively weave it into my regular routine. It is then no longer 'unknown', but familiar and I have learned something new.

If I tell two candidates to head into a pitch black cave after telling them there 'could' be vicious animals or 'might' be bottomless pits, I'll pick the one that doesn't go rushing in. Unless, of course, the other goes running in the opposite direction. My hope would be that one would choose to ask me for a flashlight.

So there.

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Response to Wait Wut (Reply #7)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 06:22 PM

14. Flashlight? Aisle Five


How'd I do?

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #14)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 06:30 PM

16. +1, n/t

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #14)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 06:35 PM

17. You are so friggin' hired.

I see management potential!

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Response to dogknob (Original post)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 05:58 PM

3. Known knows and unknown knowns.

There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we know we don't know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we don't know we don't know.
Donald Rumsfeld

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Response to Lint Head (Reply #3)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 06:07 PM

9. Oh, Snap!

GMTA

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Response to dogknob (Original post)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 05:59 PM

4. Too many variables to answer.

I'd throw a mini-fit if someone asked me that on an application and demand space to write an essay.

Tell your friend I'm sorry that he/she is being put through such a ridiculous process in order to work at Lowe's. Unless, of course, they're interviewing to fill the position of company seer.

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Response to dogknob (Original post)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 06:01 PM

5. These types of tests as I understand it are looking for internal consistency within your answers

I'm not sure there is any "right" or "wrong" answer to any particular question but the entire pattern of answers is what is analyzed.

Kind of like some online MBTI tests I've taken.

http://www.humanmetrics.com/cgi-win/jtypes2.asp

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Response to Fumesucker (Reply #5)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 06:05 PM

6. Aside from that question... yes it was pretty much the cop routine...

...asking the same questions a half-dozen times, worded differently.

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Response to dogknob (Reply #6)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 06:10 PM

10. You can tell a lot about people from the way they answer things like that if you have enough answers

There are personality types that are less or more likely to do well in particular situations.

Try the test I linked to in my first reply, I was surprised at how well it indicated my own personality.

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Response to Fumesucker (Reply #10)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 06:14 PM

12. My friend was so intimidated by having to use a computer; the whole thing took 3 hours...

...I am quite done, thank you very much.

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Response to Fumesucker (Reply #5)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 06:39 PM

19. Did it - Interesting! About right to me.

You have marginal or no preference of Extraversion over Introversion (1%)
You have moderate preference of Intuition over Sensing (50%)
You have moderate preference of Feeling over Thinking (25%)
You have slight preference of Judging over Perceiving (11%)

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Response to dogknob (Original post)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 06:06 PM

8. Well, I got a call today on my cellphone from "Unknown Number"

and I didn't accept it. So I guess you could say I don't accept the Unknown. If on the other hand, the Unknown was properly introduced first, instead of accosting me while I was driving, then I might like it. But since it chose to be impatient and rude, I guess we'll never know about that.

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Response to kenny blankenship (Reply #8)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 06:10 PM

11. That type of "unknown" I do not like,

and never answer unknown numbers.

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Response to dogknob (Original post)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 06:20 PM

13. Depends on what the unknown is.

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Response to dogknob (Original post)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 06:27 PM

15. Yes. I dislike being ignorant. I dislike unsolved mysteries. I dislike unearthed treasures.

THIS IS A *GD* DUMB QUESTION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Response to WinkyDink (Reply #15)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 06:46 PM

21. LOL!!! I bet you didn't know the right answer!

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Response to dogknob (Original post)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 06:54 PM

22. I prefer the Superunknown.

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