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Jack_Dawson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 01:40 PM
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What is an "Industrial Psychologist"...
and why is one of the companies I'm interviewing with making me see one? For six (6) hours???

JD
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Bunny Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 01:42 PM
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1. Employee Assistance Programs.
I know someone with a Master's in that field, and that is what they do for a living.
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Jack_Dawson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 01:46 PM
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2. But during the interviewing process...
He will be assessing if I will be a "good fit" for the company. Does that mean try not to act like Ted Bundy or Jeffrey Dahmer? Because I heard those guys acted "normal" anyway.
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Bunny Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 01:48 PM
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3. Maybe they're going to administer a battery of psychological tests?
If it's going to last for six hours, I can't imagine what else they'd be doing. To answer your question: yes, try not to act like Bundy or Dahmer. ;) Good luck.
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Oeditpus Rex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 01:56 PM
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4. They treat Industrial Disease?
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skygazer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 05:06 PM
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8. Beat me to it!
Dang!
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trof Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 03:53 PM
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5. Really heavy duty psychologist.
A lot stronger than the one you use at home.
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zanne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 05:15 PM
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9. Hey! You stole mine! nt
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Elidor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 03:58 PM
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6. A psychologist with power tools and an arc welder?


"Yes, but how do you feel about your feelings?"
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eyesroll Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 05:01 PM
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7. I had to see one before I got my last job.
It's a lot of personality testing, Meyers Briggs type stuff. True or false: I've never told a lie. I'd rather be a florist than a taxi driver. Sometimes the voices in my head tell me to kill someone.

I also had to take a writing and grammar test (OK, since my field was writing), a spatial reasoning test (OK, since I also had to do layout), and a math test (huh?). Then I interviewed with the industrial psychologist for an hour or so, more Meyers Briggs stuff (at one point, I just said: "I'm an ENTP," and he said "I'm not doing Meyers Briggs," and then he succeeded in asking more M-B stuff). It was, supposedly, to find out how I'd interact with others, how long I would last.

Complete BS, but on the upside -- if they send you to the psychologist, they want you for the job (since it's expensive, they won't just send everybody there).

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Jack_Dawson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-31-06 02:31 PM
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10. THANK you for being helpful!
:toast: What if I *have* told a lie? Am I busted?
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Boojatta Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-31-06 03:21 PM
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11. No, if you say that you have never told a lie, then you are busted.
They figure that the chance of that actually being true is small enough that it can be ignored.
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eyesroll Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-31-06 05:23 PM
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13. Nope -- everyone's told a lie.
I'd think you'd be more busted if you answered "no."
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bleedingheart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-31-06 03:24 PM
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12. the guy/gal who determines whether or not you are stable for
employment at the company.

They will also come in and tell companies who is safe to fire and who you need to change the locks for after they leave...
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Book Lover Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-31-06 05:32 PM
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14. A tool of the over-inquisitive corporation
Persoanlly, I consider them like piss tests - if you want me to undergo it, I don't need your job offer.
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Jack_Dawson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-31-06 07:31 PM
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16. Every worthwhile job...
errr...job that pays anything decent is going to have its hoops I reckon...
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Book Lover Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-31-06 09:18 PM
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17. True
I just have my own line in the sand; this is a hot-button issue for me. Also, I work in an industry (publishing) where things like drug tests and psych evaluations really have no bearing on how well one performs one's job.

And I nearly forgot to wish you luck! Knock 'em dead!
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NMMNG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-31-06 05:33 PM
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15. You know how corporations are now considered "people"?
Industrial Psychologists study and treat corporations. ;-)



Seriously though, IPs deal with the behavior and interactions of people in business/organizational settings. The company is probably making you see one to make sure their "investment" in you is worth their while. It is, no doubt, a more intensive variation on the personality tests that many companies have prospective employees take.
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Montauk6 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-31-06 09:22 PM
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18. Because they don't want to see you end up like...
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mdmc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-31-06 09:23 PM
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19. they shrink a work scene
instead of an individual.

It is pretty cool.
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Aristus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-31-06 10:08 PM
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20. An old boss of mine had a degree in IP. He was an asshole.
Also the first boss who ever fired me. Fired or not, he was still an asshole.
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Jack_Dawson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-31-06 11:01 PM
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21. Why'd he fire you?
Or did he even give a reason? The whole "at-will" thing and all...
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