October 30, 2007 at 12:38 pm | Posted in books, vie quotidienne | 2 Comments
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The other day, I was browsing through Gibert Jeune and found this on their employment-prep shelf:


It’s a book on how to outsmart personality tests, presumably administered by your prospective employer. I was immediately struck — personality tests? Handwriting analysis? Wasn’t that sort of thing discredited years ago? Exactly how widespread is this practice?

Of course, flipping through the book was even more illuminating: it’s chock full of pseudo-scientific games and puzzles designed to separate the “loyal, hardworking employee” from “devious sociopath”. And how does one outsmart these wily psychologists? Well, for starters, don’t ever admit a fondness for evergreens:

Bad trees!

And don’t even think about sketching a whimsical, imaginary tree like the one on the right. Either of these are a very bad sign. Instead, stick to happy, fluffy, socially-approved trees like this one:

Good tree

But remember: no roots, no visible branches, and make sure to get the proportions of trunk to foliage precisely right — otherwise you risk being doomed to a life of professional failure.



  1. Weirdness. At least there – presumably – wasn’t a chapter on phrenology.

  2. Oh god yes — at least not that. I’m not sure what I’d do if some human resources drone tried to put his hands on my head.

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