As if job interviews aren’t rough enough, why, for the love of all that is holy, would employers push us job seekers over the edge with tests?

These “tests” come in all shapes and sizes.

Most of them are ridiculous, but, since I don’t universally run hiring for the world, we’ll need to deal with them.

(Feel free to start a petition if you want to see if you and I can completely reform hiring for all mankind.)

I know you want to know what you should do before you take one of these little buggers.

Spoiler alert: Nothing.

Don’t do anything.

As in anything.

As in no thinking. Zip. Zilch. Nada.

Zero brain power dedicated to this.

That’s if the employer wants you to take a personality or aptitude or “fit” test or something of that nature.

If it’s a case study, by all means, knock your socks off.

That’s because those are cool and good predictors for future success.

I pulled today’s clip from one of the 1,478 times I was asked about “tests” during various Live Office Hours sessions.

You get my cheery thoughts on them and a little story about one of my recruitment clients who used them and the expensive dinner she bought me after she lost our bet…



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Andrew LaCivita is a world-leading career and leadership coach and award-winning author of Interview Intervention and The Hiring Prophecies. Throughout his career, he has helped 350 companies and over 60,000 individuals across 100 countries realize their potential. He frequently serves as a trusted media resource for outlets such as ABC, Fox Business, and Business Insider. You can join him at the milewalk Academy and catch him weekly for free Live Office Hours on his YouTube Channel.