New Personality-Based Jobseeker Platform Fails to Tell You if You're the Arsehole

By Shabana Arif on at

If you don't feel motivated during the daily drudgery of earning a living, the people at Talentful have swooped in to help pigeonhole you correctly with their personality-based jobseeker platform.

"Over the last few years Talentful has helped some of the best tech companies in the world build great teams, and we’ll still continue to do that," says Phil Blaydes, Talentful founder and co-CEO. "But now we’re also focused on giving power back to the jobseekers, giving them the best chance for them to find their ideal team by matching their unique personality with the perfect role. Our mission at Talentful is to unleash human potential and we believe the new culture matching platform is an exciting step to help people enjoy work and get more fulfilment from their careers.”

The company cites a Gallup world poll that states that only 15 per cent of employees worldwide are engaged with their jobs and it wants to bump up that number with its personality quiz.

I hopped onto the site to give it a go, and the available fields to choose from are somewhat limited, and having selected two jobs at random, the questions were still the same. A sliding scale sits between two answers, and you're presented with questions asking how other people describe you (easy going or goal focused), or which type of colleague you find the most tedious to work with - quiet or methodical.

After completing the test, you'll be told which of the eight personality types you fall into, and which public figures you're basically exactly the same as. It feels more like a Cosmo quiz, and the sliding scale allows for wishy washy cowards to avoid making an actual decision, so I'm sceptical of how accurate this is, or how useful it is at all.

The site claims that its "tailored questions algorithmically calculate your personality in real time to give you one of eight personality archetypes" and then "compares the results with those generated by team members who you’d work with to give a cultural fit score."

Outside of the collection of buzzwords about 'culture' there's not much in the way of explaining the algorithm, or whether jobseekers have found a difference using the site as opposed to any other recruiting agency. But if you want to give it a whirl, head over to the website and we can gush about our scores ("OMG, I'm Winston Churchill! You're such a Jeff Bezos!") over Cosmopolitans.

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