BROTHER DOESN'T WANT YOU
(but maybe you
can fool him)
by BEN SATTERFIELD
The items following are taken from a psychological evaluation test
administered by large companies across the country. The test consists
of more than 600 TRUE/FALSE statements that make up the Minnesota
Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI), a questionnaire-type instrument
designed to uncover the weaknesses of potential employees.
If you are looking for work and are asked to complete the MMPI,
be careful. The test is intrusive* and tricky, but you can "pass"
if you stay alert to what the employer is looking for and what the
test is supposed to reveal.
To help put one over on any Big Brother type organization that uses
this questionnaire as a screening device, study the following sample
items and the suggested responses. In taking the test, keep in mind
that the goal is not to reveal your personality, but to "pass"
by creating a favorable image. It works for politicians.
*A non-Orwellian brought suit against one chain for using this test,
which, according to the plaintiff, is an unconstitutional and unreasonable
intrusion into his private life (Sibi Soroka vs. Target Stores).