He finally decided on Microsoft, got his resume updated, and started applying for jobs on the internet. One company asked him to fill out a profile survey. They told him there were no right or wrong answers, he just needed to fill it out as honestly as possible. There were over 200 questions which is pretty daunting and he did it late at night so he may or may not have snoozed a bit in between questions but he answered honestly. Gary is nothing if not honest.
The company replied with the following email:
Thank you for filling out the analysis.
The answers to the analysis indicated that you probably answered several questions considering "the idea you have of how you should behave" rather than "how you actually behave".
EG (not a question of the test):
Do you blame others for your failures?
I know I shouldn't blame others. So I answer "no". Yet, if I actually look in real life, from time to time I do blame them, so the correct answer should be: "maybe".
If too many questions are answered in this theoretical manner, the final score is invalid and we cannot relay the answer to the company you have took the test for.
Therefore I have to kindly ask you to re-take the analysis looking more at how you do actually behave rather than at what you actually know.
Sorry for the inconvenience. This is not a negative fact in the selection process. It occurs 10 to 15% of the times.
Please feel free to retake it again at this address.
Keep this email with the new test address if you do not wish to fill it in now but rather intend to do so later.
Let me know if you have any additional question.
(By-the-way, I copied and pasted this, so the grammar errors are from the company making all the decisions.)
Hmmm....I guess he answered the questions on the "there-are-no-right-or-wrong-answers-survey" the wrong way which kind of irritated him a bit. He said "I don't blame others for my failures! What am I going to do? Say (insert whiny voice) "Oh....that person did such and such so I'm going to blame him for all of my failures in life. Whine, whine, whine..."
Gary is quite mature when you accuse him of answering questions falsely when he answered them the way he really is.
He answered too many questions the way good, honest, hard-working people actually live and act so they can't submit his results to the company he is looking to apply to. Does that even make any sense? Maybe he needs to watch the news for a few days so he can learn how he "SHOULD" behave instead of the way he ACTUALLY behaves so he can get good results on that survey.
The world is a messed up place!