A couple of weeks ago, I applied for a project manager position with a financial technology startup company. The same day I sent my resume, they had me attend a conference call; given how quickly they responded, I figured there was no way they could have reviewed my credentials before replying. I participated in the conference call, facilitated by their Chief Operating Officer (COO). The COO gave us an orientation about the company and its hiring process, which was the orientation call, a personality assessment, and a series of interviews.
The next day, I took their personality assessment; it was over an hour long. Today, they contacted me via email, stating, “Unfortunately, our team did not select you for further consideration.” It was evident that I failed the personality assessment. I’m at a point in my life where restarting my career in the corporate world is proving futile. If personality profiles are the deciding factor, then I am likely screwed in this “new normal.”