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Fury of evaluating ‘impossible’ abstract reasoning in a job application


Seemingly intense “abstract reasoning” job evaluation has gained traction online, with Reddit users struggling to resolve. The task itself has drawn criticism of the use of such ratings in job interview processes.

“I wouldn’t want a job review of ‘abstract reasoning’ on my worst enemy,” wrote Reddit user theperfectsphere, with an image of the job on a computer screen. The image was shared with the popular ‘Anti-Work’ Subreddit, where users discuss employment issues including pay, working conditions, pay, and ‘end the job’ promotion.

The question shows a pattern of shapes, asking the applicant which of the examples given would be next to fit.

With over 15,000 votes in 12 hours, the question gripped Reddit users who discussed what it is likely to be. The unanimous decision was “C” with each row requiring a shape with two circles, a U shape and curved lines, all of which were missing in the last row but were evident in C.

“Why are they doing this to people? One Reddit user commented.

The difficulty of the assessment prompted a discussion about the exact usefulness of such questions in the hiring process and their unfairness to some applicants.

While the original poster did not specify what position the test was for, many others claimed to have faced similar levels for retail and fast food applications.

For many commentators, assessments have been called a way of confusing people with learning disabilities, who may find these tasks more difficult. “That’s exactly what they do. I was diagnosed with a visual processing disorder. This image appears to have been taken directly from the assessments I took to be diagnosed. This test is impossible for me to understand, even so I’m good at pattern recognition, my brain just mixes up visual material, ”one user commented.

“For what it’s worth, I was able to perfectly accomplish my undergraduate fast food duties despite having a fairly significant processing disorder,” they added.

“It is literally one of the tests used to diagnose ADHD,” commented another user.

The post also drew comparisons to IQ tests, which have often sparked controversy when used in the hiring process. In 1971, the Supreme Court ruled that requiring candidates to take IQ tests violated the 1964 Civil Rights Act in the United States. Griggs v. Duke Power Company Case. The Supreme Court ruled that job tests must be “linked to job performance”.

In light of the Civil Rights Act, Duke Power Company introduced two tests for its job transfer requirements in 1965, one of which was an IQ test – something that statistically at the time, African-American applicants were much less likely to be successful because of the consequences of school segregation.

Despite criticism of the Reddit test, some have argued for its defense, arguing in favor of both abstract reasoning and IQ testing. “Honestly, it depends on the job. It seems to be a question of IQ testing, especially visual / spatial recognition,” commented one user.

“It’s literally a way to filter applications so they don’t have to physically review too many. remains (because frankly they are NOT relevant to anything that looks like actual work) but any sample of 50 will statistically have someone who is good enough, ”added another.

“The real downside is the companies paying for the tests, if they really think there is real science that they are getting the ‘best’ candidates. a whole career to swindle in front of you … “

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