Question: I’ve been asked to complete an evaluation exercise to establish my character profile as a screening method for a job. How common are these tests? Some of the questions seem very intimate. What if I refuse to answer them? Are the questions legal?
— Simha, New York, N.Y.
Simha: Assessment exercises have become extremely popular as employers and headhunters seek more reliable methods of matching candidates with job opportunities and avoiding poor hires. It’s unlikely that the questions you were asked are illegal, since the vast majority of screening tools are created by accredited third-party vendors using standardized formats. They’re sold to HR departments and search firms nationally; very few are developed internally by employers. If you find a question to be too intimate, don’t answer it. If the company or recruiter has a real interest in you, they’ll ask why you chose not to respond. If you’re not a final candidate, your lack of a response won’t matter.Do I Have to Complete a Character Profile to Get a Job? by Granted Contributor