There’s a very interesting thread in MSPIMS called We are not smart/savvy enough to work at a Walmart that leaves me with some big questions about HR departments.
The thread is by a mother who tried -and failed- to help her teenage daughter apply for a job at Walmart. They failed because of the very strange questions about psychology. For example:
Please click the link and read the whole OP to see another half dozen questions.
The questons all seem totally weird to me, vaguely worded, and leave me (like the mother in the OP) totally unable to figure out how to get a job as a drone at Walmart.
The thread continues as a typical SDope dicussion-- using too much logical reasoning and overly careful analysis about a subject that many millions of Walmart employees can apparently do better than we Dopers— Because none of the posts in the thread succeed in giving good info about how to actually succeed–i.e. to answer the questions properly and get the job.
Here’s what I need some help understanding:
This application is for a job as a lowest level employee at Walmart. There are over 60 questions to answer, and most of the people who apply are not experienced at sitting the GMAT or LSAT exams. So, without over-analyzing and looking for deep meaning, there has to be a simple way to “get it” and give the right answer.
I assume that there are lots of Dopers who have worked in Human Resource departments at huge corporations. (And I assume that if you are still employed there, you are legally prohibited from revealing secret info about your company’s tests). But surely there is somebody out there who can 'splain to me why I am unqualified to work at Walmart?
My specific questions are:
What are these tests designed to measure?
What percentage of applicants fail?
WHY do they fail?
also-many of the applicants are not fluent in English–how does that affect their testing?
Note: please do NOT let this thread deteriorate into another walmart-bashing festival. My questions apply to many other large companies too. There are tens of millions of people who have worked retail. Most of them are fine people, and do a pretty good job. I’ve been there, done that type of work, and respect those who can do it better than me . But that was 35 years ago, and I didn’t have to overcome a computerized application process.