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I have applied for a supervisor's position four times, and each time I was denied based on a "predictive tool." This tool gave a report that stated I was unmotivated, have no competitive drive or initiative, and need close supervision at all times. These findings are in direct contrast to my performance reviews during the one-and-one-half years I have worked here. I asked the H.R. manager for more information on the "tool," but he never came through. What is my next step?

After a year-and-a-half of demonstrating your solid motivation, drive, initiative, and independence, it's always nice to take a test that concludes that you are a complete failure in each of these areas. The fact is that many of these "predictive tools" are failures.

Many such instruments are fakable, overly simplistic, have little to do with the position in question, adversely affect minorities, and lack validity. In a word, they can easily be a way for a company to spend money, aggravate the employees, eliminate promotable employees, advance unpromotable employees, and even expose the company to legal claims. It is simply unacceptable to be given a test, a barrage of questionable conclusions, a denied promotion, and no meaningful follow-up discussion.

The irony is that the one of the most effective ways to predict a person's performance in the future is to look at his or her performance in the past. With this in mind, your next step is to meet with management to discuss your test. During such a session, be prepared to match your performance on the test with your performance on the job, and then push for the promotion.

You have already been hit four times by this tool. If the company insists that the tool rules, then you need to decide how long you want it to rule you.

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