My husband had to take the Wonderlic Cognitive Ability test when applying to work as a recruiter with a staffing firm. Yes, the same one that NFL players take before they’re drafted. When the firm later rejected him after the final interview, it was ostensibly because he scored too high on the stupid test. They said that the firm only hires employees who score within a specific range; they said that in their experience, a high score meant he needed an intellectually-stimulating environment would be too likely to leave for a different job within 6-12 months! It’s certainly their right to do so, but his work history was in retail and call centers, which are not known for being the most intellectually-stimulating environments.
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