If you’ve ever done a graphology test, you’ll know how spooky it can be to get a near perfect read of your personality based on a sample of your handwriting. I’ve had it done several times, and it always shows the same results of personality that I can’t deny I have. However, I’ve never had it done as a test in getting a job. Those seeking out employment in the field recently may end up encountering some graphology testing, perhaps without their knowledge. But if you’re a head of a company reading this, you may have some thinking to do whether you should tell those prospective employees you hire based on their handwriting.
Is Graphology Really Pseudoscience in Disguise?
The reason many companies may cover up any use of graphology is because it’s still considered to be a pseudoscience rather than proven to be real. While my own opinions on that differ somewhat based on personal experience, it’s true that science still has trouble finding exact correlations between handwriting and personality traits. Especially now, in a time when most people apply for jobs online and don’t even write anything by hand, it might seem suspect by job seekers if asked to submit a writing sample.
While most people today wouldn’t suspect any clandestine handwriting analysis, it’s already being done in some European companies. Mashable pointed out that many French companies have been secretly using handwriting analysis for well over 20 years. They’ve been reluctant to make it public based solely on the idea that it’s not accepted everywhere as science or even as modern. Overall, there’s an estimation by graphologists that says at least half of all companies use graphology in some way.
The question is, should you do use graphology and make it known to those so employees can make up their own minds about wanting to work for you?
Using Reverse Psychology
By stating you use handwriting analysis, you might be able to weed out the employees you don’t really want before the interview even starts. Even if they may think graphology is nothing but junk science, they may think there’s enough to it where their deepest personality traits will be exposed. Regardless, while I had the same personality results each time, you could say graphology works similarly to horoscopes in providing basic characteristics that apply to millions of different people.
Yes, since graphology goes by certain characteristics others share in their handwriting, it’s easy to think it doesn’t come up with anything unique. Even so, even generalities can help determine whether a prospective employee is really the right fit in working for you or not. Sometimes a jobseeker doesn’t even know if they’re right for the job after an interview takes place.
Generally, you’re going to get the best candidates anyway if you only do graphology on the applicants you already deemed worthy based on their experience. In that regard, graphology may not be all that discriminatory when experience is still going to count for whether you have a chance anyway. For employees who want to fight the graphology process, perhaps asking employers to take a test with them can lead to more equality in the workplace. The employer may ultimately find out they have more peccadilloes than the employees they chose.