Not Saussure

March 29, 2007

Interpreting the results

Filed under: junk science — notsaussure @ 7:29 pm


Millions of Britons could be in the wrong job, according to a survey which determines whether workers’ personalities match their careers.

The study of more than 2,300 adults, in which they were asked to select one of four shapes and eight colours which they felt described themselves, revealed that three-quarters were in jobs that did not suit their characters.

It found that 40 per cent of bankers and accountants described themselves as “warm” and “people-oriented”, and a similar number of secretaries thought they had leadership skills.

The personality test, conducted by private healthcare provider Bupa, also discovered that only 6 per cent of those in creative jobs saw themselves as “expressive and eccentric” while only one in ten politicians and civil servants chose shapes and colours which suggested they had people skills and logical personality traits.

To be accurate, unless the Telegraph report has missed something out, the test never asks you to describe yourself in terms like ‘warm’ or ‘expressive’; as the report says, it asks you choose colours and shapes and then to answer questions about your likes, dislikes and so forth.

An alternative interpretation of the data, of course, to the one that we’re all in the wrong job is that the test results are meaningless.

The test is at I thought I was a purple triangle, but the results mean that apparently I’m really a pink square. I think I’ll survive the shock.

There’s a way to test it, though; apparently I could have great fun with a squiggle (colour immaterial). I’m not making this up, I swear. So, if there are any unattached squiggles of the female persuasion who’re looking for some fun with a middle-aged square pink widower reading this….

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  1. Hmm … well, I know that I am in the wrong job but that’s only because my long-term ambitions lie elsewhere. As jobs go, it’s mundane but acceptable.

    I saw myself as a purple squiggle, and the interpretation suited my personality, or so I thought. I ended up a pink triangle (same as you) and couldn’t relate to pretty much everything it said about me. The best bit was dressing up the pink triangle me at the end, at least I got to choose a top-hat and a pair of sunglasses, which sums me up nicely!


    Comment by Queen Minx — March 29, 2007 @ 7:50 pm

  2. Tell you what, Minx … given that you wanted to be a squiggle, and given that a squiggle and I could apparently have great fun together, should you want to act out your fantasies,..

    As to your ideal job, I thought you were Queen of Manchester, anyway.

    Comment by notsaussure — March 29, 2007 @ 8:25 pm

  3. These sorts of tests tend to usually tell me I’m in the right job. Since I’m not a multi millionaire, that suggests I’d starve in any other sector…

    That means I’m only good at talking crap.

    Comment by crushed by Ingsoc — March 29, 2007 @ 9:21 pm

  4. (Blushing) … well thankee kindly notsaussaure for your generous suggestion … I will get my people to talk to your people.

    Being Queen of Manchester is a respectable career … but when compared to being the Queen of the Caymen Islands … it’s mundane … my duties mainly involve ensuring there is a constant supply of umberellas available in our fair but rainy city.


    Comment by Queen Minx — March 30, 2007 @ 6:24 am

  5. Oh I don’t know. Blair is in the wrong job. A future selling cars beckons. Brown is in the wrong job a future in dodgy accounting beckons. Reid is in the wrong job a future in interrogation beckons. The list goes on. and on. Even I’m in the wrong job, I should be cleaning shoes or something.

    To be honest most of us are not in the jobs we really want. But that is because there can only be so many PMs, CEOs, racing drivers, spies and porn stars. We have to make do with what we can and use the skills we have to get some dosh in. The results don’t surprise me just the view that is makes a difference.

    Comment by Dave Petterson — March 31, 2007 @ 2:18 pm

  6. I thought I was a dark blue circle, but apparently, I’m a dark blue square…

    Comment by ThunderDragon — March 31, 2007 @ 9:00 pm

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