Unicru Answer Key - Read This, Get Hired
The Unicru job application is owned and maintained by Kronos and was developed by psychologists to help businesses find the best employees. Today, many chains such as Best Buy, CVS, Blockbuster, Walmart, Kroger, Lowe's, Marriott, Starbucks, (and more) use this type of application as a method of screening potential employees.
Applying for jobs can be stressful and time-consuming and, thanks to Unicru, the process is now even more tedious and stressful. After applying for several jobs which use Unicru, I have learned to avoid jobs that use this application.
When you're looking for a job, you might apply to several places. Perhaps you apply only to where you would genuinely enjoy working. With each application, comes the annoyance of spending hours filling out hundreds of questions about your personality. If you're like many others, you might start applying to places which are less likely to use this type of application.
What is the test like?
The Unicru application asks illegal questions, such as your birth date.
This test is nothing more than a personality test. Its purpose is to find suitable people for a job. However, this method of finding employees is not only tedious for the potential employee, but borderline illegal, immoral, and is a great way to get a person to lie.
I've personally experienced poor customer service from employees at companies who use this test as a way to weed out candidate. (Best Buy, in particular, comes to mind.) Is the test broken or is this how customer service is supposed to be?
But what about the test itself? What are the questions like? The questions below are a sampling of the questions found on the Unicru application. They illustrate the difficulty in taking this test. A number of the following questions could have more than one "right" answer, however, there is only one correct choice. They're really up for interpretation.
What do you think of Unicru?
Unicru Answer Key
Strongly Agree Questions
Strongly Disagree Questions
Any trouble you have is your own fault >> SA
You've done your share of troublemaking > SD
It is easy for you to feel what others are feeling >> SA
Your stuff is often kind of messy >> SD
It is fun to go to events with big crowds >> SA
You'd rather not compete very much >> SD
It is maddening when the court lets guilty criminals go free >> SA
You would rather not get involved in other people's problems >> SD
When someone treats you badly, you ignore it >> SA
You swear when you argue >> SD
When you are done with your work, you look for more to do >> SA
You sometimes thought seriously about quitting highschool >> SD
When you go someplace, you are never late >> SA
You show it when you are in a bad mood >> SD
When your friends need help, they call you first >> SA
You say whatever is on your mind >> SD
You agree with people more often than you argue >> SA
You look back and feel bad about things you've done >> SD
You always try not to hurt people's feelings >> SA
You look back and feel bad about things you've done >> SD
You are a friendly person >> SA
You like to take frequent breaks when working on something difficult >> SD
You are always cheerful >> SA
You are somewhat a of a thrill-seeker >> SD
You are careful not to offend people >> SA
It bothers you a long time when someone is unfair to you >> SD
You are proud of the work you do at school or on a job. >> SA
You like to be alone >> SD
Your moods are steady from day to day >> SA
It bothers you when you have to obey a lot of rules >> SD
You avoid arguments as much as possible >> SA
It is hard to really care about work when the job is boring >> SD
You can wait patiently for a long time >> SA
Right now, you care more about having fun than being serious at school or work >> SD
You chat with people you don't know >> SA
You ignore people you don't like >> SD
You could describe yourself as 'tidy' >> SA
You have to give up on some things that you start >> SD
You do not fake being polite >> SA
You have friends, but don't like them to be too close >> SD
You do things carefully so you don't make mistakes >> SA
You get mad at yourself when you make mistakes >> SD
You finish your work no matter what >> SA
You get angry more often that nervous >> SD
You give direct criticism when you need to >> SA
You don't worry about making a good impression >> SD
You got mostly good grades in high school >> SA
You don't work hard because it doesn't pay off anyway >> SD
You hate to give up if you can't solve a hard problem >> SA
You don't care what people think of you >> SD
You have always had good behavior in school or work >> SA
You don't care if you offend people >> SD
You have confidence in yourself >> SA
You don't believe a lot of what people say >> SD
You have no big regrets about your past >> SA
You don't act polite when you don't want to >> SD
You have no big worries >> SA
You do what you want, no matter what others think >> SD
You ignore people's small mistakes >> SA
You do some things that upset people >> SD
You keep calm when under stress >> SA
You do not like to take orders >> SD
You know when someone is in a bad mood, even if they don't show it >> SA
You do not like to meet new people >> SD
You like to be in the middle of a big crowd >> SA
You do not like small talk >> SD
You like to plan things before you do them. >> SA
You criticize people when they deserve it >> SD
You like to talk a lot >> SA
You could not deal with difficult people all day >> SD
You love to be with People. >> SA
You change from felling happy to sad without any reason >> SD
You love to listen to people talk about themselves >> SA
You are unsure of yourself with new people >> SD
You make more sensible choices than careless ones >> SA
You are unsure of what to say when you meet someone >> SD
You rarely act without thinking >> SA
You are not interested in your friends' problems >> SD
You think of yourself as being very sensible >> SA
You are not afraid to tell someone off >> SD
You try to sense what others are thinking and feeling >> SA
You are more relaxed than strict about finishing things on time >> SD
You were absent very few days from high school >> SA
You are a fairly private person >> SD
You work best at a slow but steady speed >> SA
When you need to, you take it easy at work >> SD
You would rather work on a team than by yourself >> SA
When you are annoyed with something, you say so >> SD
Your friends and family approve of the things you do >> SA
When people make mistakes, you correct them >> SD
There's no use having close friends; they always let you down >> SD
There are some people you really can't stand >> SD
Slow people make you impatient >> SD
Many people cannot be trusted >> SD
Other people's feelings are their own business >> SD
People are often mean to you >> SD
People do a lot of annoying things >> SD
People do a lot of things that make you angry >> SD
People who talk all the time are annoying >> SD
People's feelings are sometimes hurt by what you say >> SD
Have you ever lied on an employment personality test?
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After publishing this article, I was contacted and interviewed by Vanessa O'Connell of the Wall Street Journal. This is the resulting article.
How Does the Unicru Test Work?
Unicru asks a lot of questions that seem pointless, but it's actually a personality test to find what they believe are the best employees. They give all applicants a score (which the applicant is unable to see) and forward the scores to the business to which they applied.
The business is only given contact information for the highest scorers (with no contact information provided for those who didn't score as highly. They are entirely ruled out.)
What Do You Think?
Should tests like Unicru be legal?
What if you're a good worker and just have a few personal flaws (like everyone does?)
How Unicru Hurts Diversity
Diversity makes things fun and healthy in a work environment. It allows employees to understand different points of view, which ultimately leads to better customer service.
If you are up against the Unicru test and are hurt and confused about why you didn't get the job, try a different line of thinking. Do you want to work for a company that wants a Unicru-type person -- whatever personality type that may be?
Let's think about the 'word' Unicru, though.
Uni = one
Cru = Crew
One Crew sounds like companies use Unicru to hire a bunch of yes men! That can't be good.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
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