There's a scarcity of tech people, so it would be ridiculous to add yet another level for rejection. However I may imagine that this could be used for some jobs with high ratio of candidates to vacancies (so called "beauty contests").
Nowadays my cover letter is either the body of the email or a attached PDF (a good way of filtering recruiters who insist on getting Word files so they can edit them.)
I was looking for a job (found one) and nobody asked me a handwritten cover letter.
I think this is quickly going the way of the dodo.
Wrong. It means exactly that.
It probably works to some limited extents: for example, I am sure they can guess rather accurately whether the candidate is male or female.
So I do see a difference between a non valid tool and a tool whose efficiency is hard to evaluate.
Now, don't get me wrong, I wouldn't use graphology.
I'm from Europe, had some courses on MBTI and I liked it. Not sure if the American love affair goes way beyond that.
Many employers take this stuff seriously, so someone who may have otherwise gotten the job gets rejected on the basis of a fantasy tool.
Companies are dumping off money that could be used for hiring more people or intelligent investments that create jobs, but billions of dollars are being wasted on something that is about as useful as The Secret.
If you want to shake your head, go ahead and apply online at places like Target, Walmart, or Starbucks. Each application takes over one hour to complete the questionnaire part. So, not only is it a massive money dump, it is a time vampire as well.
It's a tool to assess the difference of personality within a team, detect potential weaknesses and to communicate about it.
As an american I sort of prefer the American method. The checkbox means ethnicity is measured so you have a metric. The french system sort of assumes equality (it's in their motto!). With plausible deniability you can say you don't discriminate and no one can argue against it.
I remember a friend, that was trying to find a part time student job as a clerk, writing literally a hundred different motivation letters all by hand.
At the time I found it odd and I questioned the sanity of requiring a motivation letter for a retail job, now that I read this I understand what the motive behind it could be, and I find it even odder.
I wonder if I could make a fortune in France by writing some software that looks for patterns in typing cadence. The employers could get applicants to type something on a computer and get a score indicating what their 'personality' was like.
I can't write (anything longer than a few phrases, anyway) and soon nobody will. Why if you type all the time?
This is as useful in 21-th century as using bird intestines to predict weather. We have better ways now, indeed.
I type all the time. Code, reports, all that sort of thing. I also get through about two A4 sized daybooks each year full of handwritten notes, plans, observations, minutes, analysis, calculations and all that sort of thing. The convenience and (relative) permanence of writing on paper using a pen is huge. It's not going to vanish anytime soon.
I type all day, but I can still write well enough.