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Review of Kelly Services

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Hillsborough, NJ

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Tests given:
Clerical, Excel, Word, Powerpoint, Outlook.

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I just have a comment about the tests...I've been using Word and Excel for years, and PowerPoint and Outlook here and there...never had a problem picking up how to use any computer program or had it impact my functioning on the job in any way. In fact, I've always been considered an efficient worker who word processed quickly and accurately.

Well, did I feel dumb today!

Although, I was a little disheartened when the girl came out and said that I was "pretty rusty" after reviewing my results, I shouldn't take it personally. I know I always got whatever needed to be fact, I brought samples of my work in anticipating the test quagmire. Basically, I think the tests are a joke...they test your ability to think abstractly, in a vacuum, disconnected from actual work, and how well you have functions memorized. Who needs to do this when all buttons and functions are marked and there are help screens? Test Nazis ensue!

In addition, the tests do not allow any time for trial and error...anyone who's used computers knows it's fairly easy to use the help function or ask a coworker and quickly learn whatever was mysterious at the time.

I suppose that the agencies need a way to sort through everyone and catergorize and create a hierarchy for their needs and the needs of the's just a little maddening to have all of your experience, expertise--solid know-how that you've tested and used over and over again--reduced to a smarmy, cold, unfeeling assessment such as "You're a little rusty". According to whom, Bill Gates? The President of the universe? Sure, ok, don't send me on an executive assignment where highly advanced skills are needed...but don't assume I'm a complete moron either because I didn't come out smelling like a rose on your tests.

Ever feel like you were in the Twilight Zone?

Hanging on By Dental Floss


Wed Aug 4 18:35:42 EST 2004

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