What you need to know about the Snowflake test
It’s a hot topic these days, as many are discussing it on the Internet, social media, TV shows, and radio shows. Employers, CEOs, and pretty much everyone else seems to be trying to filter the entitled millennials from those who are ready to work. The term snowflake refers to self-entitled millennials who get offended and angry if they don’t get their way. They have no value other than an entitled attitude and arguments that are unsubstantiated.
In other words, if you are ignorant, overly sensitive (which can be hard to define), easily offended, entitled, and spoiled, you may have a hard time getting hired. They are probably good to go as long as they don’t let their liberal attitudes get in the way of their work. There is a likelihood, however, that someone will eventually be offended and file a lawsuit later on. According to Silent Partner Marketing CEO Jose Reyes, a snowflake test is simply a personality test, and employers have the right to know who is going to work for them. The Snowflakes test has been met with mixed reactions so far. Some people support the questions 100%, while others consider them irrelevant.
In reality, the questions can be considered intrusive, immoral, and illegal.
You can judge this type of test by reading some of the main snowflake questions we list below.
- When should the minimum wage be raised?
- Should an employer offer employees benefits other than the ones they already receive?
- “How often should an employee be paid a raise?”?
- Is there anything you like or dislike about guns?
- What is your opinion of a client or employee carrying a gun?
- How long ago did you cry? When did you last cry?
- Is there an adult beverage you prefer?
- What is your opinion of the current college environment as it relates to a future workforce?
- When communicating with clients, how should we do so?
- When you have free time, what are your favorite things to do?
- What do you do if someone bullies you?
- Why do you believe in God?
- “What is the United States to you?”?
- Describe your definition of privilege in your own words.
- Is there a way you deal with rejection when you have great ideas?
- Describe the breakfast you have on a typical day.
- If your co-worker presented you with an idea that you don’t like, what would you do?
- Do you understand what the first amendment means to you?
There are some questions that are easier to answer and some that are harder. In addition to those questions in which you’re not sure exactly what’s expected of you, such as “what does faith mean to you”, there are also questions in which you’re not sure why you’re supposed to answer, such as “what’s your typical breakfast like?”. Overall, good luck to any snowflake seeking employment!
Reyes, your mission has been accomplished! You’ve established a hiring policy to crack down on diversity and inclusion at work. Your company should not hire sane candidates on the basis of implied views of yours, but rather because such views should not be a requirement for employment.
In his explanation, Reyes admits Silent Partner works with a lot of police departments, so the team needs to feel comfortable supporting police. But who doesn’t support the police? As I suspected, Reyes likely conflats questions about police practices with his support of them.
Reyes may be right when he claims, “There is no discrimination here,” but he is wrong when he asserts, “This is nothing more than a glorified personality test.” Because there’s nothing glorified about it.