Dear Curious to Know,

Thank you very much for your note and writing sample.

Yes, handwriting analysis is used in employment screening. As a matter of act, I used to screen prospective employees for a couple of different businesses. We found it to be a very effective technique, especially when used in conjunction with traditional methods such as the interview, resume, and personal recommendations. If an application asks a person to write a statement as to why they are applying for the position “in your own handwriting” you can be quite sure the writing will be subject to handwriting analysis.

You ask if I would hire you. The answer is that it depends on the job for which you are applying.

Your handwriting shows that you are optimistic, talkative, practical, enthusiastic, careful, sociable, kind, co-operative, honest, and have a good sense of humor.

However, you are also opinionated, easily influenced, gullible, and overly sensitive.

Based on these characteristics, Curious, I would say you would do well in a job where you could use your social skills, because you are a person who likes to work with people. You would enjoy and do well in a position where you could inform, enlighten, train, develop, or cure people. Because you are friendly, empathic, sincere, and have good self confidence, you could do well as a teacher, social worker, librarian, interviewer, nurse, therapist, or psychologist, assuming the appropriate training.

Because you are realistic, dedicated, and conforming, you could also be successful as a clerk, cashier, mail carrier, receptionist, or computer operator.

Therefore, if you were applying for a position in any of the areas mentioned above I would give you serious consideration.

If, however, you were applying for a job in the mathematical, mechanical, technical or artistic fields, I probably would not recommend you. You could do well in sales as long as the position did not require significant motivational skills or a great deal of personal charisma.

Good luck to you and I hope this analysis helps satisfy your curiosity.

Submit your writing

To have your handwriting analyzed, send a sample to: James Murray, Wednesday Journal, 141 S. Oak Park Avenue, Oak Park, IL 60302.