Short Story Preview: Psychometric Golf – Malcolm Allen
One of the challenges about being promoted or changing your job is that you may have to move house, and if you’re a golfer that means finding another club. With long waiting lists in many parts of the country that’s not easy and in any case you will miss your old buddies and those familiar surroundings. Still, at least you will be able to re-circulate all your old jokes. The trouble is, even if you find a club with a vacancy, how are you going to find a proposer and, even more imponderable, how are you going to fare at the Committee’s ‘knife and fork’ interview?
I’ll let you into a secret. Club committees throughout the country are extremely concerned about the continued use of the subjective application Interview. They fear that in this litigious era their decisions could rebound on them, and no decent golf club wants to appear in the national press to justify its selection process. As a result there are moves afoot to get rid of the interview anachronism and move club golf into the 21st century by adopting the corporate practice of psychometric testing. The advantage is that the criterion is objective and, therefore, unchallengeable.
I have recently got hold of a draft copy of the Psychometric Test for Gentleman Membership of my club, which the committee has sent to the R&A for comment and approval. It is an interesting document and I suggest you try it for yourselves. Be honest and don’t try to double guess the aim of each question. Remember, only tick the answer which most accurately represents your viewpoint.