The Way You Write Can Show The Boss You Can't Handle The Job

Graphologists may not be on the payroll but employers need them to see if you can handle the job.

Here's the game plan: a tiny script signature means someone who's not sure of himself. If you sign your name in large, sweeping letters that's how you feel about yourself at the time you write. A very swollen signature can depict insecurities of the fact that he is masking his true identity.

The traits revealed in signatures are engraved on the subconscious mind so it is difficult to change the slant. Aboard a cruise ship on a wide swath through the Caribbean, I met the hired talent -- Alice Weiser, a certified graphologist.

She was a trip in herself. The size of the signature is most important. Alice breaks it down stroke by stroke. The first name represents past and present. The last name deals with the social and present/future. If a married woman signs her first name larger than the husband's name, she is seeking her own identity. If the last name, say it be Jones, is largest, she is very content in her marriage.
A furrier hired Alice to see why the recipient of a new fur coat was signing her name for duplication in the lining and she couldn't do a normal signature. Alice told the furrier, "It was obvious the girl felt inferior and non-deserving of the coat." The furrier agreed: "She is not the wife."

Here are sites to help your judgment. Straight up and down writing means the writer can handle emergency and react later. Closed "o's" and "a's" -- good and confident, open to others' opinions so puts best food forward to criticism. Sensitive to others' feelings? "T" bars slant high and upward, confident and ambitious.

Dots directly over the "I" mean they pay close attention to detail. Breaks between letters means intuitive. If you are both intuitive and inquisitive -- you can sift out the important details and set aside the rest. (Use this on yourself if you'd like to check out your ability to handle pressures.) Any handwriting that is illegible indicates the writer is not interested in communicating. Alice Weiser's report reveals how the applicant's personality and potential match the job, or fail to match, the job requirements.

"It is the only non-discriminatory tool as you cannot determine age, race, color, creed or religion from handwriting. Psychological testing has proven to be costlier, more time consuming or often les effective.

"Studies obtained after a year of employment have shown 80% accuracy," to quote Alice, who has lectured extensively on luxury liners.