Guys, I need help...I think I've dug myself a hole on the wrong battlefield.
I was asked (along with all other managers) to participate in a EQ test to determine my emotional intelligence. I did about seven questions, then bailed. It just seemed like a lot of nonsense and asked things that had nothing to do with work behaviours (am I affectionate, am I likeable, how do I feel about such and such, etc.).
Then I got a call from HR suggesting that I complete it and telling me "everybody else had." Fine, I took the hint and did the test, omitting those questions I genuinely could not answer (I had no idea what the right answer was). I got another call telling me that I made the test statistically invalid and I had to do it again. I told them I would if I could, but I had answered the questions as best I could, and to respond for the mere sake of responding would not improve the statistical validity of the test.
Now I'm fighting a battle on the wrong hill over something I consider incredibly stupid. I could have just faked my way through the test or hit random responses but I have a nasty stubborn ethical streak that won't let me do that. I really did give the test my very best shot, but now I may be in trouble.
As an aside, I resent any invasive psych tests that don't focus on my behaviours as a manager. Judge me on what I actually do and deliver, not on what some current pop-psych test says is in my head.
In short, I'm pretty sure of two things:
2. I've handled the situation poorly.
What should I do now? Why do EQ inventory tests not focus on behaviours or outcomes, the standards by which managers are normally judged? Why was the test so difficult for me, and apparently easy for others?