Handwriting Research Corporation

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The Arizona Republic (Sunday, December 8, 1996) --After a national search, a major toy maker was planning to offer its top post to an executive with impeccable credentials. But the company wanted to make sure it had dotted every "i" and crossed every "t." So it sent a sample of the finalist's handwriting to Mark Hopper, a Phoenix graphologist. His findings? The candidate was just what everyone thought: bright, motivated and talented. But the analysis also revealed a high risk of substance abuse. When the company reluctantly went back and raised the issue, the executive acknowledged that he was a recovering alcoholic. He got the job, but the company - with his consent - removed the bar in the executive suite . . . "We're like the scales of balance, the great equalizer," said Hopper, who has done work for more than 1,100 clients, including banks, construction companies and hotels.

The Wall Street Journal (Thursday, August 25, 1988) -- Some managers use the analysis, along with interviews and reference checks, to spot workers whose personal problems may become company problems . . ."It's the most reliable method of assessing personality,' a director of human resources at Land O'Frost Inc. asserts. "I wouldn't dare use it if I weren't convinced." . . . Companies using handwriting analysis say they prefer it to traditional personality tests because job candidates need take only a few minutes to jot down a short essay. By contrast, a battery of personality tests and several hours of interviews with a psychologist can cost as much as $1,000, says Michael Mercer, a Chicago industrial psychologist . . . James Crumbaugh, a retired clinical psychologist who now serves as a research consultant to the graphoanalysis society, says there are at least eight independent studies confirming the validity of graphology as a predictor of personality.

American Banker (Thursday, March 28, 1996) -- The bank uses graphology not only to screen job candidates but to build teamwork, counsel employees, and do career planning and staff development . . . "We find it amazingly accurate," says an executive director of a banker's trade group that uses the technique.

On The Camelback Corridor (August, 1992) -- Often thought of as a simple method of looking at how people dot their i's ad cross their t's, graphology is actually a complex system of analyzing hundreds of minute differences in shape, size, spacing, slant and many other indicators that combine to communicate a picture of personality style and qualities . . . Handwriting is a complex and detailed series of gestures that embody not only attitude but also the sequence and style of an individual's thought processes.

Chicago Tribune (Friday, March 4, 1988) --The  president of a large tool manufacturer says the results are "almost frightening" in their accuracy. He asked some of the firm's 150 workers to voluntarily test the concept before he bought it, and "I also used myself as a guinea pig," he said. Those who took the test admitted it identified many of their personality traits and weaknesses, he said, ranging from a potential for developing stress under certain conditions to a tendency for alcohol abuse. No one lost a job as a result of the test, said the president. But he intends to use the handwriting analysis, along with verbal interviews and other screening methods, as an aid in placing future hires in appropriate jobs.

The Wall Street Journal (Tuesday, September 3, 1985) --"Every time we hired somebody who seemed good but didn't do well in the handwriting analysis, he failed within six months," adds Hughes de la Taille, the deputy managing director of Matra Horlogerie, the watchmaking division of the matra S.A. industrial giant. "The handwriting analysis of one salesman came back with the word 'unstable'' underlined, but he was the best candidate and we hired him anyway," the official recalls. "A month later, he just walked off, and we had to call in the police to get back our samples collection."

Security Management (May 1992) -- In France and Switzerland, 80 percent of the largest companies use handwriting analysis in employment selection. In Israel, handwriting analysis is used more than any other form of personality assessment . . . Ford Motor Company, General Electric, the CIA, and other organizations have begun using the technique as a preventive and reactive instrument . . . The study involved 37 California firms that used graphology . . . All companies reported an increase in their retention rates after the introduction of graphology, with an overall improvement of 28 percent.

The Boston Globe (Sunday, January 26, 1997) --How scientific is graphology? Leo McManus, a licensed psychologist in Worcester who routinely evaluates employees for corporate clients, has done research comparing the results of traditional psychological testing with the conclusions of a graphologist evaluating the same people on the basis of their handwriting. The findings, he said, were almost identical.

Arizona Affirmative Action Association Newsletter (February 1987) -- In terms of discrimination, what does all this mean for a company that wants to use handwriting analysis to aid in the hiring process? For one thing, handwriting analysis is very objective. No discrimination is involved when the companies use handwriting analysis because the person who is analyzing the handwriting sample does not meet the applicant whose handwriting sample is being analyzed. EEOC regulations are not violated because the applicant (analyst) cannot tell from a handwriting sample whether the applicant is black, white; young, old, etc.

The Press Democrat (Monday, December 16, 1996) -- "It is probably the strongest and most effective recruiting tool I have ever encountered," said one senior vice president of human resources at a well known Californian bank. "We do not do psychological testing because this, remarkably, gives us enough data."

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