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Calling Mr Perseverance and Miss Analytical

What can law firms learn from Mr Men themed personality tests for new hires, asks Matthew Kay

24 July 2017

The author Roger Hargreaves penned his first Mr Men book in the 1970s and this spawned a hugely successful series of children’s books, with 85 characters and sales of over 100 million copies worldwide. Little did Mr Hargreaves realise that his popular characters wouldn’t just delight children, but would also serve as a useful business tool.

Recently, John Timpson, from the shoe repair and key-cutting family business, revealed he uses the Mr Men characters while interviewing, assigning prospective members of staff Hargreaves-inspired monikers – a Mrs Cheerful is likely to get a half-day trial in a Timpson store, with a Mr Lazy likely to be shown the door, no matter how impressive their CV is. The thinking behind this interview tactic is that skills can be taught, but personality is ingrained and harder to change.

But what can law firms lear...

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