3 The prudent sees the evil and hides himself, But the naive go on, and are punished for it.
As we discussed here, one way to deal with Narcissists (= “proud, haughty, scoffer”, see here) is to avoid them altogether. This is especially useful when you’re making hiring decisions. The best way to deal with a narcissist in the workplace is to keep them from getting into your company or onto your team in the first place.
The problem with avoiding the hiring of a narcissist is that they are especially good at presenting themselves in the best light in an interviewing process. And the interviewing process is typically brief enough that it is hard to sort out fact from fiction in such a short period of time.
I found a simple 10 question test to administer in order to quickly find out how “narcissistic” a prospective employee or team member may be. You can find it here. The test is not exhaustive or definitive, but it may give you some indication as to whether you have a potential narcissist on your hands.
You need to score the test yourself
- Put the number in each box
- Add up the total
- The “narcissism scale” runs from 10 to 50. The closer to 50, the more narcissistic the candidate, the closer to 10, the less narcissistic the candidate.