I’m not an HR/benefits professional; I just play one in print. And I’m certainly no attorney. All the same, I’m going to take a leap and say that “It’s Just My Nature” — a new-hire profiling system — is a bad, if not illegal product. (Full disclosure: I've never used this thing, nor have I asked an attorney about its legal veracity.)

Per the product’s announcement, “IJMN” uses Energy Profiling ™ — a system that creator Carol Tuttle says can ID personality traits, human behavior and physical characteristics — to reveal where a new hire would be most successful at your company, or whether a particular candidate should be hired at all.

I know I say this a lot, DD readers, but “What the …?”

According to a press release Tuttle and her products help employers “identify the right fit by using one’s facial features to determine their natural gifts and talents that ultimately reveal which jobs they are a great fit for.” If this is not a lawsuit waiting to happen, I don’t know what is.

However, Tuttle seems to have followers. Sheryl Laukat, who works with Cannonball Musical Instruments in Utah, says that thanks to Energy Profiling, “The success and atmosphere of our Company has dramatically improved. It is now a prerequisite for all new hires. I can't imagine our workplace functioning as well as it does now without using our knowledge of Energy Profiling.”

So, let’s hear it, pros. Would you buy this product to help you weed job applicants or “place” new hires within your organization? And if so, would you also increase your counsel’s retainer?

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