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I THINK, THEREFORE I TRAM*; Drivers put through bonkers personality test to make sure they're on straight & narrow.

Byline: Gemma Hartley reporters@dailyrecord.co.uk

DRIVERS on Edinburgh's controversial new trams will have to pass a personality test to make sure they don't scare off passengers. rsial ality care Would-be tram drivers will be tested to weed out candidates who are either quiet, introverted types or noisy extroverts. d ypes Lothian Buses, who will operate the trams, drivers who are too grumpy and withdrawn over-familiar will create a bad impression on visitors fear wn or sitors and commuters to the Instead they want recruit a squad ambiverts - people who just right. city. nt to of o are Lothian Buses swamped with at least applicants for just 32 were t 600 jobs, paying starting salaries around PS20,000. es of As part of the three-stage selection procecandidates will be given 20-question test determine how much an introvert or extrovert they are. tage s s , en a to of ert They will have answer true or false questions such as "I seem to care less than my peers about wealth, fame, and status" and "I dislike small talk, buto to "I an h, "I enjoy talking in depth about topics that matter to me." r " An insider said: "It's raised a few eyebrowss but it seems that they want to get people who are just right - not too quiet, not too loud."

The PS776million project is set to start running by summer next year, with 16 stops along the 8.5mile route.

A spokesman for Lothian Buses said: "Tram drivers are being recruited ensuring appropriate levels of ability and aptitude in line with industry good practice."

An Edinburgh City Council spokesman added: "A rolling recruitment process to build an enthusiastic and skilled team to operate the service is progressing well."

FATHER OF PHILOSOPHY THE famous phrase "I think therefore I am" was coined by 17th century French thinker Rene Descartes.

He has been dubbed the Father of Modern Philosophy, and much subsequent Western philosophy is a response to his writings, which are studied closely to this day.

ARE YOU SUITABLE? I prefer one-on-one conversations to group activities TRUE FALSE I prefer not to show or discuss my I often prefer to express myself in writing work with others until it's finished TRUE FALSE TRUE FALSE I dislike conflict I enjoy solitude TRUE FALSE TRUE FALSE I tend to do my best work on my own TRUE FALSE TRUE FALSE I seem to care less than my peers about wealth, fame and status I dislike small talk, but I enjoy talking in depth about topics that matter to me TRUE FALSE I tend to think before I speak I feel drained after being out and TRUE FALSE TRUE FALSE People tell me that I'm a good listener about, even if I've enjoyed myself I often let calls go through to voicemail TRUE FALSE TRUE FALSE TRUE FALSE I'm not a big risk-taker I enjoy work that allows me to "df I had to choose, I'd prefer a weekend with absolutely nothing to do to one with too many things scheduled TRUE FALSE "dive in" with few interruptions I like to celebrate birthdays on a TRUE FALSE I don't enjoy multitasking TRUE FALSE small scale, with only one or two close friends or family members People often describe me as "TRUE FALSE TRUE FALSE I can concentrate easily In classroom situations, I prefer TRUE FALSE TRUE FALSE lectures to seminars "soft-spoken" or "mellow" I = Introvert. If you answered the majority of the questions true, you're probably an introvert. You think before you speak, and relish solitude. You have an active inner life, and are at your best when you tap into its riches.

E/I = Ambivert. If you answered the questions evenly, true and false, you're probably an ambivert. In many ways, ambiverts have the best of both worlds, able to tap into either pole as needed.

E = Extrovert. If you answered the majority of the questions false, you're probably an extrovert. You are assertive, go-getting, and able to seize the day.

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