Your personality is a layered, ambiguous and is something that may change over time. Many people with the same personality type may still be vastly different. Therefore, is it worthwhile to discover your personality type? Well, it is quite useful especially in an employment context.
Why is it beneficial for work?
There are a number of tools used by employers to understand and categorise personality in an employment context. The aim of these tools is to help get people into the right roles for them, ensuring that they have the best chance of succeeding.
To categorise personality types, most tools gather information about character traits, decision-making methods, behaviour and attitudes. From these categories, conclusions can be drawn. For example, your personality type may indicate what attracts or repels you. It could also identify situations which may cause you stress.
Understanding your own personality in an employment context can be a helpful guide for understanding what sort of personalities gravitate towards certain jobs.
Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
There are a number of online personality profiling tests which can be accessed for free and are super easy. The most popular and longest-standing test is the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) which looks at:
- An individual’s interaction with the world (Introvert/Extrovert)
- The way you absorb information (Sensing/Intuitive)
- Your decision-making tendencies (Thinkers/Feelers)
- How you organise yourself (Judgers/Perceivers)
Depending on the outcome of the test, individuals are categorised into one of 16 possible personality types. From there, their suitability for typical employment roles is projected, based on the demands of typical roles. For instance, an ISTP (introvert, sensor, thinker, perceiver) personality is a hard worker who values their responsibilities and commitments, and feels comfortable in roles such as civil engineer, economist or police officer.
Here are a few jobs suited to Myers-Briggs personality types:
When taking any of these tests, remember to be yourself. Many of these tests identify inconsistent answers so it is best to answer honestly.
After the test, it is great to do some research to understand your results. This will help you get in the mindset of how you can apply the information you have learnt about yourself, to a potential employer or job interview.
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