Testing your personality

PUBLISHED: 14:10 18 January 2006 | UPDATED: 09:27 06 May 2010

What does your personality say about you?

What does your personality say about you?

THERE are many different types of recruitment tests you might encounter on your hunt for your dream job. How might you prepare yourself for some of them? Here we take a closer look at the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). Quite a few employers these da

THERE are many different types of recruitment tests you might encounter on your hunt for your dream job. How might you prepare yourself for some of them? Here we take a closer look at the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI).

Quite a few employers these days use 'personality tests' such as the MBTI in order to give them a clue as to how you might interact with others as well as giving them an insight into the way you work.

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator features 16 personality types differing in the way that they view the world. Candidates undertaking the test answer the same questions, each offering a choice of two answers. They include questions like:

Would you rather work under someone who is:

a) always kind?

b) always fair?

As far as personality tests go there are no right or wrong answers, but the results of the test will reveal your personality type.

For example, you might be an ESTJ: Extroverted, Sensing, Thinking and Judging.

ESTJs are "practical with a natural head for business", qualities that can lead to a great career as a sales manager, or administrator. Or you could be an INFJ (Introvert, Intuitive, Feeling and Judging) - people with this personality type make good writers and newspaper editors.

However, knowing what sort of personality you have should not stop you from finding the kind of job that appeals to you.

People with a wide variety of personality types can be successful in all walks of life. What really does matter though is finding the very best job for you within each field and the type of working environment that suits you best.

Personality types can be explained, in terms of the MBTI, in the following way: extroverts focus on the outer world and on things and people, while introverts tend to focus more on the inner world of ideas.

Sensing types tend to focus on what is right under their nose at that particular moment in time ie. the 'here and now', or 'the present'. Intuitive types - their polar opposites - like to anticipate the future and much prefer to focus on the bigger picture.

Thinking types, who are naturally analytical, base their decisions on logic and are fair when dealing with people.

Feeling types are able to empathise and base their decisions on people's feelings - on values and on principles.

Judging types dislike immensely working under pressure. They prefer a planned and organised approach to life. Perception types are really energised by last minute time pressures and enjoy a much more flexible and spontaneous approach to life.

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