How would you feel about taking a personality test when applying for a job? Well in the US this kind of procedure is quite commonplace. In fact it is estimated that over 90% of organisations use some sort of psychometric testing as part of their selection and assessment procedure.
Personality tests are becoming a popular way for employers to look under the hood of their employees. One of the most respected is the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator or MBTI, and it provides an accurate interpretation of a person's work style and aptitudes.
In its simplest form, the MBTI is a pen-and-paper exercise that will enable an employer to figure out who you are, decode your personality-type, understand how you naturally work and recognise how others may see you. It's also supposed to be good at detecting how creative you are.
So let's give it a go. The test consists of four questions. Each question has two possible responses. For example, in Question 1 you can answer either E or I.
Take a pen and paper, and select the description that suits you better. When you have finished, you'll be left with a four-letter personality type, such as ESTJ.
Start the test
Question 1: Favourite world
Do you prefer to focus on:
-The outer world (E)
-Or on your own inner world? (I)
Question 2: Information
Do you prefer to focus on:
- The basic information you take in (S)
-Or do you prefer to interpret and add meaning? (N)
Question 3: Decisions
When making decisions, do you prefer to:
- First look at logic and consistency (T)
-Or first look at the people and special circumstances? (F)
Question 4: Structure
In dealing with the outside world, do you:
- Prefer to get things decided (J)
- Or do you prefer you stay open to new information and options? (P)
So, what do your answers reveal about you?
Your answers to the questions above have given you a four letter code - this is your work personality type. To understand what your MBTI type means, look at the explanations below
Question 1 is asking, 'where is your energy naturally directed?' Psychologists agree that all of us have two sides to the way we look at our world that complement each other. One is directed towards things outside of themselves. The other is directed inwards toward their own thoughts, interests, perceptions and reactions. However, each person has an innate preference towards either the outer or inner world.
Therefore, Extraverts (E) will tend to be more expressive, social, act before thinking, easily distracted and play a more dominant role. Whereas Introverts (I) are more reserved, cautious, think then act, prefer to work 'behind-the-scenes' and private.
Creative individuals tend to be more extroverted (E) rather than introverted (I) so you'll have needed an (E) for this answer.
Question 2 is promoting you to consider what kind of information you naturally notice and digest first.
Sensors (S) notice the facts, details and realities of the environment we are in. They are realists, practical, analytical, pragmatic, like to use established and trusted skills, and will make decisions based on trusted past experiences.
Intuitives (N), however, tend to be more imaginative, trust their gut feeling, think about the bigger picture, willing to learn new skills and work in bursts of energy.
Creative individuals tend to be more intuitive (N) rather than sensory (S), so you'll have needed an (N) for this answer
Question 3 asks 'how do you come to conclusions'?
Thinkers (T) as you might expect, make decisions based on logic. They will be more analytical, motivated by success, take few things personally and often identify flaws in their (and others) work.
Feelers (F) will make decisions based on emotion and personal belief. They will be diplomatic and tactful, take things personally at times, need to feel appreciated by their peers and will avoid conflict as much as possible.
Creative folk are more thinking (T) than feeling (F) so the answer for this one is (T)
Question 4 is making you understand the kind of environment you feel the most comfortable in. All of us use Judging (J) and Perceiving (P) to process and store information. Yet one will naturally take precedent over the other.
Judgers (J) favour a structured, ordered and fairly predictable environment. They make most decisions relatively easily, are sticklers for punctuality and live by the rules.
Perceivers (P), on the other hand, like to keep their options open, are flexible and adapt easily to their environment. They thrive on spontaneity, are more casual in their time-keeping and can have difficulty in making decisions, often needing others to take the lead on their behalf.
Well creatives are more (P) perceiving rather than judging (J) That means your final answer should be: ENTP
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