Personality Tests & Career Development

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Personality tests can be a great way to gain an understanding of yourself, your motivations, behaviour, and passions, as well as the way you interact with the world. This can be incredibly helpful when it comes to improving your career prospects as it can give you insight into your strengths and weaknesses, and how to utilize them to your advantage.

In this blog post, we’ll cover the basics of personality testing, how you can do it yourself, and how you can use the results to advance your career.

What is a personality test?

When it comes to personality testing, there are many options available and many organizations use personality tests as part of their hiring process, so if you’re looking to apply for a job, it’s worth familiarizing yourself with these tests.

The most popular test, which you may have heard of, is the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), which is based on Carl Jung’s theories of psychological types. This test is focused on how you take in information, how you make decisions, and how you interact with the world. By understanding these traits, you can gain an insight into how you’d likely behave in different work environments and roles.

You can also do personality tests yourself. There are a number of online tests available, such as the Jung Personality Test, the 16 Personalities Test, and the StrengthsFinder Test. These tests will ask you a series of questions about your behavior and preferences, and then provide you with a result that can give you insight into your personality type and how you might best fit into certain roles.

Along with DiSC - an assessment which helps to identify workstyle preferences, determines how a someone would interact with others, and provides insight on work habits and preferences - we use - and highly recommend - i3 Profiling.

How is i3 profiling different to other personality tests?

First and foremost, the i3 instrument produces a unique result for each person being tested. This highly individual focus makes it almost impossible to compare to other tests, and puts it in the highest category of test instruments, because such an individual test is likely to produce far more pertinent information than a generic one.

The test is revolutionary and was developed independently from, and outside of the normal psychological arena. This too makes it far harder to assess within the context of traditional tests, whose effectiveness is based on test data within a formal framework of shared psychological data.

Significantly, some of the world’s most famous tests have emerged in a similar way to i3. The now famous Myers-Briggs personality test for instance, was initially developed in an informal environment by Myers and Briggs, neither of whom was formally educated in psychology, yet became world leaders in the field with their new instrument. As the test became increasingly recognized, it grew to be the universal standard for personality measurement.

As the i3 Profile is used to provide insight and self-realisation – rather than being merely a restricted measure for psychological, legal or academic purposes - it is free of academic standardisation and evaluation.

This has enabled it to be significantly broader in scope than many of its counterparts. i3 is able to provide a wide range of personal data with a single instrument, in a single evaluation, rather than having to employ the traditional battery of test instruments.

To discover more differences between i3profiling and other standardised personality tests, download our information booklet here.

i3 Personality Profiling

How can personality tests help in your career?

Once you’ve taken a personality test and understand your results, you can use them to help you advance your career.

Self-awareness is critical for success in any career, as it can help you understand how you interact with others, how your skills can be applied to different situations, and how you can improve your productivity.

Understanding your strengths and weaknesses can help you focus on what skills, such as communication skills, problem-solving skills, or interpersonal skills, you should be developing, and which roles you’d be best suited for.

Knowing these areas can help you be more conscious of how you react to different situations, so you can better anticipate how people may respond.

In addition to understanding your own behavior, tests such as i3 profiling dynamix can help you understand the behavior of those around you and how you interact. Understanding how people think, feel, and respond can help you better collaborate with them and work together to achieve success.

You can also use the results to help you find mentors and networking contacts, who could help you to hone the skills and experience that employers are looking for.

Finally, self-awareness can help you identify opportunities for improvement. You can use the insights gained from a personality test to develop a growth plan tailored to your own strengths and weaknesses. This can help you focus on the areas where you can make the most progress, increasing your chances of achieving success in your career.

Overall, taking a personality test and increasing your self-awareness can be a great way to help you get ahead in your career. It can provide you with valuable insight into your own behavior and that of those around you, and help you identify areas where you can focus your efforts to improve your performance.

Ready to find out more about i3 Profiling?

If i3 profiling sparks an interest with you, then we can use the tools to support:

  • career coaching,
  • recruitment,
  • onboarding,
  • outplacement,
  • understanding team dynamics, and
  • developing individuals.

This is Career Planning that focuses on people as individuals.

For clients who are interested in behavioural profiling, Beverly is an Accredited profiler and Licenced Trainer for DISC.  Contact us to find out more.