According to the HR Business Magazine, three-quarters of HR recruitment professionals are now using psychometric testing, and 78% agree that it is a ‘powerful tool’ for hiring. The Myers-Briggs Personality Test is entrenched in business culture and taken by more than 2.5 million people a year!
So, what is it exactly? Quite simply, Myers Briggs is a psychometric test based on 16 personality types. There are eight styles split into four pairs. You can ask yourself the following questions to understand the meaning behind each of the four pairs…
Extraversion (E) or Introversion (I) – Where do you get your energy from? Do you prefer to focus on the outer world or on your own inner world?
Sensing (S) or Intuition (N) – Do you prefer to focus on the basic information you take in or do you prefer to interpret and add meaning?
Thinking (T) or Feeling (F) – When making decisions, do you prefer to first look at logic and consistency or first look at the people and special circumstances?
Judging (J) or Perceiving (P) – In dealing with the outside world, do you prefer to get things decided or do you prefer to stay open to new information and options?
Each pair can be defined as a set of scales. You may prefer one style more than the other or be an equal balance of the two. Although you have preferences, you still use all eight styles – in the same way, that most people are right-handed but they still use both hands!
Why take the test?
- Provides information about your “bright side”, but also your “dark side”
- Helps you better understand yourself
- Helps you better understand your colleagues, your friends and loved ones which can improve your relationships
- Recognise your habits that emerge at times of stress and difficulty
- Make clearer perceptions and sounder judgements
- Helps you with career planning
Your result is an abbreviation – four letters. My type is ISTJ – Introversion, Sensing, Thinking and Judging. All types are equal, there is no best type! I sat the test back in 2009 after I graduated from University. You can carry out online research about your type and what you can find out is very interesting… Strengths, Weaknesses, Career Paths, Relationships, Workplace Habits to name a few! What’s important is how you use your findings to your advantage and how you change your habits, if necessary in everyday life.
Spare 12 minutes now to complete the test?
If you wish, you may share your results below… anymore ISTJ’s out there?!
You can also visit http://www.myersbriggs.org/ to find out more.
Until next time…