Employers today understand that the “fit” of an individual in their environment is as important as the skills they bring to the table. The personality of new employees can either enhance or hinder the existing employment environment, thus more employers utilize personality related questions and exercises to determine the viability of the candidate in their environment. Candidates whose personality is not a fit, may bring down the productivity of the entire team, regardless of how productive they are themselves. Understanding your own personality type will assist in deciding your best employment prospects, and how to answer questions most effectively.
Personality Dimensions is based off of thousands of years of personality type indicators such as those done by Hippocrates, Carl Jung and Myers Briggs. Personality Dimensions divides personalities into four colour categories: Authentic Blue, Inquiring Green, Resourceful Orange and Organized Gold.
The Riso-Hudson personality tests from the Enneagram Institute divide personalities into nine different dimensions: The Reformer, The Helper, The Achiever, The Individualist, The Investigator, The Loyalist, The Enthusiast, The Challenger and The Peacemaker.
Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)
MBTI was created to assist individuals understand the type indicators as described by Carl Jung. A deeper probe than Personality Dimensions, MBTI is broken down into 16 different personality types. The types hinge on: Extraversion / Introversion, Sensing / Intuition, Thinking / Feeling and Judging / Perceiving.
The standardized personality tests of Personality Dimensions, Enneagram and Myers-Briggs are used to professionally determine your personality type. These are useful to understand not only your own personality type, but the archetypes of all personalities. In interview situations, employers will ask questions that relate to temperament. Employers may also include an online personality assessment in their interview process.
Prepare for interviews by accessing one of the many free test options that exist online. Read deeper into your temperament type to determine which employment options may best suit you. Every personality has strengths and weaknesses, and by understanding yourself and others, you can make better decisions about your future.