I’m sure at one point or another, we’ve all taken a professionally-purposed Personality Test. Say what you will, but each and every time I’ve ever taken one, they blow my mind with accuracy.
While a lot of companies will use Personality Tests to help them with the hiring process, I’ve been a part of many groups that use them to help improve a team working environment or get acclimated to a new leader. And maybe I’ve just had way too much corporate Kool Aid in my time, but they really do help. And don’t worry, if you don’t have budget to do all of the official quizzes, there are plenty of free versions on the Internet that will suffice.
Here are a few of my favorites and why I think they could help you:
The Five Love Languages. While this one has been famously used in marriage counseling and parent/child relationships, this one has helped me professionally countless times. My Love Language is “Quality Time.” I also score highly in “Acts of Service” and “Words of Affirmation”, but score very low on “Physical Touch” and “Receiving Gifts.” Knowing this, my boss can determine how to recognize me for a job well done, my colleagues know how to thank me for great partnership, and if something unfortunate happens, my colleagues know how to comfort me.
Strengthsfinder 2.0. Something you’ll see on virtually every corporate office worker’s bookshelf is the Strengthsfinder 2.0 book. While it seems super corporate-y, the result is actually relatively meaningful. Through a series of questions, it helps identify your strengths and relates them to your professional and personal lives. It also offers action points to make sure these strengths continue to remain positive. You can buy the book, which comes with an unique access code for the test, or you can take a free version (doesn’t necessarily sync with the Strengthsfinder results).
Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. Perhaps one of the most famous personality tests, this test identifies your personality type based on four dichotomies (Introvert vs. Extravert; Intuition vs. Sensing; Feeling vs. Thinking; Judging vs. Perceiving). The series of questions gives you a four letter result (I’m EIFJ) and a full description of what that means. These dichotomies and their possible combinations can help a work atmosphere relate and react to one another. The Instrument provides a comprehensive review and result analysis, but there are plenty of free versions on the Internet. I’ve taken this one.
Did you take any of these tests? What were your results, and how can you see yourself using them? Tell us in the comments!