One of the reasons why professionals struggle with their careers or under-perform at their jobs is that their work or career does not match their personality!
When hiring someone to do job, it’s easy to see what skills and training they have acquired or what types of jobs they’ve previously performed from their resume.
What is not so easy to see is how that same person’s personality traits will fit in with that of other employees or how their personality will thrive on a daily basis after you’ve have hired them.
That is why you need to take a personality test … an instrument that is used to measure or assess the characteristics of your personality.
Personality tests are sometimes more accurately referred to as a personality inventory since the use of the word “test” implies a right or wrong answer must be given.
However when it comes to personality test, there is no right or wrong assessment but rather an objective, independent assessment of suitability for a career or a job.
Personality tests are simply a series of questions designed to gather information used in assessing general personality characteristics.
When administered properly, personality tests are effective for building successful teams.
The results from a personality test can give you good insight into what personality types work best together and what type of work is more effectively done by certain types of people.
Please note that: personality tests are not guaranteed to be accurate and people can change or adapt overall personality … even though that is not easy!
So, Is there a personality test that is accurate?
The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) personality test was first developed in 1943.
During the more than 60 years it has been used, it has been perfected as an accurate personality indicator and when the more accurate, complete version of the test is administered, the results can be alarmingly accurate.
The MBTI groups uses 4 Type letters to distringuish16 unique and different personality types based on the answers to a Myers-Briggs personality test.
What are these 4 Type letters and what do they mean?
The idea that someone is an introvert vs. extrovert does not necessarily mean one is extremely outgoing and the other extremely shy. But rather, it implies from which perspective they tend to view situation: From within, or from without.
Sensing vs. Intuitive is similar to the introvert/extrovert in that it implies whether decisions are made based upon the physical senses or an intuitive knowing from within.
Thinking vs. Feeling suggests the process of thought and decision making as to whether it is done by concrete thinking or logic or based upon a feeling.
Judging vs. Perceptive describes if a person comes to conclusions based upon a logical criteria or based upon an inward perception.
Here are the 16 personality types based on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator for use in determining how suited you are for a career or job:
ISTJ Personality Type – Introvert Sensing Thinking Judging
To the ISTJ personality type, order and schedule is of utmost importance. and no sacrifice is too great to an ISTJ when it comes to keeping unity.
Even though they tend to have difficulty expressing emotions and what they think and can come off as being uncaring, they tend to develop strong and loyal relationships with others.
The ISTJ easily takes on responsibility. Because of this, they fit in well with any aspect of the IT profession in planning and inspecting, management, scheduling, auditing or accounting.
Spontaneity and abstract thinking is not a plus to the ISTJ personality and the ISTJ will remain consistently strong in everything they attempt.
ISFJ Personality Type – Introvert Sensing Feeling Judging
To the ISFJ, work is very important.
In terms of the IT Professional, they effectively fill the roles of protecting and supporting though they will work hard at any position as they have a strong sense of duty.
They may even remain silent or let others take advantage of them just to avoid conflict. This can be beneficial in business as they tend to put up with complaints for the sake of harmony.
INFJ Personality Type – Introvert Intuitive Feeling Judging
Inspiring and insightful, the INFJ personality tends to do well as a developer.
INFJ often inspire others and tend to succeed in creative situations.
This personality type does not enjoy tension and can come off as quiet or even disinterested. But, don’t be fooled. Beneath this unassuming exterior is a ton of ideas waiting to come forth and when these ideas are properly tapped, they come alive.
They will also jump at any chance to learn and broaden their horizons.
INTJ Personality Type – Introvert Intuitive Thinking Judging
The INTJ is very independent and may be perceived as being arrogant.
They may even appear to be argumentative, but this is the way they learn.
They like to see change for the better and can be intolerant of stagnation.
They do well in work environments where systems are set up to achieve maximum output.
They do well in management, consulting, computer programming and as Directors.
ISTP Personality Type – Introvert Sensing Thinking Perceptive
The ISTP personality may take charge in fixing a problem.
They are ready to try anything at least once.
They are spontaneous and do not like others to control them.
They do not enjoy routine work such as that of an administrator or researcher.
They shine in problem solving spontaneously with a tangible goal such as Analyzer or Operator.
ISFP Personality Type – Introvert Sensing Feeling Perceptive
The ISFP personality tends to be non-imposing.
They fear standing still and enjoy a challenge when working with people.
They do well when they can produce new thought patterns.
They do well in fields that involve composing and producing.
INFP Personality Type – Introvert Intuitive Feeling Perceptive
The INFP Personality type tends to bring harmony and clarification to the table.
They do not like conflict at all. In fact, there’s very little an INFP won’t do to avoid conflict.
They do have a desire to help others. Teaching and training is an excellent position for the INFP.
They also do well with research, design and human resources and they tend to crave working hard in whatever position they are placed.
INTP Personality Type – Introvert Intuitive Thinking Perceptive
The last-minute planner, the INTP adapts well to fast changes.
They need to find a challenge in their work. If they don’t find a challenge, they will grow discontented and depressed.
They are excellent at problem solving and theorizing.
They are excellent at strategic planning, writing, computer programming and design.
ESTP Personality Type – Extrovert Sensing Thinking Perceptive
The ESTP Personality thrives on being the center of attention.
They have a lack of order and tend to never plan as they see planning as a waste of time.
They love daily changes and refuse to get stuck in a rut.
In terms of the IT profession for the ESTP, they do well as an executor or in a role where they can be the promoter.
ESFP Personality Type – Extrovert Sensing Feeling Perceptive
The ESFP personality lives in the moment and does not make plans easily if at all.
They can be viewed as hyper or shallow as they push for excitement.
They do not like confrontation. They do, however, make great motivators or presenters or any position that provides instant gratification.
ENFP Personality Type – Extrovert Intuitive Feeling Perceptive
The ENFP personality tends to be extremely loyal and will look for the best in others along with always looking for new possibilities.
They can appear to be over positive or insincere.
They have a need and a desire to work with people and they want to have fun in their work.
They make for great human resource development trainers, designers, and advocates.
ENTP Personality Type – Extrovert Intuitive Thinking Perceptive
The ENTP personality thrives on enthusiasm.
Though they will become excited enough about ideas to promote them, they don’t always follow through on these ideas.
They like to be challenged and stimulated in their work. Computer science, financial advising, teaching, computer or systems analyst are great career choices for the ENTP.
ESTJ Personality Type – Extrovert Sensing Thinking Judging
The ESTJ personality is a born manager.
They are dependable but tend to volunteer for more work and responsibility than others.
To an ESTJ, everything must have a plan.
They tend to fix what is broken and do a job correctly.
They tend to be loyal to the company. They make great managers as well as supervisors.
ESFJ Personality Type: – (Extrovert Sensing Feeling Judging):
The ESFJ is seen as a scheduler.
They are usually neat and enjoyable to be around.
They do well where organization is involved and they also make great listeners and are loyal.
They like to serve, facilitate and be the caretaker. Jobs in computers, science or consulting can be stressful to the ESFJ personality.
ENFJ Personality Type – Extrovert Intuitive Feeling Judging
The ENFJ personality tends to be known as a communicator and have an understanding of other people.
They are drawn to situation where they can interact with others who will challenge them.
They do not do well in careers that involve a great deal of detail or paperwork.
They do, however, make great mentors and envision well.
ENTJ Personality Type – Extrovert Intuitive Thinking Judging
The ENTJ is a natural leader.
They even enjoy confrontation and they tend to be the classic corporate type of personality.
They are not afraid to challenge old ways of doing things with more successful methods.
Business consultants and network integrations as well as strategists are careers where the ENTJ thrive.
My Final Thoughts:
Each of these 16 personality types will fit better into some Information Technology careers than others and that it’s where the Myers-Briggs personality testing can help you.
Regardless of how much you want a career or a job, you will find it hard to succeed if your personality does not match that required for the job and you don’t change your personality to match it!
If you choose to change your personality for a career or job, you can hurt yourself in the process, which will negate the benefits of doing that job!
so you may be better off choosing a career that suites your personality than forcing your personality to fit in.
As a manager, director, project manager or human resources professional, you can place people in roles where they’re most likely to succeed alongside based on results from properly administered Myers-Briggs personality test.
In the end, the proper use of personality testing can lead to more productive work place.
So, What Is Your Myers-Briggs Personality Type?