Professional personality assessments may not be as trendy as their BuzzFeed counterparts, but knowing your results could set you apart in interviews. Imagine the immediate connection you could make with a recruiter if you share the same personality results.
While employers enjoy knowing how their employees view the world, they really appreciate having an office that is self-aware. If you know exactly how you can use your personality strengths to improve a company, that’s a definite plus. Being self-aware also means that you’re willing to learn and can better implement criticism.
Here are three of the most well-known and respected personality quizzes around the world:
The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, commonly referred to as MBTI, is perhaps the most widely used personality assessment. With this tool, you can officially find out whether you’re an extrovert or introvert, among other identifiers. After answering extensive but simple questions, you will receive a four letter personality designation.
MBTI is designed to identify psychological preferences in how you perceive the world. By knowing your results, you join a community of like-minded people. You can even see which historical figures, celebrities, and fictional characters match your type. See this old JingJobs post on which careers are best for your MBTI type.
This assessment asks questions based on five different traits: openness, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness, and neuroticism. After answering a series of questions, Big Five determines which of the five traits you prefer most. This in turn helps you identify learning styles and work environments where you thrive best.
Take Big Five here.
Sometimes people joke about love languages, but there’s actually an official quiz you can take to understand how you best express and accept love. People prefer one of the following categories the most: gift giving, quality time, words of affirmation, acts of service, or physical touch. The Five Love Language assessment will definitely help you become more self-aware. Plus, gift givers sometimes find that they can decrease spending when they recognize that their love language is causing them to make unnecessary purchases.
Take Love Languages here.
Taking personality assessments should be on every young adult’s professional development to-do list. So next time you go to BuzzFeed’s ‘Quizzes’ tab to find out which pizza topping you are, consider spending that time taking a professional personality assessment instead. After all, it’s much more likely to come up in future conversations!