Once upon a time, an error free resume, the display of a pleasant disposition at the interview, and a few good references are enough for you to secure a new job. These days however, companies are moving their hiring process from hiring based on your paper qualifications, to new hires based on personalities!
Hiring managers believe that these pre-screening test will ensure that they hire the right candidates with the correct attributes needed for that specific role and/or the right personality to fit in to the company culture. While there are absolutely no right or wrong answers to these questions, these personality tests can be tricky in the sense that although the candidate may have control of the outcome, he/she has no prior knowledge of what result is in line with the hiring criteria.
Out of the many personality tests out there, one of the most well-known is probably the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), where you will be classified into four different dichotomies – Extrovert or Introvert, Sensing or Intuition, Thinking or Feeling, and Judging or Perceiving – which combines to make you into one of the 16 personality types labelled by the combination of initials. (For instance in the above picture, an ENTJ personality type can be read as: Extrovert, Intuition, Thinking, and Judging.)
There are long write ups for the 16 profiles, assessing the strengths and weaknesses of each particular personality type, and even the types of career that matches. Whereas there are no strict rules that a leader have to be ENTJ (ENTJs are labelled as strategic leaders by natural), there is a certain amount of science behind, to justify why a certain personality type will excel more in a certain role in a business organization.
While there are no time limit for the MBTI test, it usually takes up to 30 mins to complete the 93 questions. Twinword Mind uses similar dichotomies and word associations to allow you to find out about your personality type in under 10 mins. (1/3 of the time!)
Disclaimer: Twinword Mind is not in any way associated with the MBTI test.
There are 3 ways of doing the test:
The free association test works by generating a stimulus words list, whereby participants are required to give an intuitive answer in the form of a word. For example, the participant is given the word “sky”. Based on the given word, he/she is required to fill in the first word that comes to his/her mind.
The word choice test requires participant to choose their preferred word between two given words. The test consists of 48 questions, where participants are required to pick the word that best describes them.
The slider test requires participant to choose their preferred word on a measurable scale between two given words. It is similar to the Word Choice method, just that participants now have the choice to choose to what degree one of the two words best describes them.
I am an ENTJ. What about you?
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