In this exclusive article from Phil Careers you will learn more about personality types, how they are useful and how you can discover your own personality type.
Why does personality matter?
Understanding your own personality can be extremely useful when looking for a job or career. Identifying your personality type can help you to develop a greater awareness of:
- what type of work and organisations would be most suitable for you
- what strengths and weaknesses your personality type exhibit
- what motivates your personality type
It can also help you to develop a greater awareness of other people and their personality types. This knowledge can be invaluable when working with others.
How were personality types developed?
The most widely used personality types were developed by Isabel Briggs Myers with the help of her mother, Katharine Briggs. They developed a theory of 16 personality types based on the theories of psychologist Carl Jung.
How can I discover my personality type?
Your personality type is calculated through information you provide in a personality questionnaire. You can take a FREE personality test and learn about 16 different personality types at:
You can also find out the personality type of famous and fictional people throughout history. For example, did you realise that Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King and Mother Theresa share the same personality type? They are all believed to be “INFJ” personality type which is a very rare personality type, making up less than one percent of the population. Nonetheless they leave their mark on the world. As “Diplomats” (NF), they have an inborn sense of idealism and morality, but what sets them apart is the accompanying “Judging” (J) trait – INFJs are not idle dreamers, but people capable of taking concrete steps to realize their goals and make a lasting positive impact.
Whatever your result, it is important to remember that your personality type is intended as a general indication of your character.
How do employers use personality questionnaires?
Some employers use personality questionnaires to determine what kind of personality a potential employee may have. This information can be used to determine how suitable an applicant would be for a role and particular organisation.
Why not share your views?
Did you take the personality questionnaire? If you did, what was your result and how accurate did you find the result?
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