If you have not heard of the Myers Briggs, or MBTI, but are wondering why it is important, that is great! Myers-Briggs is a tool that many companies use to help their employees with self-assessments, team building, and communication. Many hiring managers know their MBTI and so should you.
The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is a personality assessment that indicates different psychological preferences as to how people perceive the world around them and make decisions. This plays a key role in an organization because of the way employees think, feel and behave will affect the workplace. Most Fortune companies use this test to help their employees become more aware of their interactions with colleagues. Per CPP, the exclusive publisher of the Myers-Briggs test, 80% of Fortune 500 companies and 89 of the Fortune 100 companies have used this test.
As it relates to a job search, this test can indicate who you are, your strengths, weaknesses, potential career paths and more. The test measures your personality type on 4 dichotomies and 16 personality types:
- extraverted or introverted
- sensing or intuition
- thinking or feeling
- judging or perceiving
Why take the MBTI
Based on the results of the Meyers Briggs, you could match your personality type with various jobs. Some personality types are well suited for leadership and making difficult decisions. You may be in a leadership position but feel you are more suited to individual contributor work with little interaction. These results can provide insight into how to be more successful in your leadership role.
You can take a variation of the test here for free: https://www.16personalities.com/free-personality-test
You can also take the test from the official website here: https://www.mbtionline.com/TaketheMBTI
Once you are able to determine your MBTI profile, a Google search will lead you to any of the following and more:
- Others like you and others not like you.
- Your communication style, who you will communicate with easily and who you may struggle with.
- How to get along with other communication styles (your difficult manager!) based on your communication style.
- What job you are well suited for.
- What you look for in work relationships (or a romantic relationship).
Remember, we don’t know what we don’t know. No one took the time to share this insight with us in school. It’s totally okay to not know. You have Career Tracker at your side.
Key Takeaway: This stuff may seem soft and difficult to apply, especially if you’re newer to the workforce and haven’t had to manage people. Let us assure you, this isn’t hokey, and your future self who is managing people (whether that’s direct reports, peers, or even your bosses) will look back and thank you for doing this. We wouldn’t have included MBTI as a topic if we didn’t think communication style was important. Beyond recognizing that your profile can make a difference in your career, it’s kind of cool to know more about yourself.
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