How Can A Personality Test Get Me The Perfect Job?

How Can A Personality Test Get Me The Perfect Job?

How Can A Personality Test Get Me The Perfect Job?

According to the ONS Labour Market Overview, conducted in March 2020, the UK’s employment rate is currently the joint highest ever on record, at 76.5%. Even more positively, unemployment is the lowest it has been in over 50 years, at 3.9% - we can’t claim to know yet the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on these statistics, but even without that there are other factors to consider. Like for instance, that the number of job vacancies in the UK has doubled in the past ten years, to 817,000. And 49% of employers have reported difficulties in hiring. It seems like getting the hiring the perfect candidate has become harder, despite the overall high employment figures. 

To put it simply, there’s a lot of competition out there, and you need to make sure that you’re the right fit for any company looking to hire you.

How Do You Match Employers With Candidates?

With Employin5, we do things a little differently. Whilst we want you to make the most of your skills and experience, we also understand that there’s more to the perfect candidate. You want to make sure that your working environment matches your personality, the way you like to work. It’s also important to consider the team you’ll find yourself part of. That’s why we aim to match employers with candidates partially through our personality test. 

The Myers-Briggs 16 Type Indicator Personality Test

The Myers-Briggs 16 Type Indicator (MBTI) is a career assessment instrument. It is one of the tools you can use as a component of a complete self-assessment when it comes to your career. It is based on psychiatrist Carl Jung's theory of personality type. The premise of Jungian theory is that there are 16 different personality types, each comprised of four preferences for how an individual receives energy, perceives information, makes decisions, and lives their life. The 4 main trait categories are:

  • Introversion/Extraversion

  • Sensing/Intuition

  • Thinking/Feeling

  • Judging/Perception

The 16 personality types in the MBTI were created by Isabel Myers and Katharine Briggs. Myers and Briggs wanted to help people discover their own strengths and gain a better understanding of how people are different. Their thinking was that when you discover your own personality type, you'll understand more clearly why you do the things you do. You will gain confidence in your strengths and be better able to make decisions that suit your true nature.

For example, a possible result of Myers-Briggs is ‘INTJ’. If you get this result, you are considered to be introverted, intuitive, and analytical. Whilst you can solve complex problems, think big-picture, and break down complicated issues, you’re not much of a people person. You have a hard time relating to those who aren’t at your level.

Another result is ‘ENFP’. This result means you’re more likely to want to use your imagination to help others and like to be involved in projects that call for innovative solutions. Monotony is the death of you; you’d rather set your own schedule, and you deflate when your creativity is stifled.

Both results contain interesting insights into a candidate’s possible strengths and weaknesses when it comes to their personality types. Awareness of our weak areas can promote extra attention or commitment to improving things we struggle with, or honest communication with supervisors and peers to manage expectations or prevent challenges. Which makes it more likely for you to match up to your next job. 

How Does This Help You In Your Job Search?

While there are many factors to consider during a job search, matching up to your working environment is an important one when searching for the perfect job. But how can one personality test get you that perfect job?

The short answer is that no one test will magically land you the perfect job. But that’s not the point of a personality test. What it should do, is give you an understanding of how your personality fits into a workplace, what your strengths and weaknesses are and allows you to use that in-depth knowledge of yourself so that so that you can get the perfect job. No magic required, just skilled candidates who can make the most of their experience, skills and personality. 

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