How a Personality Test Can Help You Choose a Career

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March 4, 2017
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~ by Anica Oaks ~

Many of us aren’t sure what we want to do for the rest of our lives. But one thing anyone can do to make this choice a little easier is to take a personality test that matches standard personality types up with careers that suit them best. In fact, controversial as it might be, some companies have applicants take personality tests during the interview process to further determine whether or not that individual would be a good fit for the company and position. The fact of the matter is that personality tests can be a very good tool when deciding a career to pursue.

How They Work

Most personality tests that measure your career aptitude use the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, which identifies and mixes eight different personality indicators in combinations of four for a total of sixteen possible personality types. There are other approaches, but Myers-Briggs is by far the most common. Questions in these tests usually revolve around what you like or prefer to do — for example, whether you prefer working alone or in groups. Another take is the Caliper Profile, which asks test-takers to select viewpoints from a list of statements that best matches their opinion.

Why Personality Tests Are Helpful

These tests take into account your viewpoints and preferences and match you up with careers based on what you display an aptitude for. They take into account typical duties of employees in each field and the traits that people who thrive in them need to have. For example, if you exhibit both caring and managerial qualities, you might be a good fit for an online master’s in healthcare administration. Because there are different types of tests that measure personality differently, taking multiple tests and determining patterns in your results will result in the most accurate profile.

You Might Have to Take a Test Anyway

Knowing about and having a good idea of the various personality tests that employers use puts you in a good spot if you ever need to take the tests yourself during the application process. But definitely don’t lie in order to manipulate the results to get the job — instead, be confident that you can pass any personality test potential employers might throw at you because you’ve already taken tests that told you you’re perfect for this role.

Remember That a Personality Test is Only One Tool

While career personality tests can be a very helpful tool, they should only ever be one component in a number of factors that lead you to choose a profession. What you enjoy doing, salary, job outlook, and ability are all factors you should be considering beyond what careers a personality test pointed you towards.

If you’re still trying to figure out what you want to do for a career, whether you’re a college student who needs to declare their major or an employee in a job they don’t like, looking into the various personality tests available to determine what careers you might be suited for could end up being a very good idea.


Meet the Author: Anica Oaks

Anica is a professional content and copywriter who graduated from the University of San Francisco. She loves dogs, the ocean and anything outdoor related. She was raised in a big family, so she’s used to putting things to a vote. Also, cartwheels are her specialty. You can connect with Anica here.

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