Part of the Belle interview process involves taking and submitting several personality tests. This provides insight to the Belle team on how a potential new team member works and learns as well as the best way to communicate with them before they ever join the team.
3 Personality Tests to Uncover your Strengths
The added benefit of taking personality tests for work is what they taught me about myself in relation to my work style and professional strengths:
1. I’m a Square.
The Shapes Quiz gives you a shape that most accurately represents your personality. I’m a square. As such a boring shape, I’m described as a details and data person, which is actually pretty accurate.
- I’m task-oriented
- I’m structured and organized
- I think sequentially and logically (helpful when I’m creating PR timelines and plans!)
- I’m stubborn
- I’m not fond of change
- I prefer working alone rather than with a team
Ouch. Those cons are not pretty, and it’s actually painful to admit them, mainly because I know that I’m all of those things. However, knowing these things can help me to work on them, which is part of the beauty of taking this test!
2. I’m a Rare Breed
Most people take the Meyers-Briggs test (we use this free online variation) at some point in their lives, usually in school, so this result didn’t come as a surprise to me; I’m an INTJ. What it did do is explain what this means, and more importantly, who I share this type of personality with: Jane Austen, C.S. Lewis and Gandalf the Grey. Did I mention only 0.5% of all females are INTJs?
3. Cue Green Day’s “I Walk Alone”
Ok, maybe not quite so dramatic. I already mentioned that one of the cons to being a square is that I prefer to work alone rather than in a group. The last test, the DISC Profile, showed me just HOW MUCH I prefer to work alone by scoring a 91 our of 100 as being highly individualistic and with project self confidence. I don’t actually consider this a con, but it did show me that I need to work on my ability to work on group projects. I blame college and the awful group projects I endured for this personality trait.
Personality tests really are an incredible way to refocus your energy on improving how you work alone and with others. They can also help you better understand your co-workers, leading to improved working relationships and workplace culture.
What did these tests teach you? Any other INTJs out there ready to mingle? Tweet me at @tara_parsell or comment below!