Using Personality Assessments in the Job Search

Are personality assessments a useful tool to consider during a job hunt? Diving deeper into what makes you tick can have positive impacts on finding the right jobs for you. Whether you are clueless about your future career or you have it exactly planned out, personality assessments can help you gain a better understanding of yourself and make you a stronger applicant.


There are several personality assessments available, with Meyers-Briggs being one of the most notable. These assessments are great resources to help you identify your strengths and weaknesses, and they also help you understand how you interact with others and what motivates you. This is important in the job hunt not only because you will inevitably get questions about your strengths and weaknesses but because it will help you evaluate whether the job would be a good fit for you.


This brings up the question of how these assessments can help you pick the right job? One way is to look for jobs that align with your values. For example, if you value working independently, looking for a position with a good balance of teamwork and individual work could be a good idea for you. These assessments are not meant to make decisions for you but rather guide you based on your important values.


So you have taken the assessment, and you have analyzed your results, now what? Although you might understand what an INFJ is, your teammates, coworkers, and bosses may not, so it is important that you understand your results so that you can communicate them to others if you choose. Another assessment that the Purdue CCO recommends is the Holland Code. This assessment helps you determine what majors and careers that might align with your interests and strengths. This assessment differs from others because it helps you narrow your focus to a group of interests that help you choose a major and career.


These assessments can be a great tool in helping you find a job that is congruent with your strengths and weaknesses. These can be applied in all areas of your life but you should be careful not to rely on the results alone because they are a snapshot in time and allowing the results to make your decisions will not allow for growth and development. They are just one piece of the job search. There are many assessments out there so explore and dive deep into the results.


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