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Personality is Everything!



Unleashing the power of your Myers Briggs Personality Profile in Job Interviews:


If you’re going for a job interview, trying to get the promotion you’ve always wanted, or questioning what your next career move might be – gaining an understanding of your personality profile is a valuable tool and worth doing. It helps you to read the room, see the bigger picture in respect of the relationships you have with your colleagues and senior management, and helps you to pace yourself in terms of when to ask for a promotion.


One of the key ways that organisations evaluate their employees is through personality profiling. Most people who work for large organisations will have taken some form of personality profiling test that is designed to help the organisation understand their employees better, to encourage self-awareness in the employee, and enable better communication for everyone. It can also be used as a tool to decide on whether your personality suits the role that you have your eye on.


Decoding Myers-Briggs Profiling

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) assessment is a psychological tool based on the theories of the renowned Psychoanalyst and Psychiatrist, Carl Jung. It categorises individuals into 16 distinct personality types, each defined by an individual’s preferences in the four dichotomies in the table below:





After answering a lengthy list of carefully prepared questions, you will be presented with a four letter code that outlines one of the 16 profiles that best describes your personality type such as: ENTP or ISFJ, ESFJ or ISFP.


Each profile has its strengths and weaknesses and there is no single personality type that suggests that people with that profile are better than anyone else. For example, you may not want an extroverted, creative person with a tendency to buck traditional norms, rules or processes to be the air-traffic controller at your local airport! An introverted person who makes judgements based on logic, precision, processes and facts might be a better personality type to entrust with a role like that!

​If you’ve never tried a Myers Briggs test or want to be reminded of your personality type, you can try it for free at: www.16personalities.com



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Utilising Myers-Briggs in Interviews

Understanding your MBTI type provides a clever way to tailor your approach to job interviews. By aligning your natural preferences with the requirements of the position, you can effectively communicate your strengths in a natural way that should lead to a positive interview experience. For example, if your profile identifies you as an ISTJ (Introverted, Sensing, Thinking, Judging), emphasise your attention to detail, organisational skills, and reliability.


Communication Mastery

One of the key advantages of Myers-Briggs profiling lies in its ability to enhance communication. By recognising your communication style and that of your interviewer, you can articulate your thoughts in a way that resonates. Whether you're an INFP (Introverted, Intuitive, Feeling, Perceiving) emphasising creativity, or an ESTJ (Extraverted, Sensing, Thinking, Judging) showcasing leadership abilities, the MBTI provides a personal guide to help you explain your unique strengths.


Bridging the Workplace Diversity Gap

Almost all businesses acknowledge and appreciate the differences in personality types through progressive programs such as Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI). Enjoyable workplace culture is about fostering community and embracing the full spectrum of thinking within that community. Collaboration and contribution happen naturally. Ownership and accountability drives the business forward. Myers-Briggs profiling equips you with the awareness to navigate these differences. For instance, if you're working with a colleague of a different personality type, understanding their preferences can foster effective collaboration. Your knowledge of MBTI can bridge gaps and create a harmonious work environment.


Authenticity in Action

While leveraging MBTI insights, authenticity remains the golden rule. The goal is not to conform but to enhance self-awareness and communicate your unique strengths genuinely. Authenticity resonates with interviewers and creates a connection that lasts. By integrating the power of Myers-Briggs into your interview strategy, you position yourself as a candidate with a deep understanding of your capabilities and a commitment to professional growth.





Conclusion


Myers-Briggs profiling serves as a valuable guide, offering a language to articulate your personality style confidently. The more you understand yourself, the easier it is to articulate the way you approach things, and how you like to be approached.


As you embark on your journey to professional success, embrace the insights of the MBTI, decode your unique strengths, and watch as the doors of opportunity swing open!!


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