Some employers ask you to take a plum personality test when you apply for a position. They ask you questions about how you respond to happenings at work, they ask you a few questions about your personal motivations, and only some of it says who you are.
Taking the plum personality test made me want to share a post where I make public the results of my personality test with this audience. It also might be interesting to compare test results to how I actually see myself, because, after all these years, I am pretty sure that I know myself very well.
Because I did not want to pay for a personality test, I chose to not go directly to a very official website where you can be assessed and have your findings explained by a psychologist. However, if you like that sort of thing, or if you think the findings of a serious professional might be interesting to you, then go ahead and take the full plunge into those waters. I was fine with taking two regular (and free!) tests which I found here and here. That’s right, I took two tests to compare notes!
Before I tell you my results, let me tell you more about the concept of taking a test to assess your personality type and my brief thoughts on it:
There are sixteen possible combinations that you can have, from extroverted or introverted to thinking and feeling. I don’t think it says whether you will be a better employee, or whether you will land that promotion, however, it does claims to know what your personality and reactions to things or life might be according to how you answer a series of multiple-choice questions. If it resonates with you, then it might provide you with a bit more insight into who you are. Or, if it doesn’t, it was just a shot in the dark and you know yourself better anyway.
So, here we go…
The 1st Test:
Here’s what they say about my personality type:
MY THOUGHTS ON THE RESULTS:
To be honest, this read felt really accurate. It hit on some of my major values, and it also spoke to who I am as a person. However, I sincerely think that we can’t care about other people and their plight’s enough, and you can care while maintaining a cool head and a steady heart (so as to not get so caught up emotionally in another person’s struggle that you are unable to live your own life). I don’t think you are at risk if you care.
The 2nd Test:
I clicked on the ENFP personality type description, and here’s what they said:
MY THOUGHTS ON THE RESULTS:
This reading resonated with me as well. I definitely love people (a whole lot), I can’t begin to tell you how “zany” my charm is, and I definitely am unconventional in a lot of ways. I go by the beat of my own drum, and I do what feels right to me. It is super easy to approach me, and generally, I don’t judge people until and if they have given me a big reason to (and even then I leave the door open unless they’ve done something that is truly heinous and unforgivable). I disagree with them when they say that ENFP’s can get easily distracted: when I’m at work I’m a work; I put my best foot forward, and I work hard as part of a team. I accomplish every task with hard work, dedication, and a creative mindset.
Next, I clicked into the section where they listed the careers that ENFP personality types should explore/be a part of, and they did include the performing arts, literature/writing, and marketing (among other things, including, strangely enough, social work – which I switched out of in university because it just was not for me):
So, that’s it!
What do you think?! Would you ever take a personality test? Have you ever taken one? And if so, did you find the results of the test to be accurate? Let me know (in one way or another)!