Personality Profile

Written by Serena Berger
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A personality profile can be useful to an individual in many ways, whether he or she shares the results with anyone or keeps them private. Companies often use them, as well, though there are some legal issues surrounding their application to hiring. For that reason, the focus in business settings is typically on building teams and understanding communication differences with the help of a professionally administered personality profile.

The Most Common Personality Profile

Take, for example, the Kiersey Temperament sorter. This personality profile asks questions about how you like to work or communicate, and then classifies you as one of 16 types, based on four dichotomies. Introverted/Extroverted is one of those, and can help people you work with understand different communication styles or group dynamics without judgment.

Another dichotomy explored by the Kiersey profile is Perceiving/Judging, which refers most often to whether you tend to make quick decisions and implement them with strong commitment, or whether you like to leave things open-ended. There is a place for both kinds of people, but as a supervisor, it often gives you insight into why an employee does what he does or how to help her do better if you have a handle on this sort of natural proclivity. While labels can be too narrow and you have to be aware of that, they can also provide you with shorthand that facilitates communication and understanding.

As an individual, it can actually be a lot of fun to take personality tests, and you can use the results as much or as little as you wish. Some of the sites which offer all sorts of employment-related tests include personality tests that generate helpful tips along with your results. That could mean anything from giving you some pointers about taking constructive criticism more productively at work, or about making sure you don't get taken advantage of by a bad boss and stand up for yourself when you should.


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