Traditionally, the West has emphasized ability, experience and intelligence in its employees, thus recruiting individuals who place well in these categories. The East typically values personality and attitude, hiring new people that get along well with others and leave a great relational impression. We in America are beginning to learn just why this is important in the workplace. Today, many college graduates participate in personality tests so that potential employers can determine how they will or won’t fit in at the office and in customer interaction.
I recently tried out a few very different methods used by online personality quizzes and found them all very interesting and offering different perspectives. While not every quiz is completely accurate for every person, trying a few of them is fun and useful for getting to know yourself!
1. Strategic Business Insights has a conventional question-and-answer format quiz called VALS™ that quickly determines your primary and secondary ‘types,’ or mindsets. The solution is given based on psychological traits and demographic information. I found my primary type to be very accurate but my secondary type to be slightly off-base.
2. Youniverse bases personality results on your selection of a series of pictures that best describes your given attitude towards an idea. For example, I was asked which picture best described ‘freedom’ to me. Out of a dozen or so options, I selected the picture of an open road. Results seem to be best when you pick the first option that jumps out to you rather than taking much time to consider. This was my personal favorite of the three tests and I found it most accurate, as it analyzed different nuances of my personality rather than generalizing.
3. Perhaps the most curious of these three, CareerPath bases its outcome on your attraction (or lack thereof) towards certain colors. You can easily access the quiz HERE. I was astounded at how much somebody’s personality can influence their preference of colors. While not spot on, the results I was given were incredibly accurate.
Take ten minutes to check out these sites and see what you think!