When you are searching for a new job, it can be tempting to submit your resume for any career that fits your skills and promises a good salary. Before you begin the application process, it might help to know a bit more about yourself. This is where leveraging personality tests can be very useful.
A personality test is different from a career test, in that it goes more in-depth about who you are, what you value, and what motivates you to do your best. When you know these things about yourself, you can design a more targeted job search – and can add some of the traits and values to your resume, setting yourself apart from other applicants. In the end, taking a good personality test could mean the difference between settling for another job and finding the career of your dreams.
Here are three great free personality tests that you can take today.
The Jung typology test is a survey consisting of 64 statements. You are asked to respond to each statement with a response ranging from “strongly disagree” to “strongly agree.”
Statements vary and cover a wide range of general personality indicators. Below are examples of three statements:
You are almost never late for your appointments.
You feel the world is founded on compassion.
You prefer to act immediately rather than speculate about various options.
After completing the questionnaire, you are provided with a personality profile based on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. Scoring is used in several areas, including Introvert, Extrovert, Rational, Feeling, Judging, and Intuitive.
Once you receive your personality type, you can learn more about your strengths and weaknesses and access some of the other site resources on careers and relationships. Many resources are freely available, although the more informative reports can be accessed only with purchase.
Test: Personality indicator questionnaire
Time Commitment: About 15 minutes
Cost: Free to take the assessment, $19 to purchase the full report
During the Keirsey temperament sorter, you are given 70 statements and asked to choose one of the two options that finishes each statement. For example:
At a party, do you:
Interact with a few friends.
Interact with many, even strangers.
Do you most often see:
What is right in front of you.
What can only be imagined.
Based on your responses to these statements, you will be categorized within one of their Four Temperaments. The temperaments are Artisan, Guardian, Idealist, and Rational.
Each of the Four Temperaments are further broken down into specific personality roles:
Artisan: Promoter, Crafter, Performer, Composer
Guardian: Supervisor, Inspector, Provider, Protector
Idealist: Teacher, Counselor, Champion, Healer
Rational: Field Marshal, Mastermind, Inventor, Architect
After you receive your personality type, you will have the chance to read narrative statements about yourself, your strengths, and your interests. When you register for a free profile, your results and a report will be emailed to you. Sign up takes about 3 minutes and requires a valid email address.
Test: Personality temperament sorter
Time Commitment: 20 minutes
Cost: Free, products and services available for companies wanting to use Keirsey in the workplace.
16 Personalities is another Myers-Briggs type assessment, with a series of statements that you are asked to rank according to preference. You are asked to respond to these statements as naturally as possible, thinking of which response best represents your true self.
After you have completed the assessment, you will be assigned a personality archetype, which can be found within one of these four categories:
Analysts: Logician, Architect, Commander, Debater
Diplomats: Advocate, Mediator, Protagonist, Campaigner
Sentinels: Logistician, Defender, Executive, Consul
Explorers: Virtuoso, Adventurer, Entrepreneur, Entertainer
Once you know your personality type, you will be provided with narrative breakdown of your personality, including your strengths and weaknesses, and what career fields might be best for you.
16 Personalities is one of the most charming free personality tests available – they even have cartoon avatars associated with each personality type. They also have a full suite of assessment tools and tests, all available for purchase.
Test: Personality assessment
Time: 20 minutes
Cost: Free for the assessment, 259-page report available for $29. You can purchase all the assessments on the 16 Personalities website for $169.