Common Career Placement Personality Tests

Many companies use career placement personality tests. These tests are designed to help the company determine whether your personality is a good fit with the job that the company is looking to fill. Most personality testing ask you to rate a statement from "strongly agree" to "strongly disagree" or to rate the statement "always," "sometimes" or "never." There are no right or wrong answers to the questions on personality profile tests.

Meyers Briggs Personality Tests for Career Placement
The Meyers Briggs Personality Test is perhaps the most commonly used employment personality test. The Meyers Briggs Test rates people in four different personality categories: extroverts versus introverts, sensing versus intuitive, thinking versus feeling and judging versus perceiving. After taking this test, you will be classified in one of four groups: the Internal Sensual Group, the External Sensual Group, the Internal Intuition Group and the External Intuition Group.  Each group is then broken down into personality types, resulting in sixteen distinct personalities. 

Each of these personalities may have better aptitudes for a given career than another. For example, if you are introverted, intuitive, feeling and adaptable, or an INFP, you might be a good teacher, psychologist or journalist. However, if you are an ESTP, or an extrovert, sensing, logical and adaptable, you might gravitate towards diplomacy, sales or aircraft engineering.

DISC Personality Test
The DISC Personality Test looks at four categories: dominance, inducement, submission and compliance. Your answers will indicate how well you handle your environment, procedures, people and problems.

If you score high in the "C," or compliance category, you are probably a perfectionist. "Correctness" is your middle name. You want everything to be business-like and want to be organized. You would be prized in a position where you need to use your judgment. However, if you score high in the dominance, or "D" category, you might make a good administrator.

Big Five Personality Test
Another of the personality profile tests that you may take is the Big Five Personality Test. Your test results will be broken down into five areas: agreeableness or accommodation, openness to change, extroversion, conscientiousness or consolidation and neuroticism or negative emotionality. A score in each area will give an indication of types of careers that might fit your personality.

If you have a high score in agreeableness, you would probably make a terrific psychologist. You might be better in public administration or management if you have a low score in this area. These factors, in combination with your other scores, can be used to help determine if a particular career path is right for you.

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