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Introduction to the Career Clarity Program

Personality Profiling

Personality Assessments Overview

Personality assessments are used in career management and professional development to get an objective view of a person’s style, not an exact measure to predict consistent behaviours of an individual.  They do not exist! There are no right or wrong measures in these tests, just preferences.

A personality profiling assessment will help you understand yourself better. Increasing your awareness of personal preferences will also help you understand other people too! It is a rigorous and independent view of how you like to work, the environment you like to work in and the type of work that interests you.

Completing the assessment will also help you to become more familiar with these types of assessments and reduce performance stress when being asked to complete one during an interview process.

Personality assessments are helpful in a range of scenarios throughout your career including:

  • Career strategy and development
  • Career change
  • Improving communication skills
  • Making decisions
  • Leadership
  • Teamwork
  • Conflict management
  • Coping with change

The downside is that these tools are not a quick fix. They need focused time to complete, a chance to reflect on and then integrate into your life. Coaching is needed to help explain the results and help you to integrate the learning. These tools are developed and validated by specialist psychologists and the administration and feedback on the tool needs to be done by a certified coach.

There are some tools available freely online, but they are less reliable, particular if you do not demonstrate clear preferences on one or more of the scales.

Psychometric tools should NEVER be used in isolation without a feedback session. They are to be used as a conversation starter with your career coach or HR trainer to explore and understand your preferences. They use a particular language that can confuse your understanding of the results.

On the positive side, they may also bring new insights about you that need some coaching for you to effectively digest. They build self –awareness, which can help you develop your emotional intelligence. Understanding personality tools can also help you assess the style of other people you work with and can help build effective relationships too.

Personality assessments are used in career management and professional development to get an objective view of a person’s style, not an exact measure to predict consistent behaviours of an individual.  They do not exist! There are no right or wrong measures in these tests, just preferences.

Sometimes personality tools (usually traits) are used in assessments for recruitment exercises. They are particularly useful for identifying the leadership style of a candidate, so they are often used for Senior or Executive appointments.

Understanding personality and preferences 

We all have natural instincts, but it is not that easy to see them without feedback or being able to observe ourselves. Our instincts turn into preferences in the workplace and can influence the right role for us to even how we successfully communicate with other people.

Try this quick activity to see how your natural preferences are instinctive.

  1. Pick up a pen or pencil
  2. Which hand did you use?
  3. Is this the hand you usually use? Your left or your right hand?
  4. How does this feel?
  5. Put the pen down and pick up the pen again with your other hand. Your right or left hand?
  6. How does it feel to pick up the pen in your second preference hand?
  7. What does the first preference feel like compared to the second preference?

The selection of your left or right hand as your natural preference is an example of natural preferences. Your natural preferences are made without any conscious thought or effort. We all have a range of natural preferences however, it is hard to identify them without self- reflection.

Next Steps 

In the next section we will go deeper into personality type and how this relates to your career choices and satisfaction.