3 ways a personality test can enhance workplace success

Personality quizzes like “What type of workout pro are you?” are a fun way to pass the time waiting to check out in the grocery store. Similarly, workplace business assessments are designed to help you learn more about yourself. They could lead you to pinpoint and enhance skills that could help you succeed in your career. There are tests that tell you what color best determines your motivations, or what four-digit letter combination determines the type of communicator you are, for instance, and many others for professional development. Here are three benefits of taking a personality test.

Improve professional relationships
Do you know what drives you to do one thing or another? Do you know how those decisions impact the relationships around you? The Color Code Personality Assessment may help you figure that out. It could be a way to see how much of your personality reflects four core motives: Red is power; Blue is intimacy; White is peace; and Yellow is fun. By understanding your motivations, you may be better able to enhance workplace relationships.

Develop and enhance critical thinking skills
A critical thinking test, like a Watson Glazer appraisal, for example, could help you train your brain to think more clearly. Through a series of questions, you’ll find out how you question, analyze and make decisions under pressure. From there, you may learn and apply the skills needed to get at the heart of relevant information faster. It could also help you to ask the right questions, make better decisions and improve your ability to set priorities, as necessary.

Learn who you really are
How well do you know your true self? One way to assess who you are, and, as a result, be better able to communicate what you want, is to take the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator personality test. After answering a series of questions, you’re grouped into one of 16 different indicators. A combination of Extroversion-Introversion, Sensing-Intuition, Thinking-Feeling and Judging-Perceiving traits make up your individual “personality type.” It could turn out you’re an extrovert, a sensor, a thinker and a judger. Or, in Myers-Briggs terms, an “ESTJ.” Translation: You’re outgoing, logical, take charge, analytical and practical.

Personality tests can shed light on traits you may not have realized you possessed or needed. Any one of these tools may help guide you to success at work.

Article provided by Local Government Federal Credit Union.