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Type and Careers—Interests

Sep 25, 2014 in MBTI Talk | 0 comments

One cannot write about vocational interests without referencing John Holland and his six occupational Themes: Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising, and Conventional (forming what is known as the RIASEC hexagon). As you might suppose, there are correlations between these Themes and the preferences of the Myers-Briggs® assessment. As noted in the MBTI® Manual, the Realistic Theme correlates with the Thinking preference, while it’s opposing Theme on the hexagon, Social, correlates with Feeling. Artistic correlates with Intuition and Perceiving, while its opposing Theme, Conventional, correlates with Sensing and Judging. CPP has also looked at the MBTI function pairs in terms of individuals’ confidence in their ability to perform in various interest areas. Those with preferences for SF reported the least confidence in these interest areas. Investigative is the most common Theme for those with preferences for NT. Artistic is the most common Theme for those who prefer NF. Realistic is the most common Theme for those who prefer ST. To learn more, check out the MBTI® Manual: A Guide to the Development and Use of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® Instrument (3rd ed.). If you want to discover how to achieve job satisfaction, be sure to read my last blog...

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How to Succeed at Your Interview By Understanding Personality Type

Sep 23, 2014 in MBTI Talk | 0 comments

I’m sure you’ve read plenty of articles that provide tips and tricks for successfully nailing a job interview, such as dressing appropriately and arriving on time. However, if you know and understand your Myers-Briggs® personality type, you can ensure clear communication with your interviewer and have better odds of making a lasting impression. Read this new Business Insider article to learn more. For more interviewing tips, check out this blog post by MBTI® Master Practitioner, Patrick Kerwin....

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Should Assessment Tests Determine Your Next Career Move?

Sep 18, 2014 in MBTI Talk | 2 comments

I read a recent article in the U.S. News & World Report that talks about how understanding your MBTI® personality preferences and how they interact with career demands can inform more educated career choices. When you have a job that aligns with your personality, values, and abilities, you are more likely to be happy and successful. Click here to read the article. Also, check out my last blog post on how to achieve job satisfaction....

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Type and Careers—Job Satisfaction

Sep 16, 2014 in MBTI Talk | 0 comments

When I’m presented with someone who is just not happy in his or her career, I offer three choices to that person to consider: (1) Do the job as you are expected to do it; (2) Change the job so you are satisfied doing it; or (3) Leave! That sounds kind of harsh as I read it, but I have had people thank me for finally giving them the little kick-start they needed. Stress is one of the most common “dissatisfiers” in the workplace, though we have to remember that different types are stressed by different things. This is a good reminder if you want to try to keep your employees satisfied enough to stay. I like a flexible, friendly, “go-with-the-flow” environment with minimal structure when I work. Other people might find such an environment less than satisfying. To learn more, check out the MBTI® Manual: A Guide to the Development and Use of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® Instrument (3rd edition). As you would expect, there are lots of data on which types are attracted to which careers. Read my last blog post to find out...

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Type and Careers—Occupational Selection

Sep 11, 2014 in MBTI Talk | 0 comments

The data on occupational trends for each of the 16 types in the MBTI® Manual will be updated in the next few years, but it is still quite useful. For example, as you would expect, those who prefer Extraversion gravitate toward work that “allows interaction with a succession of people or that has activities outside the office or away from the desk.” While those who prefer Introversion trend toward work that allows for “solitude and time for concentration.” There are lots of data on which types are attracted to which careers, but we have to be careful not to use this information too prescriptively. Sure, those who prefer STJ tend to be attracted to business school, but that doesn’t mean that those who prefer NFP cannot succeed there. While there are not a lot of people with preferences for ESFP, that doesn’t mean they can’t be great at it. To learn more, check out the MBTI® Manual: A Guide to the Development and Use of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® Instrument (3rd edition). Did you know that any type can do anything? Yet people’s work environment can increase or decrease their satisfaction. Read my last blog post to find out...

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Type and Careers—Work Environments

Sep 9, 2014 in MBTI Talk | 0 comments

Understanding the “likes” and “dislikes” of each of the 16 types was something both Isabel Briggs Myers and Mary McCaulley wrote about. CPP’s MBTI® Interpretive Report for Organizations does a nice job of covering this. It is one of my favorite Step I™ reports to use in most work settings. When I talk about type, I like to point out that any type (that is, anyone with any preferences) can do anything. Yet people’s work environment can increase or decrease their satisfaction along with the tasks the occupation requires. The “Work Environments” section of chapter 12 in the MBTI® Manual, for example, includes research from Quenk and Albert on the work setting preferences of physicians. Anyone with any preferences can be a physician, but a physician’s work environment can significantly affect his or her satisfaction. As someone who prefers NF, if I were a physician (I’m not), I would find most satisfaction in a work environment that I felt encouraged the long-term development of my patients. If I felt like I wasn’t making a valuable difference in my patients’ lives, then I might burn out more quickly. As someone who prefers INFP, I would find most satisfaction as a physician in an environment that honors my values and allows independence in my approach with patients. To learn more, check out the MBTI® Manual: A Guide to the Development and Use of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® Instrument (3rd edition). It includes a great table (Table 12.7) detailing the five most important work environment characteristics for each type. It is important to remember that other factors, such as physical and mental health, interests, and values can have an impact on personality preferences. Find out more by reading my last...

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Type and Career—Assumptions

Sep 4, 2014 in MBTI Talk | 1 comment

Some people assume that taking the MBTI® assessment means that they will learn exactly who or what they should be. This is not the case. There is no magic pill, and anyone who assumes that one instrument (any instrument) can tell you what you should or not do will be disappointed. Personality type is an important part of the puzzle in finding who we are, but we also need to consider factors such as physical and mental health, interests, values, family circumstances, geographic location, job market conditions, and so on. This seems daunting. Sure, it would be nice if there were an easier answer, but there is not. To learn more, take a look at the MBTI® Manual: A Guide to the Development and Use of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® Instrument (3rd edition). To find out what’s fact and fiction about the MBTI assessment, check out this cool...

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Type and Careers—Introduction to Type® and Careers and the MBTI® Manual

Sep 2, 2014 in MBTI Talk | 0 comments

If you haven’t had a chance to take a look at Dr. Allen Hammer’s work on personality type and careers, I recommend you do. Information on Introduction to Type® and Careers can be found by clicking here.  The MBTI® Manual has a wonderful chapter revised by Dr. Jean Kummerow (also of MBTI Step II™ fame) on using the Myers-Briggs® tool in career decision making, job satisfaction, and career counseling (chapter 12). In my next post I’ll write about some of these areas, starting with the assumptions around using the MBTI® tool we first need to consider. To learn more about how the MBTI assessment can be used during the career exploration process, check out my first blog post in this...

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Type and Careers

Aug 28, 2014 in MBTI Talk | 0 comments

I am often asked how the MBTI® tool might be used to help someone during career exploration. I like the Myers-Briggs® tool as part of the career exploration process, but it should not be used just by itself. A tool that I like to use with the MBTI tool is the Strong Interest Inventory® instrument. To learn more about the Strong, click here. You can find out more about the Strong model, how it is used, and so on. To get certified on the Strong (which I highly recommend), visit www.gsconsultants.net. Everything I know about combining the Strong and MBTI tools comes from my training under Judith Grutter at GS Consultants. Please say “hi” to Judi for...

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Responding to Type Criticism—Is the MBTI® Tool Too Positive? (Continued)

Aug 26, 2014 in MBTI Talk | 2 comments

I think the true value of personality type is recognizing that we each have a part of our personality that we externalize and a part that we internalize. I’m referring to something called type dynamics, which really does help me understand the true value of the Myers-Briggs® tool so much more. Instead of describing each of the preference pairs (E–I, S–N, T–F, J–P) separately, type dynamics describes how the preferences interact with each other to identify the driving force (or dominant function, the technical term) of each individual personality type—what we might look like under stress as well as what potential blind spots we can bring to a given situation. For someone who prefers ENTP, for example, the driving force of those preferences is something called extraverted Intuition, whereas for someone who prefers ESTP the driving force is extraverted Sensing—though those two types differ by only one letter. The upshot is that while both types prefer Extraversion, the preference they each show externally is exactly opposite: Sensing versus Intuition. In terms of taking in information, extraverted Sensing is expressed in a “here and now,” step-by-step approach to learning something new, while extraverted Intuition is expressed in a future-focused, patterned approach. I know that type dynamics is quite complex and can get confusing, and I understand why so many people stay at the peripheral level of personality type. However, for those of you who would like to know more about it, I highly recommend reading Introduction to Type® Dynamics and Development by Katharine D. Myers and Linda Kirby. It’s a quick read with lots of practical and meaningful examples. Check it out now! If you enjoyed this post, also check out a recent blog post by Jeff Hayes, President and CEO of CPP, Inc., which includes a response to a recent criticism about the MBTI...

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