Thoughts on Personality Tests and Career Archetypes

I like taking personality tests, career tests or any type of assessment that helps me better understand who I am from a new perspective.

My advice about personality, career, and all other assessment tests: Take them. Take every single one you come across and always be honest because….wait for it….THEY ARE FUN!

My New Career Archetype

My most recent “assessment” was from a rather popular salary assessment website called their “Career Archetype Assessment.”

Rob Ferguson is a Magician

Results: APPARENTLY….I’m a MAGICIAN!!!!

The Magician archetype is all about the power of transformation. Magicians have an ability to make a vision a reality, not just for themselves, but for others as well.

Strengths
A strong Magician archetype means you have a strong belief in your own ability to change the world. Often the Magician can change a negative situation into a positive one just by redefining the issues or changing goals to meet the new situation.

Traps to Avoid
Too often a Magician will spend time waiting for the miracle to happen, rather than putting in the effort to make it happen. Procrastination and over complication of simple solutions can be traps for the Magician.

If you have a strong Magician presence you will feel at home in an organization with a clear vision that gives you enough autonomy to effect change.


 

What is hilarious about this assessment is that I am not a procrastinator but I do find myself waiting around for other people to get things done.

The quiz was fun so all is well in the kingdom.


Some of the more reputable personality tests include:

Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator
Taking the test results in one of 16 types with titles like “ESTJ” and “INFP”. These refer to four polarities (such as extroversion / introversion and thinking / feeling). The test is used to assess preferences without easy links to strategies or role models, so really require an expert to interpret the results and translate it into effective action.

Wealth Dynamics
Wealth Dynamics has rapidly grown into the most widely adopted profiling systems for entrepreneurs and business owners around the world. The reason for its success is that it links both your strengths and weaknesses to your preferences, and then gives you clear role models and strategies to follow. It takes the very best of MBTI, DISC and Strength Finder, and delivers to you a system that is intuitive, relevant and easy to explain to others.

The Sixteen Personality Factor (16PF) Questionnaire
The 16PF is a personality inventory that measures the 16 normal-range personality traits identified by psychologist Raymond B. Cattell and fellow researchers. Later, five global (or second-order) factors were discovered. The 16PF assessment scores both the broader, second-order traits as well as the more specific and precise primary traits. The assessment is commonly used in the workplace but also in academic and counseling settings.

Dominance, Influence, Steadiness, Conscientiousness (DISC)
The DISC assessment is based on a four-quadrant behavioral model identified by William Moulton Marston. The test assesses the behavior of individuals within certain situations. Behavior is grouped into four major personality styles, each of which tends to exhibit specific characteristics common to that particular style.

Caliper Profile
The Caliper Profile is a commercial assessment that measures 25 personality traits related to job performance. The instrument is used for hiring, performance improvement and team building and is designed to provide information on an individual’s strengths, limitations, motivation and potential.

McQuaig Word Survey
The McQuaig Word Survey (WS) is a measure of four personality domains that capture core aspects of the widely established “big five” personality factors. It is organized into 21 word sets, each consisting of four descriptors (a tetrad) – one from each of the four personality domains. Respondents rank order the trait-descriptors within each of the 21 sets based on the degree to which they are self-descriptive. WS interpretations and recommendations are based on seven basic profile patterns and their subsets.


About The Analytical Consultant

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