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Working in HR means that I often have an abundance of personality profiling type questionnaires available to me. Reminiscent of the 'which shoe / OC character / scent are you?' quizzes that I used to do in the almost EVERY magazine I bought back in my teens, I do love tools which give you a little insight into what makes you tick.

In HR you almost ALWAYS get asked to do the Myers Briggs Type Indicator which is 'an introspective self-report questionnaire with the purpose of indicating differing psychological preferences in how people perceive the world around them and make decisions.'

It can be a really useful indicator to help identify how you will go about things, especially when you consider working together within a wider team.

There are 16 personality types which you might be. You can take the test here for free.

Are you;

An Introvert or an Extrovert
Sensing or Intuition
Thinking or Feeling
Judging or Perceiving

I recently undertook the test as I am working on a career plan and used some resources available to me with my CIPD membership. My MBTI is INFP.

What does this mean?

NFPs are very sensitive and intuitive, often creative and enjoy helping others to develop through insight. They have strongly held values and need to feel they are living their lives according to those beliefs. They are excellent listeners and make very good mediators, but they dislike being personally involved in conflict. They are driven, sincere people, genuinely interested in understanding others and will fight passionately to defend a cause they believe in. 

They have a strong ability to express themselves on paper – many great writers have been INFPs. They are idealists, always looking for meaning in their life and striving to make the world a better place. INFPs tend, however, to be unaware of the more mundane aspects of life and find it difficult to deal with logic and hard facts. They are often perfectionists, which can make them uncompromising members of a team. Under stress they may struggle with their own inner critical voice and will delay both starting and finishing things.

INFPs work best where good intentions and gentleness are valued, where it is possible to practice what is preached and where it is possible to be alone in a crowd.

INFPs work least well under pressure of tight deadlines in an impersonal or regimented environment.

INFPs would be happiest in a role that resonates with their core values and is more of a career than a job.

  • Do it now! Take more action
  • Learn to give and receive feedback in a timely and constructive way
  • Learn to share doubts and dilemmas with others more
  • See deadlines as a helpful framework rather than a creativity stifling process

Examples of commonly chosen career paths:

  • Design / Designer
  • The Ministry / Clergy / Religious Workers
  • Academia / Teachers / Professors
  • Technical Specialist
  • Psychologists
  • Musicians
  • Writers
  • Counsellors / Social Workers

My Preferences


As an introvert, you are likely to:

Be often perceived as quieter and more reflective than an extravert
Be comfortable working by yourself
Want to think things through carefully before you act/speak
Prefer not to be the centre of attention
Like depth over breadth, often working well with thoughts and ideas
Prefer a job in which you have plenty of time to think alone and where there is less need to be sociable


As someone with a preference for intuition you are likely to:

Enjoy making links between different concepts
Be creative, curious and interested in possibilities
Enjoy finding the relationships between things and /or ideas
Look forward to the future and all the possibilities you see in it
Enjoy learning new skills, facing new and challenging problems
Be seen as visionary by others
Prefer to take note of the whole picture rather than the details
Shy away from facts and figures, finding them boring or irrelevant
Often work in bursts of energy


With a preference for feeling you are likely to:

Make decisions and come to conclusions on the basis of feeling
Avoid hurting people’s feelings at all costs
Appear more emotional to others, believing it is ok to show how you feel
Find it hard to make difficult people-related decisions
Make relatively less use of logical analysis in making decisions
Be good at empathising and knowing how others will feel
Want to be liked, even at the cost of being seen as being right


With a preference for perceiving you are likely to:

Prefer to be spontaneous and flexible rather than planned and organised
Approach the outside world in a perceiving attitude, gathering information, exploring and discovering new things
Enjoy going with the flow, being last-minute and often late for things
Prefer starting things to finishing them
May be prone to procrastination and/or disorganisation, but usually managing to pull everything together at the last-minute

So how about you? How did you score? Was it a surprise or just described you down to a tee??

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