Hiring managers, networking contacts, and new acquaintances making small talk often ask, “What made you want to work in your field?” People typically answer by saying that they’ve always been interested in it, or that they have a knack for the required skills. But part of the reason you’re drawn to a certain line of work could simply be that it aligns with who you are.
It seems like common sense to say that individuals are often best suited to careers and work environments that fit their personality type. A well-recognized test to determine your core personality is the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) tool. This test, which assesses a person’s psychological preferences in how he or she perceives the world and makes decisions, assigns people one of 16 distinct personality types.
- An individual’s personality may dictate their career path at an early age.
- Performance in the workplace has been linked to the employee’s personality.
- Work ethics can be improved by placing employees in roles that agree with their personality. Employees who love what they do perform better.