The Myer-Briggs Type Indicator is a personality test that’s widely used by HR professionals and job candidates. It gained popularity around World War II and its purpose is to help understand people and their personalities. This allows people to choose a career they might actually enjoy. It also helps recruiters in selecting candidates whose personalities match their job description.
The personality test asks candidates about 90–100 questions of how they may act in a certain situation, and based on their responses, it categorizes them into 4 basic personality types.
Candidates who portray sociable, outgoing and assertive behaviors are categorized as extroverts. While those with quiet and shy attitudes are regarded as introverts.
Those who prefer routine and order are the sensing type. While those who rely on the subconscious processes to make decisions and look at the bigger picture are intuitive in nature.
Thinking types solve problems through logic and reason. Feeling types, on the other hand, rely on their feelings and emotions to guide them.
Judging personality types want to be in control. They prefer their lives to be structured and in order. Perceiving personality types are spontaneous and flexible.
According to the test, there are 16 types of personalities. For instance, INTJ (introvert, Intuition, Thinking, Judging) and ESTP (Extrovert, Sensing, Thinking, Perceiving) are classified as one type of overall personality. Each combination identifies a person by one personality trait from each of the 4 pairs.
INTJs are said to be visionaries with a great drive and original ideas. They are independent, critical, skeptical and often stubborn. The main purpose of the MBTI test is to categorize each person into one of the sixteen personality types of the test.
MBTI has many benefits when it comes to recruitment. For recruiters, it helps in assessing whether the candidate’s personality is a right fit for the position. And it also helps candidates find the right career opportunities that they’re more likely to enjoy and be successful in.
Assessing your employees’ personalities also helps in team-building. Knowing which personalities will work well together helps improve communication and teamwork among members.
MBTI also leads to diversification. With its help, you can ensure that each team consists of different types of personalities so they can bring their best to the table. This approach can bring a variety of ideas, opinions and can be very beneficial for the organization.