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Most people have heard of the Myers-Brigg Type Indicator (MBTI) thanks to its prevalence of being shared across social media platforms. However, some may not realize that this in-depth personality assessment is highly regarded and used as a form of pre-employment assessment across a multitude of industries.

While personality tests aren’t pass/fail, it is important to understand how they are implemented and assessed in order to prepare yourself for a fair and accurate evaluation of your personality and skills.

The 16 Personality Types

The Myers-Brigg assessment is based off the Carl Jung principle that discusses a multitude of personality types and how each personality type will behavior differently in a variety of situations. The MBI goes beyond a general assessment of personalities and breaks down a personality into four of the 8 conflicting personality types – introverted vs. extroverted, intuitive vs. sensing,  thinking vs. feeling, perceptive vs. judgmental.

Each personality type is indicated by four letters that represent one of these traits. Here is an explanation of each of the 16 personality types:

ISTJ

ISJT stands for Introverted, sensing, thinking, judgmental. This personality type is considered to be hardworking and gravitates towards positions of authority. They are highly focused on professional development and tend to follow the rules without fault. Here are some careers in which ISTJ personalities thrive:

  • Law Enforcement
  • Litigation Roles
  • Admins of High-Demand Positions
  • Government Jobs

ISTJ Strengths: highly responsible, honest, well-organized

ISTJ Weaknesses: judgmental, has trouble seeing grey areas, stubborn

ISFJ

ISFJ stands for introverted, sensing, feeling, judgmental. Those with this personality are hardworking and put customer service ahead of personal interest. They are puzzle solvers who enjoy mediating daily struggles and conflicts. Here are some careers in which ISFJ personalities thrive:

  • Educators
  • Nurses
  • Customer Service Agents
  • Management Roles

ISFJ Strengths: joyful, hard-working, practical thinkers

ISFJ Weaknesses: overly shy, don’t like change, tend to overwork themselves

INFJ

INFJ stands for introverted, intuitive, feeling, judgmental. These individuals are highly creative and have an overwhelming need to express themselves in order to process emotions and thoughts. They make deep connections with people and are compassionate. Here are some careers in which INFJ personalities thrive:

  • Child Protective Service Workers
  • Journalists
  • Novelists
  • Doctors

INFJ Strengths: inspirational, determined, compassionate, creative

INFJ Weaknesses: very sensitive, become bored easily, are perfectionists

INTJ

INTJ stands for introverted, intuitive, thinking, judgmental. Those with INTJ personality do not thrive in group work settings but can self-manage very well. They can be harsh on themselves and demand perfection, which leads to stellar work results. Here are careers in which INTJ personalities thrive:

  • Repair Workers
  • Lawyers
  • Computer Programmers
  • Auditors

INTJ Strengths: open-minded, self-reliant, hard-working

INTJ Weaknesses: can be self-absorbed, insensitive, and judgmental

ISTP

ISTP stands for introverted, sensing, thinking, perceptive. These individuals are often unsatisfied with routine but flourish in ever-changing environments. They react well under pressure ,which makes them a value in emergency situations. Here are careers in which ISTP personalities thrive:

  • Emergency Medical Workers
  • Call Center Operators
  • Firefighters
  • Pest Control Providers

ISTP Strengths: full of energy, very practical, laid back while under pressure

ISTP Weaknesses: get bored easily, tend to lack long-term commitment skills, can be insensitive

ISFP

ISFP stands for introverted, sensing, feeling, perceptive. Those with ISFP personalities don’t like being told what to do but they excel in situations where they must come up with a plan on their own. They are extremely creative and curious. Here are careers in which ISFP personalities thrive:

  • Photographers
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Clothing Designers
  • Writers

ISFP Strengths: empathetic, artistic, inquisitive, personable

ISFP Weaknesses: can be erratic, competitive, and get stressed easily

INFP

INFP stands for introverted, intuitive, feeling, perceptive. These individuals enjoy working with others and in customer-facing roles. They are great at being personable and empathetic to the needs of others. Here are some careers in which INFP personalities thrive:

  • Editors
  • HR workers
  • Therapists/Counselors
  • Child Wellness Advocates

INFP Strengths: go with the flow, passionate, empathetic

INFP Weaknesses: tend to have their head in the clouds, are not analytical thinkers, can be impractical

INTP

INTP stands for introverted, intuitive, thinking, perceptive. These individuals tend to behave the most outwardly “introverted.” They prefer to work alone and do well being their own boss. They solve problems quickly and enjoy the challenge of doing so. Some careers in which these personalities thrive are:

  • Financial Analysts
  • Post-Secondary Educators
  • Architects
  • Mechanics

INTP Strengths: very enthusiastic, task-focused, analytical

INTP Weaknesses: overly private, tend to be inadvertently condescending

ESTP

ESTP stands for extroverted, sensing, thinking, perceptive. These individuals love seeing the fruits of their labor but tend to be impatient while waiting for them. They give 100% at all times but take it personally if they are not praised for their efforts. Here are some careers in which these personalities thrive:

  • Law Enforcement
  • Athletics
  • Military Careers
  • Finance Positions

ESTP Strengths: they go with the flow, are upfront about their feelings, get along well with others

ESTP Weaknesses: Very impatient, tend to take on risks, can be rebellious

ESFP

ESFP stands for extroverted, sensing, feeling, perceptive. These people love being friendly and making the days of others. They tend to be bubbly and overly concerned with others well-being. Here are careers in which ESFP individuals thrive:

  • Nursing
  • Sales
  • Event Planning
  • Decorating

INTP Strengths: caring, observant, empathetic, great people skills

INTP Weaknesses: their minds wander, don’t prepare for the future, are easily bored

ENFP

ENFP stands for extroverted, intuitive, feeling, perceptive. These individuals crave variety and excitement and that is reflected in their career goals and behaviors. These individuals thrive in careers like:

  • Teaching
  • Engineering
  • Marketing
  • Consulting

ENFP Strengths: high energy, aren’t fazed by change, great communicators

ENFP Weaknesses: classic overthinkers, become stressed under pressure, find it hard to focus

ENTP

ENFP stands for extroverted, intuitive, thinking, perceptive. These are considered the “classic extrovert.” They are well-spoken and focus heavily on solving problems for themselves and others. ENTP personalities thrive in careers like:

  • Management
  • Engineering
  • Marketing
  • Producing

ENTP Strengths: lots of energy, highly knowledgeable, strong logical reasoning skills

ENTP Weaknesses: Tend to not follow-through, can be argumentative, often intolerant

ESTJ

ESTJ stands for extroverted, sensing, thinking, judgmental. These individuals are easy to count on thanks to their consistency. They value their work and have good follow-through. Careers in which they thrive include:

  • Supervisory Roles
  • Sales
  • Judges
  • Auditors

ESTJ Strengths: organized, dedicated, loyal, and have great follow-through

ESTJ Weaknesses: Not very laid-back, easily stressed, don’t express themselves well

ESFJ

ESFJ stands for extroverted, sensing, feeling, judgmental. These individuals are fantastic at organizing their work and their thoughts. They excel in places where expectations are clearly set and attainable. Some careers in which they may thrive are:

  • Social Work
  • Sale
  • Accounting
  • Corporate Work

ESFJ Strengths: high sense of loyalty, practical thinkers, good interpersonal skills

ESFJ Weaknesses: can be needy, don’t take criticism well, ten to overshare

ENFJ

ENFJ stands for extroverted, intuitive, feeling, judgmental. They love helping others and are incredibly selfless – sometimes to a fault. They are very empathetic and are great at reading emotions. Here are careers in which they thrive:

  • Management
  • Sales
  • Coaching
  • Public Relations

ENJF Strengths: great communicators, natural leaders, reliable

ENFJ Weaknesses: very sensitive and tend to have a hard time making decisions

ENTJ

ENTJ stands for extroverted, intuitive, thinking, judgmental. ENTJ love being around other people and do well making decisions with a team. They are natural leaders and tend to become the loudest voice in a crowd. Careers in which they thrive include:

  • Lawyers
  • Post-Secondary Education
  • Principle/Dean
  • Management

ENTJ Strengths: lots of energy, strong-willed, very confident

ENTJ Weaknesses: can be impatient, are often stubborn and arrogant

How to Prepare for the MBTI

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