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  • Writer's pictureMichele Andorfer

Benefits of a Personality/Strengths Test

Learning more about ourselves and those around us is key to becoming the best versions of ourselves. However, sometimes we might need some extra help to understand different aspects of our personalities.


Personality tests can help us do that, with many different options offering different perspectives on who we are, how we feel, and what’s important to us.


Every personality test has its own strong points for assessing how we’re wired, but all of them can help us to improve our self-awareness and allow us to maximize our potential.


Not only that, but it can help us work better with others as well. If we know how we and those around us function, it’s easier to spot which traits are compatible and which aren’t.


Ultimately, having a better understanding of what makes us tick can only be a good thing! Here are eight personality tests to check out. Which of these have you heard of, or tried?


StrengthsFinder

This free strengths test, also known as HIGH5, helps to identify people’s natural strengths. While you can work to build up any skill, this exercise seeks to uncover your unique strengths sequence, so you know what you would likely naturally excel at.


Enneagram

Available here via Truity, the Enneagram assigns you to one of nine personality types. Each one comes with its own set of motivations, fears, and internal dynamics that can help you understand yourself better.


Myers Briggs

Placing people into 16 personality types, Myers Briggs assigns people based on four key factors: extraversion vs. introversion, judging vs. perceiving, intuition vs. sensing, and thinking vs. feeling. While it’s very widely used and therefore easy to compare between people, at 93 questions, it's a fairly long assessment.


Caliper Profile

The Caliper Profile is commonly used by employees during the application process because it measures how personality traits relate to people’s workplace performance. It includes a variety of question formats, from choosing value statements to true or false and multiple-choice.


16 Personality Factor Questionnaire

This test looks more closely at people’s behavior, particularly at how it relates to career development and employee progression. The traits it takes into account include dominance, rule-consciousness, sensitivity, emotional stability, perfectionism, self-reliance, and willingness to change.


SHL Occupational Personality Questionnaire

The SHL Occupational Personality Questionnaire, also called OPQ32, is another example focused on work performance and how it might be influenced by personality traits. It’s another long one, with 104 questions that measure 32 key characteristics across the themes of emotions, thinking style, and interpersonal relationships.


HEXACO Personality Inventory-Revised

HEXACO measures six key personality dimensions: honesty/humility, emotional stability, extraversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, and openness to new experiences. There are three versions of different lengths (200 questions, 100 questions, and 60 questions), but it’s worth noting you likely need to pay for the longer version.


DISC personality test

This test gets its name from the categories it measures: dominance, influence, steadiness, and compliance. You’ll be presented with 28 statements, each with four options for how you identify with them, ultimately resulting in receiving one of 12 different personality types.


The Birkman Method

The Birkman Method is an online assessment that measures personality, social perception, and occupational interests all at once. With 32 scales altogether, 10 that describe occupational preferences, 11 that describe effective behaviors, and 11 that describe interpersonal behaviors and environmental expectations, this test is excellent at taking social context into account when identifying personality traits.

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