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MBTI personality test tips

MBTI personality test tips are very useful. Mainly because the MBTI is one of the most popular personality tests used by UK employers for development.

We also offer other tips, as shown below:

16PF personality test tips

OPQ personality test tips

NEO personality test tips

The MBTI is based on the work of Jung. Although he is more likely to have endorsed 3 personality styles (Extraversion- Introversion, Sensing-Intuitive, Thinking-Feeling). Rather than including the 4th personality styles measured by the MBTI (Judging-Perceiving).

It has considerable supporting materials in terms of books and different types of personality test report.

MBTI Relationship Tips to remember 

…when completing the Myers-Briggs personality test are:

  • Firstly, the personality test questions in the MBTI are statement and word pairs. Word pairs are a less common form of psychometric test format than other commonly used personality test questions.
  • Secondly, employers are looking for certain personality traits in any role – as indicators of high job performance in key areas.
  • Also, since the MBTI is for development purposes – not selection – there is no need to consider faking it.
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ISTP Relationships

When it comes to chilled-out lovers, ISTPs take the cake. Virtuosos simply don’t see the point of getting themselves worked up over things that are out of their control. If their crush isn’t reciprocated, that’s fine — they’ll find someone else. To them, there’s no point in trying to change a person, and if a potential partner doesn’t seem like a good match, Virtuosos have no problem moving on.

It’s true that ISTPs can sometimes be considered too chill. As they tend to dislike commitment, their laid-back nature can potentially translate as cold rather than chill. But that’s simply because Virtuosos are all about living for the now. They’re happy to settle down for the right person, as long as that person gives them plenty of space to do their own thing and be their own chill self.

ESTP Relationships

Like ISTPs, ESTPs tend to focus on enjoying the present rather than obsessing over the past or the future. Entrepreneurs don’t want to be held back or brought down by stress, because that will keep them from having the freedom that they thrive on. They value spontaneity and excitement over well-laid plans, so rather than dreaming about their wedding day, ESTPs are more likely to be found thinking about their next fun adventure.

As a result, Entrepreneurs don’t tend to get worked up over relationship strife. An ISTP’s habit of leaping before looking can get them into trouble at times, but it allows them to enjoy their relationships rather than overthink them. People with this personality truly don’t know how to sit still, so while they’re not chill in that sense, their tendency to take action rather than dwell on mistakes and heartbreaks makes them pretty laid-back in relationships.

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ENTP Relationships

Though ENTPs do spend a lot of their time processing and analyzing information, they are prone to taking a rational approach rather than an emotional one. Debaters are more likely than other personalities to be logical and objective. While they might read into text messages or tones of voice, they’ll do so in a quest for empirical evidence rather than simply deciding that a certain text or tone hurt their feelings.

The greatest weakness of ENTPs tends to be their emotional obliviousness (sorry, Debaters, but it’s true). However, being analytical rather than emotional does make them considerably chiller than personalities ruled by feelings. Debaters don’t like to get unnecessarily stressed out. They like to push boundaries, not question them, and while they may not be the most laid-back people in general, these qualities allow them to be a pretty chill in romantic relationships.

INTP Relationships

INTPs can sometimes appear chiller than they actually are, but when it comes to relationships, they’re pretty similar to ENTPs. Logicians have extremely active minds, but if things feel tiresome or pointless, they tend to let them go rather than hold on to them unnecessarily. They may just be the most logical of all the personality types, so if something (or someone) isn’t making sense, they’re not going to fight to make it work.

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Don’t get me wrong — INTPs take their relationships very seriously. But as those with this personality tend to be particularly direct and honest, they’ll work to create mutual understanding rather than trying to read their partner’s mind. For them, minimizing misunderstandings makes far more sense than playing games. They won’t waste their time trying to puzzle over their partner’s body language. After all, why stress when you can simply ask what’s up?

As wonderful as it can be to have a partner, being in a relationship can also come with its fair share of stressors. But if you’re one of those lucky few for whom dating doesn’t cause all that much stress, enjoy it — it will definitely save you lots of headaches along the way.

MBTI Tips

Points to remember when completing the Myers-Briggs personality test are:

  • The personality test questions in the MBTI are statement and word pairs. Word pairs are a less common form of psychometric test format than other commonly used personality test questions.
  • Employers are looking for certain personality traits in any role – as indicators of high job performance in key areas. Since the MBTI is for development purposes – not selection – there is no need to consider faking it.

MBTI first impressions

ENFP First Impressions

  • Energetic and friendly, you are a champion of individual expression.
  • You know how to make people feel included and your warm, enthusiastic greeting tends to put people at ease.
  • While some types keep their distance from new people, you’re usually someone who knows how to make eye contact, smile, and say a cheerful “Hello!”
  • Upon first meeting, most people think of you as being fun, friendly, open, energetic, and equipped with a good sense of humor.
  • They also get the feeling that you’re a non-judgmental person who’s okay with quirkiness and spontaneity.
  • Perhaps one of your most winning qualities is that many people feel like you won’t “judge them by their cover” or expect them to behave “by the book.”

ENTP First Impressions

  • Quick-witted and clever, you tend to come off as an intellectual and someone who values knowledge.
  • When people first meet you, they’re often impressed with your friendly, energetic greeting.
  • Your open, expressive energy and direct eye contact give you an air of confidence and ease.
  • You’re often seen as a good communicator who’s capable of charming people and teasing without coming across as awkward or cold-hearted.

INFP First Impressions

  • Gentle-natured and kind, you’re someone who can make a big difference in groups without being the center of attention.
  • You come across as warm and genuine when meeting people for the first time.
  • Often, you prefer others to introduce themselves to you first.
  • It can feel awkward for you to go up and immediately make introductions.
  • You can do it if it’s required for work or if you’re eager to meet someone, but you are usually relieved when others do the greetings first.
  • When meeting people you tend to be quietly friendly and have an insightful, calm manner.
  • Because of your reflective, introspective nature, you’re likely to pause before responding to people, making sure you’ve fully processed what they’ve said.
  • When you do speak, you seem genuine, attentive, and empathetic.
  • People come to appreciate your intuitive, patient, and unassuming nature because of how much it puts them at ease and creates space for understanding.

INTP First Impressions

Because of your introverted, introspective nature, you’re likely to come off as reserved and somewhat mysterious. You:

  • Enjoy using your intellect to understand concepts and ideas in depth. So your first impression is that of a deep thinker who has insights into topics that others may not know about or fully appreciate.
  • Like to keep the pace slow and calm when speaking to people, making intermittent eye contact and pausing to process what’s being said.
  • Must have time to reflect on what people tell you and you appreciate it when others give you space to think and verbalize your thoughts.
  • Hate it when people try to finish your sentences or talk over you.

Overall, you seem friendly but reserved, and intelligent without appearing pompous.

ENFJ First Impressions

  • You’re a natural when it comes to meeting new people, making engaging conversation, and keeping the energy high.
  • In no time at all, you can find common ground with others and establish rapport through your sense of humor and charismatic friendliness.
  • You tend to speak rapidly, with a lot of enthusiasm and momentum.
  • While certain other types are more reserved, you tend to make direct eye contact and appear sure of yourself.
  • It’s important for you to make the other person feel comfortable and really “seen.”
  • By being as authentic as you can be, you hope to create a safe space for others to be genuine, however messy that may look or sound.

ENTJ First Impressions

You are filled with a determined, commanding energy.

People feel like things are handled and under control when they’re around you.

  • While you’re outgoing and extroverted, you typically don’t like a lot of chit-chat and small-talk.
  • Instead, you prefer to make direct eye contact and state exactly what you want or need.
  • People see you as straightforward, blunt, and confident. You often have a sense of how to get things done and how to accomplish long-term goals. 
  • Others often sense that you’re looking out for their best interest even when you’re critical of them.

INFJ First Impressions

  • Upon first meeting, people often find you calm yet focused.
  • There’s a warmth and friendliness to your demeanor that helps put people at ease and encourages them to speak freely.
  • Yet you also give people their space and are not prone to long bouts of chit-chat or small-talk.
  • Your energy is focused and intense, as if you have a lot going on in your mind.
  • People sometimes feel that you’re a mystery to them, but at the same time feel comfortable being in your presence.
  • You have keen insight into individuals and can quickly see what’s needed emotionally in a situation.

INTJ  First Impressions

  • People are often struck by your quiet, confident presence.
  • You have a focused, intense energy and don’t mind taking charge when a direction needs to be mapped out.
  • During social events, you’re likely to be in a responding rather than initiating role.
  • You’re not likely to walk up to strangers and make a lot of chit-chat, but if people come and speak to you then you will be polite and straightforward.
  • People sense that there is a strong “inner world” inside of you —that whatever’s happening in the moment isn’t as important to you as whatever’s occurring inside your mind.
  • There’s often a strong sense of people feeling like they can’t quite get to know you or that there’s more going on with you than meets the eye.

ESFP First Impressions

  • You have a warm, inviting presence that draws people in.
  • Your energy is upbeat and friendly and you know how to create a fun, casual atmosphere.
  • Because of this, you can sometimes come across as overly bubbly or easy-going to those who prefer a more subdued, formal social style.
  • That said, the spring in your step and your good sense of humor usually give you an aura of likability and charm.
  • Most people see you as energetic, expressive, and lively – as if you’re the person to be around when all the excitement happens.

ESTP First Impressions

  • Whether it’s a party, business meeting, or social engagement, you have no problem taking the lead if things are lacking direction or momentum.
  • You’re quick-witted and confident in your actions and don’t mind being looked at as an authority figure.
  • People are drawn to your go-getter attitude and the focus with which you get things done.
  • You exude competence but can come across as “pumped up” or too intense in a low-key environment.
  • But your charming sense of humor and ability to “read” people fairly easily gives you a leg up in motivating people to take your lead.

ISFP First Impressions

  • Your preferred environment lets you bring your natural gifts as a creative thinker to the forefront.
  • You may avoid crowds and busy social scenes in favor of a more intimate, low-key setting.
  • People see you as laid-back but insightful, observing more than anyone realizes.
  • You’re an excellent listener and people appreciate your sincere, thoughtful responses.
  • Information is collected through quiet observation and reflection – more than through direct questioning.
  • People just sense that there’s some sort of creativity or artistic vision inside of you.
  • ISTP First Impressions
  • Your quiet presence and focused demeanor evoke an aura of mystery and intrigue.
  • While you come across as casual, there’s a deliberateness to your energy.
  • Since you’re analyzing something intensely and keenly aware of everything around you.
  • You’re not much for idle chit-chat but can make a lasting impression through your wry wit or logical, down-to-earth perspective.
  • People often find you to be an enigma at first, but over time learn to appreciate your calm, pragmatic energy.

ESFJ First Impressions

  • A people-person in every sense of the word, you live for social interaction.
  • People usually find you disarming, expressive, energetic, and warm.
  • You value personal connections and your eye contact, sense of humor, and attentive disposition make people feel important and appreciated.
  • Many people find it easy to talk to you; there are rarely “awkward silences” and you like to acknowledge and validate people’s feelings.
  • You like elements of storytelling and often imbue your words with reflections from your past.
  • ESTJ First Impressions
  • Your social presence is strong.
  • You’re a natural leader, decisively taking charge in any situation that lacks direction.
  • Tending to be pragmatic and straightforward with everyone, even when it comes to personal matters.
  • People find you down-to-earth and authentic. “What you see is what you get” is probably a way that you would describe yourself.
  • Because you prefer objectivity, you aren’t often swayed by emotional appeals.
  • Your level head gives people the tendency to look up to you for your sound judgment and practical thinking.
  • You may come across as overly blunt or demanding but underneath, you’re dependable and caring.

ISFJ First Impressions

  • You have a warm and soothing presence, which helps people to relax and feel safe. You don’t seek attention but prefer deep one-on-one relationships.
  • People feel liberated when they’re around you because they don’t have to worry about being judged or competed against.
  • You’re a good listener who recognizes people’s experiences and emotions delicately. People see you as polite, approachable, and down-to-earth.

ISTJ First Impressions

  • You’re usually a natural voice of reason on any team.
  • At first glance, people tend to find you serious but friendly, calm, and insightful.
  • Because of your steady work ethic and attention to detail, people may rely on you as a bastion of stability and common sense.
  • You’re cordial with people but everyone also knows where they stand with you.
  • Because you give off a somewhat formal air, it’s easy for others to respect your confidence and expertise.
  • You consider the practical implications before making any moves, which gives people confidence that things will be handled in a logical manner.

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More MBTI tips

Points to remember when completing the Myers-Briggs personality test are:

  • The personality test questions in the MBTI are statement and word pairs. Word pairs are a less common form of psychometric test format than other commonly used personality test questions.
  • Employers are looking for certain personality traits in any role – as indicators of high job performance in key areas. Since the MBTI is for development purposes – not selection – there is no need to consider faking it.

As one of the most popular personality tests used by UK employers for development, MBTI practice is important to us.

Personality type MBTI tips. Various faces depicting different personalities.

 

More MBTI tips

Points to remember when completing the Myers-Briggs personality test are:

  • The personality test questions in the MBTI are statement and word pairs. Word pairs are a less common form of psychometric test format than other commonly used personality test questions.
  • Employers are looking for certain personality traits in any role – as indicators of high job performance in key areas. Since the MBTI is for development purposes – not selection – there is no need to consider faking it.

As one of the most popular personality tests used by UK employers for development, MBTI practice is important to us.

Personality type MBTI tips. Various faces depicting different personalities.

 

  • Is based on colour.
  • Has the personality types displayed on the INSIGHTS Wheel in the INSIGHTS reports.
  • The full range of personality types or quadrants is displayed here for each individual who has taken the personality questionnaire.

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Points to remember when completing the Myers-Briggs personality test are:

  • The personality test questions in the MBTI are statement and word pairs. Word pairs are a less common form of psychometric test format than other commonly used personality test questions.
  • Employers are looking for certain personality traits in any role – as indicators of high job performance in key areas. Since the MBTI is for development purposes – not selection – there is no need to consider faking it.

As one of the most popular personality tests used by UK employers for development, MBTI practice is important to us.

Personality type MBTI tips. Various faces depicting different personalities.

 

MBTI links to the Big FIve

  • Extroversion: Introversion, shy, quiet, withdrawn, untalkative, inhibited, VERSUS extroversion, talkative, verbal, sociable, outgoing, dominant, assertive.
  • Agreeableness: Sympathetic, kind, warm, understanding, sincere, considerate, VERSUS self-centred, non-conformist, unsympathetic, unkind, harsh, insincere.
  • Conscientiousness: careful, organised, neat, orderly, systematic, precise, practical, VERSUS risk-taking, experimenting, disorganised, disorderly, careless, absent-minded.
  • Emotional stability: emotionally stable, un-envious, relaxed, optimistic, unemotional, VERSUS anxious, neurotic, nervous, tense, fidgety.
  • Intellect: creative, imaginative, complex, philosophical, intuitive, abstract thinking, open to experience, VERSUS uncreative, un-intellectual, unintelligent, shallow, ignorant, short-sighted, sensual, concrete thinking.

INSIGHTS tips

So, there’s another commonly used personality test with a similar type-based approach to the MBTI. This is called INSIGHTS. The test and the INSIGHTS report content are all based on the personality work of Jung which balanced personality traits or energies.

Unlike the MBTI, the INSIGHTS approach:

  • Is based on colour
  • Has the personality types displayed on the INSIGHTS Wheel in the INSIGHTS reports.

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Personality type tests – Psychometric insights

There are valuable insights from ‘how’ a candidate plays a game or completes an assessment. For example, their response time or the choices they make.

Firstly, traditional assessment counts points scored. Secondly, new assessments like work style and game-based assessment collect many more data points. Thus providing so much more information to interpret.

Knowing not only what score a candidate achieved but how they went about it can help you to prevent cheating and spot potential.

Each candidate processes info in a unique way. Plus we all uniquely answer the online assessment. The candidate’s psychometric fingerprint’.

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Work Type Test

The popularity of RJPs has increased as employers recognise the importance of matching applicants’ expectations with the day-to-day realities of working life. Firstly, this realistic info improves the decisions an employer can make based on their applicant data. Secondly, it improves the role fit. Hence job satisfaction increases and employee attrition decreases.

Psychometric fingerprint

There are valuable information and insights that can be gleaned from ‘how’ a candidate plays a game or completes an assessment, such as their response time or the choices they make. In the past, assessing candidates was the equivalent of measuring footballers simply by the number of goals they score. Now, so much more information can be generated. For example, a footballer’s ‘heat map’ can show their movement on the pitch, whether they make productive runs, whether they track-back etc. A similar level of analysis is now possible in the assessment.

We led a UK-wide project managing over twenty occupational psychologists including leading global psychometricians. Over a fourteen-month period, this project encompassed the following: situational judgement tests (SJT) design, realistic job preview design, ability test design (numerical reasoning, verbal reasoning, problem-solving ability test design, spatial reasoning test design) and personality questionnaire design.

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