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4 Reasons why you should take a Personality Test

Have you ever wondered why some people just do not understand you? It could be your boss or your partner! How do you normally react to life's events and crises? Are you excited when there is change happening around you? or do you resist any slight change in circumstances?

One quality shared by successful people in business and life is that they have a fundamental understanding of who they are and how they react to life’s curve balls and events.

Do you know who you are?

Discover how you can maximize your potential by understanding your personality.This will be beneficial to you in both your personal and professional relationships.

Personality test benefits

Conducting a personality test or psychometric assessment test gives you an opportunity to discover who you really are. It leads you into a journey of self discovery and reflection and you are able to obtain a better understanding of how you view the world. You learn more about yourself, the meaning you attach to events, your biases and even your daily happiness comes from your perceptions. Is your world a happy place, or is it hostile? Do you expect good things or do you look over your shoulders expecting something bad to happen?

Secondly, conducting a personality test will help you know how to relate with others and the world we are in. Personality assessments measure an individual’s character traits. Personality traits describe the choices a person typically makes when relating to others and to the world around him or her. These traits are things that enable us to empathize with others and predict how they may behave in certain circumstances.

In the workplace, it is common to encounter a mix of different personalities, viewpoints, past experiences, expectations, communication issues and conflicts. How can you get such different people to work as an effective team? How do you improve communication? How can you resolve and prevent conflicts? How can you help employees succeed in today’s fast-paced environment? How do you establish an effective work environment?

Understanding your employee’s personality will help you understand how they work, the type of work in which they will excel in, and how they will associate with their peers and manage their teams. This builds more effective work relationships based on understanding different behavioral styles. Better employee and workplace communication means efficiency at both individual and company levels.

Thirdly, understanding your personality enables you take control of your actions and reactions to the world around us. We all respond differently to situations around us.

Have you ever watched two people deal with the exact same situation differently? Perhaps it’s an illness, a delayed flight, lost luggage, financial turmoil, a major life event. One person will always find a way out, with a glass half full mentality while the other focuses on gloom and doom. Why does this happen?

Your personality influences the kind of questions you ask.......

Your personality is the road map in which your mind reacts to the world around it. It will provide you with answers to the following questions:

  • How do you handle surprises?
  • How much information does your mind need to make a decision?

Do you prefer logic or do you go with the flow?

When forced with a decision, your mind goes through a process to answer the query.

Knowing your innate processes gives you leverage over your mind. Leverage over your mind is the key to maximizing your personality. Why?

You can stop the process and force yourself to ask better questions. You can therefore consciously choose a better resolution.

This is because taking a personality test helps you understand what is innate to your personality and how you see the world. If you understand how you are pre- wired, then you consciously take the steps needed to quickly change the thought process. In the end you will be in control of your thoughts, your mind and you can maximize outcomes. Instead of reacting to what happens to you, you can make the world react to you.

Lastly, understanding your personality is the first step in the advancement of your career, those who get to the top of their careers reach there because they know who they are, they have discovered what makes them tick and what makes them clank and have then endeavored to get coaching and mentoring.

The writer is a certified SHL International Assessor for Psychometric Personality testing, and a trained coach and can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.