There are plenty of routes to figure out who you are and what you’re all about in this new world you’re about to enter. Today I thought I’d share just one of the quicker ways, the Myers Briggs personality test. Some sites that offer this test also offer possible career paths, but I found that either they offered too few (ex. management, psychology) or too many. I used this site to determine my “personality type” according to the free seventy question test. Then, instead of sifting through their long list of possible careers, I headed over to the original Myers Briggs site to view their description of the traits my answers revealed.
Frank, decisive, assume leadership readily. Quickly see illogical and inefficient procedures and policies, develop and implement comprehensive systems to solve organizational problems. Enjoy long-term planning and goal setting. Usually well informed, well read, enjoy expanding their knowledge and passing it on to others. Forceful in presenting their ideas.
This test is perhaps most useful in its capacity to reveal the language with which to phrase your answer to the dreaded, “Tell me about yourself.” It seems employers ask this vague question when they fear they might conduct a bad interview- “bad” meaning not as informative and insightful as it needs to be to determine whether you’re a good fit for the company, or, worst case scenario, a bad egg. Rather than ramble on about your university and former jobs (all this is on your resume), a brief summary of your schooling and path to the interview, followed by something along the lines of the self-description above, will give a potential employer a succinct and positive summary.
In other words, you want to answer all the questions contained in “Tell me about yourself” in under two minutes, and highlighting your skills as they derive from your personality type (eg. “I enjoy learning” “I’m well-read and decisive” “I feel comfortable in a leadership role, and tend to assume it.”).
This is just one of the many ways to evaluate what sort of career you might be suited for, and an interesting and quick place to start.