I’m not a lover of tests. Whether it was tests in school, medical tests or tests at work, I’m not a fan. So why is it that when I see quick little tests on Facebook that my friends take, I’m intrigued? Now there are many that I chuckle at… for example, I saw one this past week that would tell you what your “Old Lady” name should be. Nah- count me out on that one. Today was different though.
Someone I trust, fellow writer Lisa Rosendahl, posted a link to a blog by a mutual friend, Jennifer McClure. Jennifer participated in a personality test and offered a free code for readers to participate. I tend to feel confident that I know who I am and how I feel, but I was curious, so I participated.
The test was designed to share how others see you based on your responses. I must admit, I wasn’t surprised by the results. My assessment basically said the following about me:
- I am ambitious, focused and compelling.
- I provide influential leadership that leads to results
- I have strong opinions and very high standards for myself and others.
There were a few more nuggets, but those were the major ones in the report. The real value for me came in the part of the assessment that told about what would not be a good work environment for me. I don’t know that I’ve ever taken one before that addressed that specifically. Here’s what I learned:
- Other people should not put me on a work treadmill and expect me to do well.
- If people try to over-manage my agenda, I won’t stay motivated.
- I like to drive my success, so I need to be in charge of my own deliverables.
As I think through those things, it really makes sense. When I think back to jobs that were good but just not the right “fit” for me, it usually was because they were highly-controlled, over managed workplaces. Not the ideal setting for someone with my personality and skills.
I think having the extra portion of the assessment that shares how the assesse might work best, it sets you up to really evaluate your own work situation. If you’re like me and find this interesting, I invite you to check out Jennifer McClure’s post and get your free code/ assessment today. It just might make you approach work differently.
My overall opinion of standardized tests – especially personality or job-related – changes often. Why? I think it depends upon the nature of the test and that test’s quality. Some are so transparent that an accurate result is almost impossible. Example: I think it is wrong to steal from my employer.
There are other tests that provide insight to both a prospective employer and the candidate/employee. I recently needed to show examples of my own professional traits but didn’t want to rely just on my own words. I used random personality tests found online to showcase my own strengths AND weaknesses.
Now, I admit to being curious about the work environment test. Thanks for a great post.