When it comes to personality types, Molly Owens has you covered. As CEO of Truity, a California-based provider of online personality and career assessments, and developer of the TypeFinder® personality type assessment, Molly sees firsthand the benefits understanding your personality and how it affects your personal and professional lives can bring.
Tell us about Truity, its history and its mission.
When we started Truity, we wanted to make it easy for people to take robust, scientifically validated personality and career assessments online, on their own terms. These types of assessments have been around for decades, but unfortunately, they have traditionally been available only through psychologists at a very high cost. We wanted to make the powerful self-insight that comes from assessment available to everyone.
Our mission has always been to create open access for individuals to learn more about their personalities and allow everyone to get essential insight into how their personality shapes their decision making, work preferences, and relationships with others.
What are Personality Type Assessments?
Personality type assessments provide insight into the stable traits and characteristics of the individual taking the test. The ultimate goal of a personality assessment is to help you understand how you are unique and different from other people. These assessments look at core aspects of who you are, what you value, and what motivates you.
How does this compare to Briggs Myer (or is it the same)?
Tests based on the Briggs Myers theory are one style of personality assessment which assign individuals a four-letter personality “type.” Not all personality assessments give results in terms of a type, but types can be extremely useful because people then have a quick shorthand for identifying key aspects of themselves, like how they relate to others and structure their lives.
How can Personality Type Assessments help individuals plan a successful career?
When you learn more about your personality, you’re making an investment in your career. Personality type assessments help individuals discover their personal and professional strengths and motivations so they can make informed decisions about the trajectory of their career.
By using personality type assessments, individuals can learn crucial information about their approach in relating to other people, decision-making style, leadership style, and other important indicators that can mean the difference between a happy, successful career and just a string of unrewarding jobs.
There are a number of free tests available on Truity.com. How can individuals leverage these assessments?
Truity’s free tests and quizzes can be great tools for individuals who are starting to explore the career search process, and want to gain some insight into where their strengths and interests lie.
Tests like the Holland Code Career Test, the Personality Strengths Inventory and the TypeFinder Temperament Quiz can help individuals start to understand the key factors of their personalities that are important for the job search. This knowledge can help job seekers begin to direct their search toward the careers and roles that are best suited to their strengths. Moreover, taking the different tests on Truity can help individuals understand different aspects of their personalities so they’re better able to address them in interview and/or networking situations.
Individuals that understand their personality tendencies are more prepared to discuss how they will handle different work situations, how they will manage workplace stress, and how likely they are to be engaged by their role.
Which assessments are best for those individuals trying to figure out what they are best at?
For individuals who are making serious decisions about their careers, we recommend our two professional-quality assessments, the Career Surveyor and the TypeFinder personality test.
The Career Surveyor is based on the Holland Code system, which is one of the most established career assessment theories used today. Holland Code assessments help you to categorize your interests and understand how they relate to careers. They answer questions like, “Would I enjoy the day-to-day work of being a doctor?” or “Am I suited to a career in the arts?”
The TypeFinder is based on the Briggs Myers theory of personality, and helps individuals to identify their core ways of thinking and dealing with the world. Taking a Briggs Myers assessment prior to choosing a career ensures that you have a deep understanding of who you really are, so you can select a path that will be satisfying and take advantage of your natural strengths.
What assessments are best for those who have already started a career and have stagnated?
For individuals who are not sure they’re in the right career, I would suggest the TypeFinder® and Career Surveyor assessments. The TypeFinder assessment will help the individual understand what motivates them, how their energy style may be affecting their work, and how their decision-making plays a part in their success. Once an individual learns more about their personality type, the Career Surveyor will help to determine what specific careers are the best fit for that individual.
Is the Career Surveyor service just for college students or recent grads or can it be used mid-career?
No, the Career Surveyor is most often used by college students and recent grads, but can also be a very helpful tool for individuals who want to assess their career trajectory later in life. Because your career interests can change over time as you have different experiences, it is actually a good tool to use mid-career to make sure your professional goals are still aligned with your interests.
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