In the present day, the majority of companies started to realize that the personality of every employee may contribute to their performance. In other words, every worker may be highly valuable if his or her personality suits an obtained position. Thus, multiple organizations currently apply various psychological tests to choose candidates in order to evaluate the potential effect of their personality and individual characteristics on productivity and organizational culture.
The Myers-Briggs type indicator test is among personality tests that aim to indicate the person’s potential in relation to his or her desired position. It measures dimensions of human preferences, including extraversion vs. introversion, sensing vs. intuition, thinking vs. feeling, and the organization of a personal world (Varvel et al., 2003). On the basis of the company’s values, vision, mission, structure, and major strategies, candidates for positions in management and non-management may be chosen in the most appropriate way (Yang et al., 2016). If the company requires a leader who should mainly inspire his or her subordinates, the candidates with preferences in intuition, feeling, and spontaneous approach to the world will be more suitable. In turn, people who focus on details, logic, planning, and punctuality will be preferable for companies that require organized management. The same approach may be applied to non-management positions – those employees who are more spontaneous and adaptable extraverts inspired by feelings and emotions may generate new ideas while working effectively in teams. In turn, organized introverts who value thinking and attention to detail will provide productivity.
In addition, the Myers-Briggs type indicator test may be highly essential for the evaluation of employees’ source of motivation through the dimension of extraversion vs. introversion. Extraverts who get their energy from people and the outside world will be motivated by external factors such as a healthy working atmosphere and financial incentives. At the same time, introverts who concentrated on their inner world will be motivated by external factors, including individual attitudes and values in relation to work.
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