Looking For a Job
Recently unemployed and actively seeking a new job, Mr H decided to be profiled because he wanted to be sure he would find the best match of people and environment to work in.
Like many people, although Mr H knows himself better than anyone else, he was also aware that in his last two jobs he had definitely had problems with his colleagues, and he wanted to make sure this time would be different and better.
He was particularly interested in how he came across to others and the personality types he would be inclined to get along with best. He felt that if he had this information in his interviews, he would not make the mistake of accepting a job with someone or a team, whom he might dislike.
The profile report highlighted that he was an extremely outgoing and expressive individual, who was fast-paced and subsequently had a very low boredom threshold. He would therefore struggle to deal with slower people, who were more interested in facts and figures than in people and emotions.
Mr H recognised all these traits in the feedback he received, he had just never thought about how his different personality style could work or not work with other peoples’ styles.
The day after he received his psychometric profile report Mr H had another interview, and he contacted me straight afterwards. Many of the phrases and feedback that he’d read in the report, which resonated for him, had been in the forefront of his mind throughout the interview. They had helped him to clarify his thoughts and form his impressions of the interviewers and the company itself.
With this new self-awareness, he felt that he had come across well and had toned down some of his natural vivacity when speaking to individuals who had the opposite personality traits, thereby avoiding alienating them in this superficial environment.
Several days later, he phoned again to tell me that he had been offered the job, which he was going to accept. As far as I know, he is still very happy there!
The moral of the story: self-awareness can give you greater flexibility when in changing environments.
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