If you’ve come across an HR executive, you’ll soon realise that most of them are obsessed with personality tests. And there’s a good reason why! Personality types give us an insight into how a job candidate will pan out to be.
As a recruitment agency in Singapore, we’re no sceptics to the Myers-Briggs Personality Test. In fact, you might also want to check out an article that lists the ideal careers for extroverts in Singapore (here).
ENTP Extroverted, Intuitive, Thinking, Perceiving
The ENTP is a natural debater. This is a personality that enjoys interacting with people who feed them information that entices their natural curiosity. Individuals with this personality type are interested in gathering information and spotting connections that others might have overlooked.
ENTP’s hate conforming to the status quo. As natural debaters, people with these personality types are more inclined to pick jobs in industries such as business or even law. Or anything that provides these individuals with the challenges they need.
The ENTP hates mundane jobs. They don’t mind the routine, but their job must be challenging enough to stimulate their brain on a daily basis. These individuals are natural-born leaders and so, need positions where there is growth or the potential to lead. The worst workplace for an ENTP would be one with a rigid hierarchy. Close-minded organizations and careers that demand secrecy are also unsuitable for these easygoing personalities.
Positions unsuitable for the ENTP personality:
Administrative positions (i.e. receptionists, admin assistants)
- Customer service
ENTJ Extroverted, Intuitive, Thinking, Judgement
Unlike their timid, introverted counterparts. The ENTJ is a booming personality, that exudes charisma and confidence. These individuals are also described as assertive and outspoken. Someone with this personality enjoys discussing abstract and theoretical ideas - instead of concrete details.
Generally, the ENTJ is often described as a cold personality. Their love of logic and disdain for the emotional and sentimental might be the reason why these types seem aloof. However, like the ENTJ, the ENTP is often suited for leadership positions.
The ENTJ hates jobs that are mundane and repetitive. A workplace environment that does not challenge or stimulate their thinking hats is also undesirable to this type. As natural commanders, these types do best in positions that allow them to assume the role of a leader. These individuals also do best in careers that require a lot of structure.
Positions unsuitable for the ENTJ personality:
ENFP Extroverted, Intuitive, Feeling, Perceiving
Whilst the INFP can be described as emotionless and aloof, people often describe the ENFP as an upbeat and warm person. The ENFP is also a naturally enthusiastic and spontaneous personality. This, coupled with their natural charisma, zeal, and creativity, make them ideal leaders. If only they’ll stop procrastinating...
The ENFP personality also enjoys generating new and exciting ideas. The only problem? They rarely see their ideas to completion. Additionally, this is a personality that gets distracted easily.
The ENFP hates routine and organization. They prefer spontaneity and change - a job that allows them to keep their options flexible and open. Workplaces with strict hierarchies and having supervisors who stifle the ENFP’s creativity might also be demoralizing to this personality type.
Positions unsuitable for the ENFP personality:
ENFJ Extroverted, Intuitive, Feeling, Judgement
ENFJs are often described as a people person. These social butterflies love socializing, thanks to their exceptional people skills. Their warm personality also means that the ENFJ is interested in helping other people. Individuals with this personality type enjoy organizing activities and resolving conflicts. Which is why they make great leaders.
They enjoy working in an environment that is trusting and open-minded. Environments that allow the ENFJ to be creative and innovative, bring out the best in these individuals.
The ENFJ hates careers that require repetitive and independent work. Individuals with this personality type want to work in positions that are doing meaningful work. Or contribute something back to society. Additionally, people with this personality type find it hard to deal with hard logic and facts.
Positions unsuitable for the ENFJ personality:
ESTP Extroverted, Sensing, Thinking, Perceiving
The ESTP can be described in one word: practical. Individuals with this personality type are drawn to the factual. People with this personality type are logical and often open-minded. However, despite their practical nature, they’re often spontaneous and reckless.
The ideal career for an ESTP would be one that allows them to be adventurous. ESTPs find it hard to see projects to completion unless it appeals to their natural curiosity.
The ESTP hates structured environments with too many rules. Careers that involve repetitive and menial tasks will also bore this enigmatic character. As Perceivers, they are more drawn to concepts and theories as opposed to hard, cemented facts. Which means that jobs that deal with a lot of analysis and research, are a poor match for them.
Positions unsuitable for the ESTP personality:
Engineering (i.e. chemist, chemical, electrical)
ESTJ Extroverted, Sensing, Thinking, Judgement
Much like the ESTP, individuals with the ESTJ personality are practical people. These are the “live-in-the-moment” personalities who love to adhere to rules and regulations. Sticking to the status quo is important to the ESTJ.
Their love for order and rules makes this personality the ideal leader. They enjoy positions that give them personal control over their own projects. ESTJs are a hardworking bunch who strive to follow directions down to the “T” and complete their work on time.
The ESTJ hates a rapidly changing workplace environment. Careers that require them to tap into their emotional side will also be challenging to this group.
Positions unsuitable for the ESTJ personality:
Nursing and therapy
ESFP Extroverted, Sensing, Feeling, Perceiving
Ahh...the performer. The ESFP is a charming personality, think of someone who is a natural-born entertainer. These individuals often have the flair for the arts despite being realists. Additionally, people with this personality type are often good-natured.
The ESFP thrives in leadership positions. They love working in positions that appeal to their outgoing and talkative nature. Or any job that puts them in the spotlight. People with this personality type perform at their best in environments that allow them to foster interpersonal interactions (i.e. communication between colleagues or friends).
The ESFP hates having to focus on their internal feelings or large amounts of data. Positions that require a lot of routines, with little wiggle room for anything spontaneous is also draining to individuals with this personality type.
Positions unsuitable for the ESFP personality:
Accounting and Finance
ESFJ Extroverted, Sensing, Feeling, Judging
The ESFJ is someone who loves to help others. These helpful personalities also value clear structures, rules, and upholding family traditions.
As Judgers, people with this personality type gets satisfaction from seeing their tasks to completion, in an organized manner. Their ideal job might just be one that allows them to socialize with others. Additionally, these individuals enjoy work that allows them to help people in a pragmatic and discernible way.
The ESFJ hates working in an environment that forces them to be alone. Anything that requires them to be spontaneous or puts them on the spot, will cause distress to this organized type.
Positions unsuitable for the ESFJ personality:
Writing and journalism
Which of these personality types do you identify with? Let us know in the comments section below!