1. KNOW THYSELF
Factoid #1: People are not good at recognizing their weaknesses. In 1999, two scientists named Dunning and Kruger proved this hypothesis with the Dunning–Kruger effect. The pair hypothesized that people only identify their faults when they are actively trying to improve them. That means we only realize we suck at something when someone tells us how we can get better at doing the thing we suck at.
Dunning and Kruger took it one step further, discovering that we are actually more likely to think we’re naturals at things we’ve never tried, which is both optimistic and horrifying. (Does that explain why all guys named Chad think they’re literally “The King” of beer pong?!). All of this is to say: since a personality test quantifies your skills, it’s an easy way to identify what you’re already good at and where you have room for improvement. And knowing what you need to fix is half the battle! (Next step: the self-improvement part. Easy peasy.)
2. LEARN HOW TO TALK TO OTHERS
Factoid #2: You probably aren’t as good at communicating as you think you are. A recent study from communications software company 15Five found that only 15% of full-time employees think their workplace does a good job of fostering communication. Another 81% of the study’s respondents said they’d rather work somewhere that values open communication than work for a company that gives out perks, such as free gym memberships and employee ball pits.
The study is a clear indication that communication is vital to a company’s success. However, communication starts on an individual level. If you don’t share a complementary personality with someone it might be harder to communicate with them. Which is why discovering your personality can go a long way toward helping you better communicate with others.
Think of it this way… You don’t understand Karen, and Karen doesn’t understand you. It doesn’t make you mortal enemies, nor does it mean you can never talk to Karen when you run into her at the Keurig. (Her, getting tea because she’s a health angel sent from the organic heavens. You, getting your 4th cup of coffee because somehow the second you walk into work everyday you spontaneously develop narcolepsy and coffee is the only thing that gives you a will to live).
Not everyone is like you (ahem, Karen). Figuring out how to communicate with people you might not vibe with in your non-office life will be beneficial to everyone you interact with on a day-to-day basis.
3. GET YOUR CAREER COOKIN’
Factoid #3: A recent PricewaterhouseCoopers study found that over 50% of workers under the age of 35 are attracted to employers that share their values. According to the study, a majority of skilled workers want more than just a job. Instead, they want a career that gives them something personally enriching in return.
The problem? Not everyone knows what they really want. Career-focused assessments can help you discover what type of company culture is the best fit for your specific personality type. Armed with this type of information, you can learn how to thrive in your career and find a job that’s a perfect fit for you.
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These tips are not just a plug for our app. I mean, they might be, just a little bit, but our reasons can be applied to any personality test. Of course, we like the Good&Co app the best. Why? Because our app is tailored to help you understand how your personality fits in with your career. We offer custom insights for the workplace. You can use that data to unlock your potential and discover how to leverage your strengths at work. Find your Good company!