These days, it’s becoming increasingly common for employers to use personality tests as part of the candidate screening process. It’s been proven that different personality types function best in certain roles; employers recognise this and use it when matching applicants to jobs.
It’s also extremely important for you to understand what personality type you are if you are to find the career path that’s right for you. You can take a free personality test online, in just 10 minutes.
Once you’ve gained a better understanding of your personality type, you’ll find it much easier to get a clearer picture of what sort of jobs are right for you. Not only can this save you an awful lot of time and energy in the job search and application process, but it might also prevent you getting stuck in a job you really hate.
The Strategist (INTJ personality type)
Strategist personalities radiate professional competence. If you are a strategist you are analytical by nature and you enjoy working through complex theories and principles to make them clear and actionable.
In general, you prefer to work alone or in a small team without the distraction of repeated interruptions from colleagues or supervisors. You are better suited to a role that doesn’t require constant dialogue, lots of teamwork or micro-management. You have extremely high standards and will not tolerate ineptitude in colleagues or supervisors. You believe that people should achieve promotion through hard work and ability, not by social climbing and nepotism.
It’s not uncommon for strategists to begin their careers in seemingly menial roles while they establish themselves but they usually find their way into low-profile but influential positions in strategic, analytical or project management-type careers. Although HR and sales roles would not play to their strengths, such is the Strategist’s creativity, vision and professional competence in putting their plans into action; they can ultimately excel in pretty much any sphere they choose.
Strategist personality traits
- Excellent strategists
- Able to understand and simplify complex material
- Order and structure orientated
- Focused on the ‘big picture’ and the future
- Intuitive and insightful
- Confident in their own ability and opinions
- Have little patience with inefficiency and chaos and set very high standards for themselves
- Relish theoretical challenges and are easily bored by repetition and routine
- Calm, detached and reserved
- Logical and rational
- Natural leaders but will follow those they respect and can therefore fully support
- Resourceful, ingenious, creative and innovative
- Work best alone and prefer to work by themselves
Ideal careers for Strategists
So, what’s the best career path for a strategist? Here are some suggestions you might want to consider if the preceding personality traits describe you to a tee.
Business and finance
- University lecturer
Healthcare and medicine
In order to avoid becoming a ‘square peg in a round hole’, it’s crucial that you recognise and understand your natural personality type. Once you have achieved this, you’ll be one step closer to finding a career path that will suit you and you’ll save yourself time and effort applying for positions that just aren’t ‘you’.
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