4 Personality Assessments that Matter

By: Gracie Covarrubias, DePaul University organizational and multicultural communication major ’18 and Career Center communications assistant

Let’s face it—we’ve all taken Buzzfeed quizzes that have told us everything from what fictional character we resemble to what type of furniture we would be. As fun as these often are, there are much more satisfying quizzes to consider; fellow peers, let me introduce you to personality assessments.

The Internet is rich with personality assessments that are actually used in the workplace to help assess employees’ personality, aptitude and skills. College of Communication Career Advisor Michael Elias shared the benefits of personality assessments, “I think career assessments can be incredibly helpful in providing a guide for researching potential career paths.” Michael is right, if you are looking for a great way to identify your strengths and weaknesses in the workplace and in life, personality assessments are the way to go. Check out these four personality assessments that actually matter!

16Personalities

Modeled after the Myers Briggs Type Indicator, 16Personalities is a self-reporting questionnaire designed to capture how you perceive the world and make decisions; ultimately, providing you with a roadmap to how you logistically see the world. The questionnaire is available online for free, and it serves as a great starting point to understanding the method behind your decision-making processes. If you’re interested in a more formal conceptualization of the Myers Briggs Type Indicator, stop by the Career Center’s MBTI workshop on February 9th.

Gallup’s StrengthsQuest

According to Gallup, “the StrengthsQuest journey begins with the Clifton StrengthsFinder, an online assessment that allows students and educators to discover, understand, and maximize their strengths.” Gallup’s website states that the assessment exists to help students identify their top five “themes of talent;” the assessment operates on the premise that every individual has five strengths, and when identified, will help individuals reach their maximum potential in the workplace. The assessment can be taken online for $9.99. 

Big Five

The Big Five personality assessment—also known as the Five Factor Model—is utilized to help individuals understand why they react to situations a certain way. According to the website, the theory gages an individual’s openness, conscientiousness, extroversion, agreeableness and neuroticism. The Big Five provides individuals with valuable insight into their psyche and is a must take for young professionals!

HEXACO

The HEXACO personality assessment ranks individuals on six dimensions: Honesty-Humility (H), Emotionality (E), Extraversion (X), Agreeableness (A), Conscientiousness (C), and Openness to Experience (O). According to their site, these dimensions are used to help individuals develop a deeper understanding of their personality and the motives behind their decisions. Today, the HEXACO personality model is used in the workplace to predominantly gage employee behaviors and ethical standings. The assessment can be taken online.

As you can see, there is a whole world of research dedicated to helping you better understand your strengths and weaknesses in order to maximize success in the workplace. Curious about how your results from these assessments translate into the workplace? Stop by the Career Center and chat with your advisor to find out!

In Between Netflix Binges: Making the Most of Winter Break

By: Gracie Covarrubias, DePaul University organizational and multicultural communication major ’18 and Career Center communications assistant

Among the many perks of DePaul’s quarter system is the six-week winter break; an opportune time to fast track career success by revamping your personal brand and tying up career-related loose ends you’ve put off all quarter. With that said, we’ve compiled a list of four simple things you can do this break—in between rounds of Netflix and holiday get-togethers—to maximize your free time.

Polish your LinkedIn profile

Being a LinkedIn superstar is a title not many can claim. There’s always something to be added, edited or endorsed. As a general rule of thumb, when it comes to LinkedIn, if you initiate, others will reciprocate. For example, if you go through your connection list and begin endorsing your peers for the skills you know they possess, they are likely to respond by endorsing you in return. The same goes for recommendations; if you’re not already connected with previous and current employers and coworkers, connect with them and write a recommendation on their behalf based on the work experiences you’ve shared. Get into the holiday spirit by giving as much warranted praise as you can on LinkedIn, there’s no doubt it’ll come back to you.

Visit the Career Center

Just because school is out for winter break doesn’t mean that the Career Center is; in fact, the Career Center operates from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, throughout break. In one simple visit you can chat with peer career advisors (PCAPS) to get your resume looked at or you can meet with your advisor to discuss upcoming job opportunities and go over job and internship search strategies. Won’t be in the city over break? No problem, PCAPS are available for online resume reviews. Plus, the Career Center website offers a unique online chat forum to connect with PCAPS.

Please note: The Career Center will be closed during the holidays, from December 23rd to January 1st. Regular office hours will resume Monday, January 2nd.

Build a digital portfolio

Admit it, free time during break usually means extra screen time. Well, what better way to maximize your favorite online platforms than by developing a digital portfolio? You get that screen time you desire, all while doing something majorly productive—win-win, right? If you’re willing to invest a bit of time upfront to build your digital portfolio, you’ll see long-term payoff. Register for a personal site with WordPress or Wix, for example, and start organizing a comprehensive list of your work for potential employers. Check out Career Advisor Michael Elias’ beginners guide to crafting digital portfolios for more tips.

Take personality assessments

Looking for a productive alternative to BuzzFeed quizzes this break? Take a crack at common personality assessments that are actually used in the workplace. One of the more well known assessments utilized by human resources gurus is the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). A condensed version of the assessment can be found at 16Personalities. Other popular alternatives include Gallup’s StrengthsQuest and Marston’s DISC Assessment. Spend some time this break identifying your key strengths and personality traits. Remember, the more you understand yourself, the easier it is to convey to potential employers what you bring to the table.

Regardless of what you’re up to this break, be sure to squeeze in time for career development! Stop by the Career Center for more tips and tricks on curating the most productive break possible.