Personality Traits

Personality traits aren’t good or bad - they just 'are'

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Published on Thu, 10/24/2013 - 15:05 by Bill McAneny

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Sometimes when we assess people and provide feedback on the results of some personality assessments we get asked: ‘is that good or bad?’ And of course the answer is ‘neither,’ (or perhaps ‘both!’) Sure we can all modify our behaviour but our basic personality traits are what come most naturally to us and that is where we’ll be happiest and be at our best. We had a colleague who, when we explained our unhappiness that she was late, said: “I am an ENFP, you have to expect me to be late.” Well…no! We can expect spontaneity, we can expect a fresh and enthusiastic perspective, we can even expect a lively approach with a difficulty in sitting still; but she did not have to be late, it is not preordained. This does, however, demonstrate that there are both upsides and downsides to personality traits and we all have to learn to project our upsides and manage our downsides.

So it’s OK to be ourselves, indeed it’s when we’re at our best. We know that trying to be like someone else does not work. Being proud of who we are, and helping other people ‘get us,’ and all of our foibles and idiosyncrasies that make us who we are is so helpful, to us and to them. Be loud and proud, be quiet and humble, be ultra creative, be systematic and detailed. But whatever you are, be yourself.

Top Five Personality Traits Employers Look for in the Job Interview

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Published on Wed, 09/25/2013 - 11:47 by Guest Blogger

Hand shakeCould your personality be just as or even more important than your education or your experience while hunting for a job? According to leading management resources, the answer is a resounding yes. According to Forbes, "New research shows that the vast majority of employers (88%) are looking for a 'cultural fit' over skills in their next hire as more and more companies focus on attrition rates." The following are examples of 5 personality traits employers often look for.

Professionalism

Employers are looking for employees who will be strictly professional in their dealings with colleagues and clients. They want employees who will represent the company well and know how to interact in a business environment. How can an employer tell if you are professional? The way you dress, speak, and carry yourself all speak to your professionalism or lack thereof. Before going into an interview, it will benefit you greatly to study the corporate culture of the organization and to dress accordingly. Enter the interview ready to shake hands and answer questions in a professional, well-thought-out manner. Avoid texting or using electronics while you wait for your interview, though bringing your tablet can signal to an employer that you are tech-savvy. 

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