Taking personality tests online can quickly take you down a wormhole. You can find out everything from how likely you are to survive a horror movie to what career type might be right for you. However, personality tests aren’t just for entertainment. They can help your team understand each other better, and have a little fun, too!
We’ve chosen to focus on how personality tests can start honest conversations among team members about how they prefer to work and communicate. When you have the opportunity to learn more about each other and engage in exciting new ways, everyone wins!
Read on for 5 personality tests that will get your team talking.
5 Personality Tests To Spark Conversation with Your Team
1. 16 Personalities – (Meyers-Briggs framework)
The 16 Personalities test is built on 5 dimensions:
- Introversion vs. extraversion
- Intuitive vs. observational
- Thinking nature vs. feeling nature
- Judging vs. prospecting
- Assertive vs. turbulent
This personality test reveals how you prefer to approach and solve problems. The 5 categories measure how comfortable you are with improvisation, organization, collaboration, and risk-taking. There is also a fun feature that lets you browse famous figures who fall into your category!
Team Tip: Identify personality overlap with the Meyers-Briggs framework. If you are an ENFJ-T and your co-worker is an INFP-T, what differs? Discuss how your differences affect your work style, and how they shape your individual perspectives.
2. The Big Five
The Big Five personality test is well-known and proposes that our personalities can be captured by the following traits:
- Openness – How open a person is to new ideas and experiences
- Conscientiousness – How goal-directed, persistent, and organized a person is
- Extraversion – How much a person is energized by the outside world
- Agreeableness – How much a person puts others’ interests and needs ahead of their own
- Neuroticism – How sensitive a person is to stress and negative emotional triggers
Team Tip: After your team has taken the Big Five assessment, arrange yourselves in groups by your #1 category – who was the highest in extraversion, agreeableness, etc.? Was there anyone on the opposite end of the spectrum? Remember that categories aren’t meant to stereotype – only to encourage reflection.
3. The DISC Assessment
One of the most popular organizational personality tests is the DISC assessment.
The DISC assessment reveals where the central priorities of your team members lie. Is your focus on the bottom line, or do you prioritize relationships above all? This test allows employees to identify the type of tasks they prefer and how workloads can be divided for the most positive results.
Team Tip: Split into personality types: D, I, S, and C. Discuss what each profile means in your respective groups. Then, split into random groups. By first sharing ideas with others in the same personality category, your team will feel empowered to talk about what they learned with those who differ from them.
4. Cliftonstrengths (Strengthsfinder)
Broad and full of possibilities, the Cliftonstrengths (formerly Strengthsfinder) test lets your team celebrate their best qualities and optimize performance.
The assessment ranks 34 key strengths based on your responses, highlighting the top 5 in special detail. This test is a great mix of feel-good facts and real opportunities to improve efficiency: after all, your bottom 5 strengths deserve as much attention as your 5 best!
(A sample of a Cliftonstrengths assessment report)
Team Tip: Encourage each other to identify one weakness from Cliftonstrengths to focus on for an agreed-upon time. Check in with each other’s progress and celebrate growth along the way!
5. The Enneagram
The Enneagram test has risen in popularity in recent years and places you in one of 9 personality types. The Enneagram identifies core desires, behaviors, and fears – and if you’re looking for a personality test to explore on social media, look no further. Platforms like Instagram and TikTok host full-time Enneagram creators.
Team Tip: Identify the types on your team and then engage with content designated for each type – when you know someone in every Enneagram category, there’s so much to learn and explore!
Just for Fun
There are so many fun personality tests out there fit for casual discussion (or just for a good laugh). Here are a few of our favorites.
Simple, visually engaging, and thought-provoking. We all enjoyed sharing our results from this one!
This one’s a classic. Cast your bets and see what the Sorting Hat decides with this Harry Potter quiz!
Our marketing creatives are hard to put in a box, but we get a kick out of the nicknames quizzes like this assign us.
We hope this piece has you excited to unlock your full potential and discover new things about your team. We’d love to hear which test you choose!
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Until next time!