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    Why hire an INFP?

    This isn't meant to be insulting, but why would a business hire an INFP? It seems like other personalities fill roles much better than INFPs do.

    I don't have problems getting work. During interviews I can't really focus on my INFP strong points too much. Perhaps it is just the jobs that are hiring, but I never really found a job that I am truly myself.

    I have yet to see a job description that closely fits INFP traits. From what I can tell if you hire an INFP for a position that they are passionate about, they can't be stopped. They may even work for less and harder simply to do what they feel is right. For example: I would hire an INFP that has a passion for music as an creative partner for a music studio start-up. This is a very atypical business and scenario that just doesn't happen a whole lot. It seems like positions that are carved out for INFPs are so rare. It's a little discouraging.
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    Why would a business hire anyone based on MBTI anymore? Isn't that kind of 'debunked'? Even if personality traits play as big of a role in worker performance as we guess they do, that doesn't directly correlate to INFPs being less effective workers. That just means there are different workers for different jobs. And I'd be willing to bet an INFP's creativity combined with a decade-plus of work experience would make for some pretty strong role performance.

    I think businesses are simply looking for people to fill roles necessary for their operations, they don't serve as employers to potential employees, but focus on delivering supply/results to clients/customers based on the economic demand. Like Amazon for example. They'll bullshit you with the whole, Jeff Bezos is the least important person, customers most important, and you as the workers, the 2nd most important. But the truth is, they just need manpower to drive their operations at a level of efficiency needed to match demand. Pretty much where the whole SJ economy concept comes from.

    And if you're referring to western world, at least I assume its this way, productivity and making more shit is the highest priority to drive economic growth. That comes at the expense of catering to employees's work conditions.

    And as for the INFP passion-work effort ratio, that makes sense. I could say the same for some other personality types though. It's not so clear.

    INFPs would probably do really well in any field that encourages problem solving. In fact, that would include most businesses that aren't streamlined for repetitive results in a static industry. Will it suck a bit more depending on the job? Well, okay fine, you have a point. But again like I said, the businesses are there to serve clients and customers and sometimes this comes at an expense to worker conditions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CosmoJr View Post
    This isn't meant to be insulting, but why would a business hire an INFP? It seems like other personalities fill roles much better than INFPs do.

    I don't have problems getting work. During interviews I can't really focus on my INFP strong points too much. Perhaps it is just the jobs that are hiring, but I never really found a job that I am truly myself.

    I have yet to see a job description that closely fits INFP traits. From what I can tell if you hire an INFP for a position that they are passionate about, they can't be stopped. They may even work for less and harder simply to do what they feel is right. For example: I would hire an INFP that has a passion for music as an creative partner for a music studio start-up. This is a very atypical business and scenario that just doesn't happen a whole lot. It seems like positions that are carved out for INFPs are so rare. It's a little discouraging.
    Like with any type, perhaps the employer sees something in the INFP that can be of benefit to the company, or personally to the employer. In my experience when applying for positions i never got the prestigious roles but at work i would be doing the work of the prestigious and this may be because 1) someone trusts me with their reputation 2) drama flys straight past me, therefore have nothing to spread 3) i gain fullfilment of doing things thoroughly and proper, often beyond the prospect of money

    INFPs can be a competent advisers to top authority in a company. Like, positions in human resources and assistant roles allows us to put out our influence without being overwhelmed by standing in the spotlight of everything.
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    INFP

    It's not like the person is look at all the interviewees types and hiring based off that, they look at the resume, call for an interview and you get hired or not. It's more accurate to say how does an INFP get hired, because employers have no idea what type you are.
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    Why wouldn’t you hire one? I’ve been one of the top employees at every job I’ve ever had.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CosmoJr View Post
    This isn't meant to be insulting, but why would a business hire an INFP? It seems like other personalities fill roles much better than INFPs do.

    I don't have problems getting work. During interviews I can't really focus on my INFP strong points too much. Perhaps it is just the jobs that are hiring, but I never really found a job that I am truly myself.

    I have yet to see a job description that closely fits INFP traits. From what I can tell if you hire an INFP for a position that they are passionate about, they can't be stopped. They may even work for less and harder simply to do what they feel is right. For example: I would hire an INFP that has a passion for music as an creative partner for a music studio start-up. This is a very atypical business and scenario that just doesn't happen a whole lot. It seems like positions that are carved out for INFPs are so rare. It's a little discouraging.
    Ignoring Ne, Fi is such a good function to use for any job it's not even funny.

    While Ti and Fe may be useful, Fi (at least, as I've observed) facilitates an attitude that'll help you stick to something, become good at it, and fulfill all the roles the task may demand, not because of the profit, but because of the ethical principles that are develop as the Fi users grows to have a relationship with the task. People who have predicated to me (to the point that it's annoying) that if you do something, you should pour your soul into it have all been Fi users.
    A lot of of the best workers I've ever seen are Fi users and even Fi dominants (once they outgrow their idealism, of course).
    More specifically, though, I find an INFP can be great at jobs that have to do with paying attention to (validating) details that pertain to maintenance and stability. I've met INFP's who are HVAC experts, window cleaners, D.O.T. consultants, and they usually end up having their own business because they become darn good at their one skill because (what do you know) they poured their soul into it and now it's something they feel relates to them directly as a person, becoming even critical of those who are mediocre at their job.
    THEN their Ne comes out, becoming idealist of a more realistic vision involving their profession, and they are normally successful at pushing through until they make that ideal become real.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ANAXEL View Post
    Ignoring Ne, Fi is such a good function to use for any job it's not even funny.

    While Ti and Fe may be useful, Fi (at least, as I've observed) facilitates an attitude that'll help you stick to something, become good at it, and fulfill all the roles the task may demand, not because of the profit, but because of the ethical principles that are develop as the Fi users grows to have a relationship with the task. People who have predicated to me (to the point that it's annoying) that if you do something, you should pour your soul into it have all been Fi users.
    A lot of of the best workers I've ever seen are Fi users and even Fi dominants (once they outgrow their idealism, of course).
    More specifically, though, I find an INFP can be great at jobs that have to do with paying attention to (validating) details that pertain to maintenance and stability. I've met INFP's who are HVAC experts, window cleaners, D.O.T. consultants, and they usually end up having their own business because they become darn good at their one skill because (what do you know) they poured their soul into it and now it's something they feel relates to them directly as a person, becoming even critical of those who are mediocre at their job.
    THEN their Ne comes out, becoming idealist of a more realistic vision involving their profession, and they are normally successful at pushing through until they make that ideal become real.
    And Si makes any minor new issue stand out as if it has a spotlight on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blue Flower View Post
    And Si makes any minor new issue stand out as if it has a spotlight on it.
    Haha! Yes, I have seen that happen MANY times.
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    The question should be, why don't they hire more INFPs?

    They hire who they think will do a good job. The lady who played the largest part in hiring me is an ESTP. Why would an ESTP want to work with an INFP? She just thought I would be best for the job. And I am best for the job. I can fill any role I need to. They should hire more INFPs so I have some company up there!

    You mention jobs carved out for INFPs... An INFP can carve a them-sized hole into any career they want. You're more likely to find INFPs in a certain set of careers, but INFPs are needed and utilized everywhere. No job or career is perfect, and that's how it is for anybody. Work isn't fun all the time. Work is work, so make sure your playtime is the best it can be.

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    To be fair Fi as it's described seems quite useless to other individuals.To my understanding Fe focuses on facilitating harmony. social interactions and responsibilities, such trait could have it's uses such as managing a team, salesmanship or politics.Te seems to be focused on efficently and logically organizing external environment, such focus could be useful managing people or implementing systems that would help to achieve established goal. Ti seems to focus on internally organizing the world in logical manner what could be useful in science, engineering and philosophy.

    Fi seems to be focus on subjective to individual values and authenticity, only place where perhaps fi would be marketable would be arts (perhaps this is why majority of typed famous INFPs are artists), but given that mainstream art industries are pretty much corporatized and authenticity sacrificed in favor of playing a role and appeasing large audience (especially music), one could argue that many branches of art are more Fe oriented than Fi.
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