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Okay, so I've applied for jobs before which basically required me to take personality tests on them, and unfortunately, I chose to be honest on them. I think they were probably MBTI tests from the questions that was asked. In none of these jobs did I ever get communication back from the employer, and since they were simply random clerk jobs, I can't think of how I would be underqualified

That makes me think that I must've "failed" the personality test, because they are probably looking for cheerful, compliant, social, organized personality types, and INFP is probably pretty much the opposite of what they want.

My question: is getting INFP on an MBTI test for a job basically the same thing as "failing" the test? Should I answer like an ESFJ or something?
 

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i had to do a personality test for the job i have right now. It was the MBTI but a little more work oriented, and i lied and tested as an ESTJ. I got the job, but im surrounded by ESTJ's, ENTJ's, and ESFJ's, and its driving me insane.

but ya...if i decided to be honest on the test and test as an INFP, no way in hell i woulda got a call back. I'd be the last person on the list.
 

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Random Clerk jobs actually give personality tests? Wow.

In any case, I would bet scoring as INFP (at least for that kind of job) is pretty much failing, not that they would outright say you failed. I would guess that the employers would be like "lolwat, you would rather dayrdream instead of work and communicate? Nuuupe."

I would not like to have to take a personality test just for a job. I mean gosh, we have to pretend enough already .____.

On the flip side, I'm pretty sure scoring as an INFP for say, a writing job of some sort could get you something. .____.
 

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Ha, once I applied to a grocery store where I even had a friend who was beloved and great there who RECOMMENDED me, because I'm an seriously an effing awesome worker, and then after I took some stupid personality-like test, I never got a call back. So incredibly dumb.
 

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I suppose, in a way, it could be considered "failing." I can't imagine denying someone a job simply because of their personality type. Just because we're INFP doesn't mean we're crap at jobs! Heck, give me a job to do (excluding one that takes like three months, because my patience/attention will wane quickly), and I'll do a very good job at it!

I can see how an xxTJ would be more "suited" for office work and how an ExFx would be better for people-oriented work. But really, that doesn't mean they'd be better at it...
 

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I've had to do one before, but since I'm only 19, it was for a part-time job alongside my studies, which I wasn't all that concerned with. I answered honestly but like you, I'm pretty sure they were looking for someone 'warm' and 'cheerful' and 'friendly' and a 'team-player'. Alas, I am not... I didn't think it'd be worth lying to get put in a job where I'd have to act like my polar opposite just to get by. It'd stress me out.
 

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I've applied for many jobs that required many levels of an application process, including the personality test. For some, I would master the initial comprehension tests, follow up tests, video tests, and then finally take a personality test and never here from them again. If I wasn't honest on the test and did make it to an interview, I guess I completely failed at the interview because I didn't come off as the person my test results made me out to be. Based off my own experience, if you need a job, no way should an INFP answer honestly on a test like this.


I applied for a correctional officer in the past and was told I scored one of the highest out of the 20+ people taking both the written and video tests. I then got to go tour the prisons with other high test takers, and got an interview at one of the prisons, and then was sent somewhere to take a personality test. Apparently, I "failed" it so badly that they had their company psychologist interview me shortly after and he was an asshole and purposely kept me in there for an hour and a half, talking about how great he was and bashing anything I was interested in. Example of how he was..."You play guitar? Oh I do too. Oh, you don't play techincal chord structures like that of the Eagles or Rolling Stones? I find that to be too simple for my taste. It's much better than hammering away at Em on every other bar." (which wasn't even true). He made sure that he would NOT recommend me for the job. Another prison seemed to not care and I got an interview. The interview consisted of about 6 hard-nosed individuals of various job prestige each asking me questions pertaining to their individual expertise at the prison. They were all taking notes of course, with no indication that they like what I was saying or not. One or two said nothing and just watched my mannerisms and noted that my nails weren't trimmed although I thought I had trimmed them that morning. It was nerve-wracking hell.

At the time I hated him for it because I was so broke and he fucked it all up for me. Time went by and looking back, I'm not at all cut out to be a correctional officer, never was, so, I can't be mad at him. There is no way I would have survived my coworkers and their whole "respect my authorit'ah" vibe, much less the crazy criminals.

My point is that these test really suck but perhaps it's for our own good. If you don't care and want the job anyway, just lie and make yourself look ExxJ.

Edit: darn it, sorry it turned out to be so long.
 

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I think everyone should take a personality test and be given interviews with jobs they'd do better in based on their results. It'd stop all those jobless or miserable NFs, especially INFs, who never feel comfortable in the working world.

Also I could get a film crew job a lot more easily than I can now, which requires a ridiculous amount of classes and then making films until I have a decent reel to show potential employers.

And yes, clerk jobs require stupid personality tests. I never get called back even when I lie through my teeth on the questionnaire. I probably test as ESFJ on those things.
 

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This is one way I think the single-mindedness of some employers is hilarious. It seems to affect the US & Canada more than it does Europe, though. I mean, sure, in my job sometimes I am absent-minded, sometimes I do forget things - that's why checklists exist. In work I present myself as friendly and affable, if not socially awkward and a little lacking in confidence.

But I am more than capable of maintaining a professional image to our clients and customers, and the one thing nobody will disagree with is my technical competence and ability to learn quickly, which in some areas exceeds that of my superior who has been working in a similar role for many more years than I. There's no way in hell I'd lie on any personality test, but if I didn't get the job you can damn well bet I'd hound them for feedback. And if I even caught a scent of the truth, I wouldn't pull any punches.

(Also, and this is completely by the by, but it beggars belief how many people in the business world have atrocious written English - even directors are not immune to this pandemic!)
 

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It's wrong. INFPs can excel at any job in the universe. What if that particular INFP somehow likes that job for ANY reason? A motivated INFP is a force to be reckoned with.

Stupid tests has to end. Lying to get a job is idiotic. On the positive side, all INFPs that had to take such tests, whether they lied or not, and were rejected/not called back, have been lucky, because they deserve MUCH better than having their inborn personality being put in question, as if personality determined a job well-done. You people were better than those lowly positions that arbitrarily misjudged your ability.

It's highly unethical to determine somebody's ability in a job through the MBTI or comparable personality tests. It should be forbidden by law, but probably never will. The MBTI was NEVER designed to determine's somebody's career, although it helps to know what you rather do, and what you usually would avoid in general. These things are differents for many INFPs, though, and there are always exceptions. The individual's merit should be proof enough (my attitude with such personality pre-screening jobs is, and will always will be-"your loss, and my win!")
 

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I used to be honest on those tests. Then I learned that they look for "decisive" people, so I started lying on them. Honestly, those stupid tests shouldn't affect if you get the job or not. At the interview that I went to last week, I didn't need to take a personality test, but I think I came off as ENFJ or ESFJ. Oh, well. As long as I do the job right if I get it.
 
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