Here is a short post to introduce you a useful personality test. In my process of self discovery, I’ve found the test called StrengthsFinder which is used by Facebook and other major companies in their recruitment process.
Usually recruiter asks “What are your strengths and weaknesses?” I’ve always had troubles to discover my strengths. It was not easy for me to answer. I’ve seen many people struggling with it. I was giving random strengths that are suitable in a corporate environment like “I have high expectations, I am serious and well organized”. I believed these were my strengths. But now that I know myself much better. To tell you the truth, I’m not that much organized or serious. I was forcing myself to adopt corporate behaviour.
StrengthsFinder test helps you to discover your strengths that can be used in your corporate life.
The results show your top 5 strength with some tips about how to maximize them in the corporate world. The tips are interesting because some strengths are more valuable in some positions or circumstances. For example, their advice for highly optimistic people is to work close to customers to influence them in a positive way or to use their strengths to set a high mood and a positive attitude in groups.
My results were:
– Optimism (94%)
– Faith (94%)
– Curiosity (94%)
– Salesmanship (88%)
– Innovation (88%)
When I discovered my strength, I thought: Optimism! What kind of a strength is that ?? It’s not an asset.” . I feel that people often react the same way, because they get used to live with their strengths to the point they are not conscious about them anymore. One of my colleagues told me that she would really like to have optimism as her strength. She wouldn’t be so gloomy then all the time.
It’s true that I go through my life with a large smile, always believing that things would turn out smooth for me. I trust that I have luck. My optimism and faith are my best assets. I naturally apply law of attraction in my life. My motto is “If I want it, I can have it”. It has always worked! (just need to want the right thing and strong enough).So generally, after giving some thoughts, I’m quite satisfied with the results of the test. I wouldn’t have consciously identified those strengths as mine.
Some of the tips which resonate strongly in me :
- “Make an effort to discover your true passion and tie it to your work, no matter what you do.”
- Indeed, I am actively looking for my true passion and I want to make it my work.
- “Actively seek out positions where your ideas would be valued and encouraged.”
- By writing this blog, my point is to share my ideas and I hoped they would be valued by my readers. It is my goal.
I did the test months ago, before knowing I wanted to be a life coach. Looking back at it, it’s amazing how my strengths fit perfectly in my new career as if all make sense and it is interconnected.
So set aside 30 minutes and take the tests. You might discover some traits of your personality you were not aware of or just validate what you know.
- StrengthsFinder Official Test
- I found some free versions of the test.