By Barb Ward

Why in the world would you want to take a personality assessment? Let’s face it, you, like everyone else, have insecurities, so why would you want to answer questions that open yourself up to being analyzed? Just the thought can be daunting, but your curiosity to understand yourself may actually drive you to participate, even if it feels uncomfortable. 

The fact is, whether you are eager or reluctant to participate, by opening yourself up to this process, you can learn things about yourself that help build the traits that are helping you reach your goals, and address those that are holding you back. There are no good or bad scores on a personality test, only information that, with awareness and work, helps you improve your effectiveness and your relationships.

What’s more, approximately 13% of employers are utilizing personality assessments as part of their recruiting process, and that number is increasing. Their goal is to hire candidates who are a good fit for long-term employment with their organization, so they assess how you would interact with their teams, fit into their culture, and adapt to their workstyle environment. 


There are many different types of personality assessments. By growing more self-aware, you also increase your emotional intelligence, which in turn, impacts the way you feel about and understand yourself and your emotions, the way you interact and build relationships with others, and the probability that you will be successful in both your personal and professional life.

The bottom line is, the more self-aware you are, the more likely you are to land the job you seek and build the life you desire. So, get on your mark’s, get set, and learn about yourself!


A personality assessment can help you:

  • Gain a better understanding of yourself and others
  • Identify how you process information for decision-making
  • Understand your approach to problems and conflict
  • Recognize your strengths and weaknesses
  • Pinpoint motivations or inspirations that drive you
  • Be aware of your interpersonal acuity
  • Learn how you handle stress or pressure
  • Identify how you work with others
  • Learn how you can improve your performance
  • Deepen relationships personally and professionally


What would you want to learn about yourself from a personality assessment?

How could it help you in your professional life? Your personal life?

At Innovative Connections, we use the Hogan Personality Assessment. Learn more here: