What kind of employee are you?

  • Are you a people person or an introvert?
  • Do your thrive under stress or crumble?
  • Are you goal oriented?  Do you need someone to hold your hand through projects? 
  • Do you get aggravated when others distract you or change plans?
  • Do you thrive with feedback or want to work on your own? 

These are all great questions when trying to self evaluate the kind of employee personality you possess. Workplaces are filled with all kinds of personalities from the super hard worker bees to the joksters, brown nosers, or even the chatterboxes.  Sociologists have studied test results such as the Myers-Briggs evaluation or the Holland Codes to analyze personalities and worker attributes inherently suited to certain jobs.  Research has shown that choosing a job to which fits your style will may make you a happier, more productive employee. There are many online psychometric tests that can help workers identify attributes beyond qualifications.  It is worth being more self-aware to stay one step ahead in the employment game.

One well-respected methodology is the use of Holland Codes, named after a psychologist who studied the science behind vocational choices. After taking a survey, employees can find out the specific type the Holland Code places you into.  These types include:


Realistic – A Realistic type is independent and stable, and realists that thrive in tactile outdoors activities. They thrive in hands-on occupations ranging from astronomy to zoology.

Artistic – This type includes creators who are sensitive, intuitive and nonconforming. They are suited to working with ideas and imagination, and are best suited to roles in the theater, arts or design.

Social – This type enjoys helping others and solving social problems. Good occupations include teaching, counseling or nursing.

Enterprising – These are natural born leaders and entrepreneurs.  They are persuasive and energetic, ambitious and social.

Conventional – This type is orderly and systematic, they are good at following a plan, but generally avoid unstructured activities.Investigative – These types are thinkers who are curious and rational. They are natural born experimenters ideally suited to research roles, from computer programmers to statisticians.


Evaluating an applicant compatibility with a position through testing would provide further insight into the type of work that would bring them the most happiness and at the same time optimize the person’s productivity.  A win-win situation.

To take a Holland Code Test follow this link. (Holland Code)  The U.S. Department of Labor website provides a test where people can find out their interest profile and find occupations that match well with it.

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