Graduate employers are increasingly using personality questionnaires when recruiting and selecting candidates. Personality questionnaires can also help you to recognise your strengths and weakness.  

Why take a personality questionnaire? 

Familiarising yourself with personality questionnaires will empower you in three ways: 

  1. You will be ready for the personality questionnaires that you will be required to take when applying for graduate roles. You will also have a good idea what report will look like. 
  2.  You will have the ability to explain your personal preferences, strengths and developmental needs in language that an employer can recognise and understand. 
  3. You will be able to recognise the roles and environments in which you are most likely to excel and flourish (as well as the roles and environments likely to stretch and challenge you

Key Facts about Personality Questionnaires

Here are some things it may be helpful to know about personality questionnaires: 

Trait versus Type Questionnaires

Personality questionnaires can generally be categorised as “trait” or “type” questionnaires: 

Type Dynamics Indicator

Team Focus have developed a Type Dynamic Indicator (TDI) that is available at no cost to students on UCC through the “Profiling for Success” platform. 

Similar to the Myers Briggs” (MBTI), a tool building on Carl Jung’s theories and supported by decades of empirical research, the TDI has been designed to help people to gain insight, grow and develop as individuals and to be more effective and satisfied with their lives and relationships.

Those familiar with the Jungian approach to personality will recognise the four dichotomies: 

  • Extraversion-Introversion 
  • Sensing-Intuition 
  • Thinking-Feeling
  • Judging-Perceiving 

They will also recognise the 16 types associated with a test taker’s preferences. 

Dichotomies and Self-Assessment

The below table outlines the dichotomies in more detail. Take the 'Type Dynamic Indicator' (TDI) assessment and learn more about your personality. 


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