An introvert can have outstanding social skills and magnetic personality, just as an extrovert may crave social contact but lack people skills … an unfortunate combination.
Montreal, Canada (PRWEB) November 14, 2015
There are plenty of reasons why managers would consider hiring an extrovert: They’re outgoing, approachable, and thrive in positions where they work on a team or with the public. Likewise, introverts are revered for their ability to quiet their mind, focus, and tackle problems on their own.
To many managers, extroverts and introverts are as different as ostentatious red apples and subdued oranges. Socially, that may very well be the case, but recent research from PsychTests’ reveals that as long as a job candidate scores high on the remaining four of the Big Five personality traits - Emotional Stability, Openness, Agreeableness, and Conscientiousness – it doesn’t matter whether the person is an apple or an orange.
Researchers at PsychTests collected data from 420 people who took their Big Five Personality Test.
When comparing those who score high on four of the Big Five traits (excluding Extroversion), they found noteworthy differences:
- 96% of those who score high on the “Big Four” are determined and persistent in the face of obstacles (compared to 5% of those who score low).
- 91% perform well under pressure (compared to 7% of those who score low).
- 92% are creative, innovative, and good at thinking “outside the box” (compared to 9% of those who score low).
- 98% have solid self-esteem (compared to 15% of those who score low).
- 84% consistently meet, and often exceed, the expectations other people set for them (compared to 5% of those who score low).
- 96% are viewed by friends and colleagues as being easy to talk to (compared to 20% of those who score low).
- 98% are always looking for ways to improve their performance at work (compared to 25% of those who score low).
- 85% are good at resolving conflict (compared to 16% of those who score low).
- 95% have a strong drive to succeed (compared to 27% of those who score low).
- 75% have achieved most (if not all) of the goals they have set for themselves (compared to 8% of those who score low).
- 83% go out of their way to better themselves (compared to 16% of those who score low).
- 67% take failure in stride (compared to 11% of those who score low).
- 61% are popular and well-liked in their social circle (compared to 9% of those who score low).
- 66% not only embrace change, they thrive on it (compared to 15% of those who score low).
- 47% are confident making decisions (compared to 4% of those who score low).
- 63% rarely find themselves in conflict situations, if at all (compared to 22% of those who score low).
- 46% have an optimistic, upbeat attitude (compared to 16% of those who score low).
- 17% have sought the help of a therapist in the last two years, or are considering therapy (compared to 54% of those who score low).
“Undoubtedly, extroverts and introverts each have their individual strengths,” explains Dr. Jerabek, president of PsychTests. “But the truth is that there are other traits that are far more important than extroversion or introversion. A common misconception is that introverts tend to be socially awkward. An introvert can have outstanding social skills and magnetic personality, just as an extrovert may crave social contact but lack people skills … an unfortunate combination.”
“The amount of social contact during a typical work day should play a certain role. Extreme introverts would find jobs with constant social interaction exhausting. Extreme extroverts would not be comfortable in a position where they feel isolated. However, don’t make the mistake of typecasting introverts or extroverts. Instead, make it your mission to hire a top performer. And as our research shows, it’s someone who is agreeable, open-minded, level-headed, and conscientious.”
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