Extrovert, Introvert or Ambivert? PsychTests’ Study Reveals That It Can Be A Win-Win-Win Situation

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New study by PsychTests.com reveals that companies are more likely to benefit from hiring a mix of Extroverts and Introverts, rather than solely Ambiverts.

Introverted personalities and extroverted personalities in particular have an edge over ambiverts

Companies are more likely to benefit from hiring a mix of Extroverts and Introverts, rather than solely Ambiverts.

Just because ambiverts share characteristics of both introverts and extroverts, that doesn’t mean they also share their strengths.

“Everything in moderation” has always been the accepted axiom, even when it comes to social orientation. Unlike total Extroverts or total Introverts, “Ambiverts” enjoy the best of both worlds: They enjoy socializing and working with others, but are also comfortable tackling solo projects.

HR managers appeared to have found a shortcut to success. Rather than endeavoring to find an extrovert for more socially oriented positions, and an introvert for more solitary work, HR managers could streamline the hiring process and simply opt for an Ambivert. Recent research from PsychTests, however, indicates that both introverted and extroverted personalities have a slight edge over ambiverts.

Researchers at PsychTests collected data from 365 Ambiverts, Introverts, and Extroverts who took their Big Five Personality Test. Here’s what PsychTests’ study reveals:

Areas Where Introverts Outperform Ambiverts

  •     20% of Introverts thrive on other people’s approval, compared to 36% of Ambiverts.
  •     62% of Introverts have good attention to detail, compared to 57% of Ambiverts.
  •     85% of Introverts are conscientious decision-makers, and make sure to take the pros and cons of a decision into consideration before moving forward, compared to 76% of Ambiverts.

Areas Where Extroverts Outperform Ambiverts

  •     94% of Extroverts actually enjoy having a busy work day, compared to 80% of Ambiverts.
  •     78% of Extroverts display patience in even the most trying or frustrating situations, compared to 72% of Ambiverts.
  •     51% of Extroverts are confident making decisions, compared to 46% of Ambiverts.
  •     95% of Extroverts are viewed by colleagues as being approachable and easy to get along with, compared to 87% of Ambiverts.
  •     77% of Extroverts create to-do lists in order to stay organized, compared to 70% of Ambiverts.

Areas Where Both Extroverts And Introverts Outperform Ambiverts

  •     72% of Ambiverts achieve most of the goals they set for themselves, compared to 75% of Introverts and 81% of Extroverts.
  •     56% of Ambiverts are satisfied with their jobs, compared to 62% of Introverts and 65% of Extroverts.
  •     85% of Ambiverts are good at regulating their emotions, compared to 88% of Introverts and 94% of Extroverts.

“There are a lot of HR-related articles on the web that claim companies will be better off hiring an ambivert over an extrovert or introvert,” explains Dr. Jerabek, president of PsychTests. “On the one hand, if you have a position in which tasks vary a great deal and employees are required to work on individual as well as team projects, ambiverts might be considered ideal. However, just because ambiverts share characteristics of both introverts and extroverts, that doesn’t mean they also share their strengths.”

“This isn’t to say that Ambiverts are not good employees; as our data shows, they are still strong performers. Yet even when we controlled for Emotional Stability, Openness, Agreeableness, and Conscientiousness … four of the well known ‘Big Five’ traits… and looked only at the top performers, Introverts and/or Extroverts still exceeded Ambiverts by at least 5 points. The only areas where Ambiverts had an advantage – and only in comparison to Introverts – was their level of persistence when completing a difficult task, their tendency to be optimistic , and their ability to overcome the temptation to procrastinate.”

“The bottom line is that each of these personality types has their strengths and areas that need development, so it’s very important to make sure that a job candidate’s competencies as well as his or her personality are suitable for a particular position. Most importantly, don’t make assumptions about a person based on labels like extroverted or introverted; introverted doesn’t imply that a person is shy, and extroverted doesn’t necessarily mean that a person talks to excess and doesn’t listen. Take the time to get to know about the different facets of an individual’s personality – to get to know the real person,” concludes Dr. Jerabek.

Want to assess your Big Five personality? Go to http://testyourself.psychtests.com/testid/3892

Professional users of this assessment (therapists, life coaches and counselors) can request a free demo of the Team Orientation Test or any other assessments from ARCH Profile’s extensive battery: http://hrtests.archprofile.com/testdrive_gen_1

To learn more about psychological testing, download this free eBook: http://hrtests.archprofile.com/personality-tests-in-hr

About PsychTests.com
PsychTests.com is a subsidiary of PsychTests AIM Inc. PsychTests.com is a site that creates an interactive venue for self-exploration with a healthy dose of fun. The site offers a full range of professional-quality, scientifically validated psychological assessments that empower people to grow and reach their real potential through insightful feedback and detailed, custom-tailored analysis.

PsychTests AIM Inc. originally appeared on the internet scene in 1996. Since its inception, it has become a pre-eminent provider of psychological assessment products and services to human resource personnel, therapists, academics, researchers and a host of other professionals around the world. PsychTests AIM Inc. staff is comprised of a dedicated team of psychologists, test developers, researchers, statisticians, writers, and artificial intelligence experts (see ARCHProfile.com). The company’s research division, Plumeus Inc., is supported in part by Research and Development Tax Credit awarded by Industry Canada.

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