Personality Typing Is Relevant Job Interview Info

Did I ever tell you about the time when I was on the phone with a potential employer (Penelope Trunk to be exact) and she was totally grilling me about why the hell she would want to hire me to be her Community Manager at Brazen Careerist? Basically I thought I had completely screwed up the interview, I was stuttering badly trying to keep up with her manic thought process and suddenly I just blurted out “I’m an INTP” to a question that had nothing to do with personality types.

Her response was simply, “Are you serious? Interview over, you’re hired!”

My surprise was beyond words. But, Penelope and her crew were all about integrating personalities in a working environment that meshed. There were still epic clashes of egos and opinions, but overall, the machine flowed well because we all got along for the most part.

Here’s an excerpt of my profile which can be found here. All of this stuff is me to a T. Sometimes I wish employers would just go off of stuff like this rather than do the whole dry, boring, formal hiring process, but I guess you’ve gotta do what you’ve gotta do.

NTPs are pensive, analytical folks. They may venture so deeply into thought as to seem detached, and often actually are oblivious to the world around them.

Precise about their descriptions, INTPs will often correct others (or be sorely tempted to) if the shade of meaning is a bit off. While annoying to the less concise, this fine discrimination ability gives INTPs so inclined a natural advantage as, for example, grammarians and linguists.

INTPs are relatively easy-going and amenable to almost anything until their principles are violated, about which they may become outspoken and inflexible. They prefer to return, however, to a reserved albeit benign ambiance, not wishing to make spectacles of themselves.

A major concern for INTPs is the haunting sense of impending failure. They spend considerable time second-guessing themselves. The open-endedness (from Perceiving) conjoined with the need for competence (NT) is expressed in a sense that one’s conclusion may well be met by an equally plausible alternative solution, and that, after all, one may very well have overlooked some critical bit of data. An INTP arguing a point may very well be trying to convince himself as much as his opposition. In this way INTPs are markedly different from INTJs, who are much more confident in their competence and willing to act on their convictions.

Mathematics is a system where many INTPs love to play, similarly languages, computer systems–potentially any complex system. INTPs thrive on systems. Understanding, exploring, mastering, and manipulating systems can overtake the INTP’s conscious thought. This fascination for logical wholes and their inner workings is often expressed in a detachment from the environment, a concentration where time is forgotten and extraneous stimuli are held at bay. Accomplishing a task or goal with this knowledge is secondary.

INTPs and Logic — One of the tipoffs that a person is an INTP is her obsession with logical correctness. Errors are not often due to poor logic — apparent faux pas in reasoning are usually a result ofoverlooking details or of incorrect context.

Games NTs seem to especially enjoy include Risk, Bridge, Stratego, Chess, Go, and word games of all sorts. (I have an ENTP friend that loves Boggle and its variations. We’ve been known to sit in public places and pick a word off a menu or mayonnaise jar to see who can make the most words from its letters on a napkin in two minutes.) The INTP mailing list has enjoyed a round of Metaphore, virtual volleyball, and a few ‘finish the series’ brain teasers.

My last thought is: be prepared to throw out arbitrary info that’s relevant only to you during interviews. You never know if it might help out a floundering impression!

What You Know, Who You Know, and How Well You Know It

…It’s all relative to how well you know yourself.

I saw this quote on a Facebook Fan Page today and it made me stop and think:

You know you’re emotionally healthy when in the heat of the moment you take your own advice. You do what you’d tell somebody else to do if you were removed from the situation. If you can do that, you’re a champ.
(source)

This is some true stuff.

I started meditating back in November because I wanted to get a hold of my life as well as my sense of self. Regardless of accomplishments as an adult, I feel like my sense of well being was crossing lines with lots of other stuff that I wasn’t dealing with over many years. Staying busy and trying to “accomplish” as much as possible over a period of time had in essence drowned out my inner voice. At the rate I was going, I wasn’t going to suddenly wake up someday and say, “oh, it all makes sense! I was working (and living) myself into the ground at an accelerated rate all for the purpose of ______.” Nope, I had no idea what I was doing and I had no idea how to stop (or at least slow down).

So, with the help of some very beautiful people in my life, I started meditating daily. No, my world wasn’t flipped upside down day one, nor were all of my problems solved, however, taking 20 minutes, twice a day, allowed me to get back so much more of what I was giving away to the world.

Getting “caught up”, wasn’t a priority for a portion of the day and it felt wonderful.

So, do I follow up on what the above quote says every time things get heated in an elevated situation? No, not every time, however I’ve surprised myself a few times by stepping outside myself for a moment and actually pivoting around my impulses, rather than letting them control me. That, too, felt great.

I’m well known for making broad, blanketing statements that vary in fidelity when put to the test, however I can say that everybody really should try to take some time out of their day to back away from what’s pressing them. Whether it’s meditating (I practice Transcendental Meditation) or just taking a bit of time to sit quietly outside or by yourself somewhere, it just helps. It helps with stress, anxiety, sadness, etc. It doesn’t make life go away, but it probably breaks down some of the barriers which keep you from dealing with life effectively.

There are lots of different ways to meditate which you can check out here.

The Tablet Getaway

*I realize the title of this post looks like a contest, but it’s not. Sorry*

As I sit on my girlfriends couch playing on my neglected Samsung Galaxy Tablet (which I won in a contest) I decided I would write my first blog post on it regarding why its awesome (I am actually writing this very moment in an Android WordPress app)

I feel a distinct gratitude because I am able to be connected too the interwebs and consume my favorite content on a nice big screen, unlike on my phone, where I feel my eyes get stained and I don’t enjoy it as much.

Plus the baggage of turning on, which you get with a laptop (check work email) or with a phone (respond to text messages) doesnt exist. Its a guilt free vacuum experience where you can curate and enjoy the things you are really interested in without distraction.

Plus I am pretty easily able to create content as well with the nifty Swype typing app and some cool video apps.

After being neglectful and skeptical regarding this tablet, I can now say I am an enthusiastic tablet advocate. Go win or buy one for yourself! ;-}