The Myers-Briggs Personality Indicator (MBTI) is a personality test that proposes to decode our characteristics and explain interpersonal dynamics. Since its inception, it has garnered widespread popularity.

This test breaks personality down into four dichotomies: extroversion/introversion, sensing/intuition, thinking/feeling, judging/perceiving, resulting in 16 personality types.

It would seem like the perfect tool to analyse people for job positions, and it is exactly what some workplaces have done. However, doubts persist regarding its accuracy and consistency, and raises questions about the efficacy of incorporating personality tests in hiring practices. Could other systems like The Big Five offer better alternatives? Furthermore, as we navigate the era of AI and behaviour modelling, what could remain in store for the future of personality testing in recruitment?

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Produced By: Olivia Bui

Featured In Story: Professor Betina Szdelirik of the University of Sydney School of Business, and Professor Carolyn MacCann of the University of Sydney School of Psychology

First aired on The Wire, Wednesday 10 April 2024