A lot of work places use a questionnaire to determine personality type.
Recognizing that some personalities are a better match to certain professions, profiles
can be used to assess whether an applicant would be a good fit for a specific
Interestingly, this profile -- for me at least -- is quite accurate. And I
really don't mind that INTPs are only 1% of the population...
Myers-Briggs Personality Typing - INTP
INTPs 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 at least be sorely tempted to) if the shade of meaning is a bit
off. This sometimes annoying habit is at once also a strength in grammarians,
a perfect arena for the literal INTP.
INTPs are relatively easy-going and amenable to almost
anything until their principles are violated, about which they may become
outspoken and inflexible. But they usually return 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.
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 of
'overlooking details' or of incorrect context.
"INTP" Personality Type (Myers-Briggs)
"The INTP takes his/her energy from the inner world of thoughts (and, maybe,
emotions). He/she prefers dealing with patterns and possibilities, and making decisions on
a logical basis. His/her life is flexible, following new insights and possibilities as
"He/she is quiet and detached, and adaptable (up to a point - sometimes he/she may
stop adapting, insisting that there is a clear principle at stake). He/she is not
interested in routine, and will often experiment or change things to see if they can be
"He/she operates at best when solving complex problems that require
the application of intellect."
INTPs are architects:
" Their major interest is in figuring out structure, build, configuration -- the
spatiality of things.
"As the engineering capabilities the INTPs increase so does their desire to let
others know about whatever has come of their engineering efforts. So they tend to take up
an informative role in their social exchanges. On the other hand they have less and less
desire, if they ever had any, to direct the activities of others. Only when forced to by
circumstance do they allow themselves to take charge of activities, and they exit the role
as soon as they can without injuring the enterprise.
"The INTPs' distant goal is always to rearrange the environment somehow, to shape,
to construct, to devise, whether it be buildings, institutions, enterprises, or theories.
They look upon the world -- natural and civil -- as little more than raw material to be
reshaped according to their design, as a formless stone for their hammer and chisel."