In article <42acbl$677 at newsbf02.news.aol.com>, bjparker at aol.com says...
>>The speech & hearing center where I work uses a similar scale to the MBTI
>for the management level positions. It was made a part of the hiring
>process which I think may have been a mistake.
The Association for Psychological Type considers it highly unethical to
administer the MBTI in the hiring process. (It is okay for a qualified
consultant to use the instrument.) It is my belief it is considered
unethical by different types for different reasons. The NFs get really
caught up in discussing the ethics of using MBTI in the hiring process
because they believe "any" person can do "any" job well. They always get
angry at us SJs and accuse us of being unethical when we state our belief
that some "types" are more appropriate than others for different jobs. Our
(SJs) concern about using the MBTI in the hiring process is more because it
really is not that accurate an instrument. It can be demonstrated that when
used properly, the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator is 70 to 75% accurate. 3 out
of every 4 persons will score the same "type" when retaking the MBTI at a
later time. But they means 25% of the persons taking it are not going to
score their "true" type! (SPs are notorious for scoring some other type when
taking the MBTI!) And then when you add the "hiring process" into the
equation, you really foul things up! Any person who "wants the job" is going
to answer the questions the way "they think they should," not necessarily
what they really believe!
One of the very best books ever written on this subject, which every manager
should read, is "Type Talk" by Otto Kroeger and his wife, Janet Thuesen.
They suggest that you can "type" a person by observing them. This is
sometimes possible, but we have found it doesn't always work. (For instance,
some Introverts are especially good at concealing their true type!) We do
use the MBTI in our work place, but it is strictly voluntary! We have one
audiologist on our staff who has never taken it. He says he is an extreme
iNtuitive. I see him as either an ENTJ or an INTJ. When we do administer the
MBTI it often gives some surprises.
It really is beneficial to know a person's type. By knowing it, we can
respect them a lot more and make their life a lot more fun!