Abby Euler is a Kenexa Director and serves as the General Manager for Salary.com. She manages the team that makes Salary.com tick--from editorial content to products to digital sales. Read more...
We all know good, qualified people who just couldn’t succeed at a certain company. Why not? Many times it's because they just weren’t the right cultural fit.
This fit -- which has less to do with your qualifications and skills and more to do with your personality type -- is vital to employers and hiring managers. You can have all the skills in the world, but if you're not going to mesh with the team or the company, they won't do you much good. These types, also known as archetypes, have been around since the beginning of storytelling. Everyone from the Greeks to George Lucas uses them to create characters and stories that can be universally understood. There are 12 commonly known archetypes, and knowing which one you are helps you understand what you value, what motivates and inspires you, and how you interact with the world around you.
Each of the 12 archetypes is also present in every company culture or organization. They represent the different ways an individual, group or company think or act in the world, and understanding the archetypes and culture of the company or organization you work for is imperative to your success.
So which one of the 12 archetypes best fits you?