354MC Professional Photographic Portfolio – 16 Personalities Test Results

On Wednesday 18th March 2015, I decided to take a Personality Test by 16 Personalities, for my 354MC Professional Photographic Portfolio, in order to gain a greater understanding regarding my personal personality type, strengths and weaknesses, career paths, and workplace habits. On completing this test, I then read through my results (the ESFJ Personality or “The Consul”) in order to see how my defined personality could possibly apply to the future career path that I am considering: becoming a Wedding Planner. Below you will therefore be able to find a link to the free online test, as well as a link to the results that I received, and a copy of the main sections of my results that I thought were interesting in relation to my specified career path as a Wedding Planner:

(Please note, although some sections discuss other possible career paths, it was mainly the attributes associated with this suggestion that I thought could relate to my chosen career path, rather than the suggestion itself).


Free Online Personality Test – http://www.16personalities.com/free-personality-test

My Results – http://www.16personalities.com/esfj-personality


Relevant Sections of Results:


  • “Later in life, ESFJs continue to enjoy supporting their friends and loved ones, organizing social gatherings and doing their best to make sure everyone is happy”
  • ESFJs are altruists, and they take seriously their responsibility to help and to do the right thing
  • ESFJs love to be of service, enjoying any role that allows them to participate in a meaningful way, so long as they know that they are valued and appreciated
  • ESFJ personalities respect hierarchy, and do their best to position themselves with some authority, at home and at work, which allows them to keep things clear, stable and organized for everyone
  • ESFJs truly enjoy hearing about their friends’ relationships and activities, remembering little details and always standing ready to talk things out with warmth and sensitivity
  • If things aren’t going right, or there’s tension in the room, ESFJs pick up on it and to try to restore harmony and stability to the group
  • ESFJs spend a lot of their energy establishing social order, and prefer plans and organized events to open-ended activities or spontaneous get-togethers
  • People with this personality type put a lot of effort into the activities they’ve arranged, and it’s easy for ESFJs’ feelings to be hurt if their ideas are rejected, or if people just aren’t interested


Strengths and Weaknesses:

  • Strengths –
    • Strong Practical Skills – ESFJs are excellent managers of day-to-day tasks and routine maintenance, enjoying making sure that those who are close to them are well cared for
    • Strong Sense of Duty – People with the ESFJ personality type have a strong sense of responsibility and strive to meet their obligations
    • Very Loyal – Valuing stability and security very highly, ESFJs are eager to preserve the status quo, which makes them extremely loyal and trustworthy
    • Sensitive and Warm – Helping to ensure that stability, ESFJ personalities seek harmony and care deeply about other people’s feelings, being careful not to offend or hurt anybody
  • Weaknesses –
    • Worried about Their Social Status – ESFJs’ preoccupation with social status and influence, which affects many decisions they make, potentially limits their creativity and open-mindedness
    • Inflexible – ESFJs place a lot of importance on what is socially acceptable, and can be very cautious, even critical of anything unconventional or outside the mainstream. People with this personality type may also sometimes push their own beliefs too hard in an effort to establish them as mainstream
    • Reluctant to Innovate or Improvise – Just as they can be critical of others’ “unusual” behavior, ESFJs may also be unwilling to step out of their own comfort zones, usually for fear of being (or just appearing) different
    • Vulnerable to Criticism – It can be especially challenging to change these tendencies because ESFJs are so conflict-averse. ESFJ personalities can become very defensive and hurt if someone, especially a person close to them, criticizes their habits, beliefs or traditions
    • Often Too Needy – ESFJs need to hear and see a great deal of appreciation. If their efforts go unnoticed, people with the ESFJ personality type may start fishing for compliments, in an attempt to get reassurance of how much they are valued
    • Too Selfless – The other side of this is that ESFJs sometimes try to establish their value with doting attention, something that can quickly overwhelm those who don’t need it, making it ultimately unwelcome. Furthermore, ESFJs often neglect their own needs in the process


Career Paths:

  • ESFJs are well-organized, enjoying bringing order and structure to their workplaces, and often work best in environments with clear, predictable hierarchies and tasks
  • Careers as administrators are a natural fit, allowing ESFJs to organize not just an environment, but also the people in it
  • Their practical skills combine well with their dependability, making ESFJ personalities surprisingly good accountants – though they often prefer to be personal accountants, helping people and interacting with them directly
  • Purely analytical careers are often too dull for ESFJs though – they need human interaction and emotional feedback to be truly satisfied in their line of work
  • Good listeners and enthusiastic team members, people with the ESFJ personality type are excellent providers of medical care and social work
  • Teaching is another great option, as ESFJs are comfortable with authority, but are supportive and friendly enough to keep that authority from feeling overbearing


ESFJs’ best careers all have the additional benefit of providing them with perhaps their most important requirement: to feel appreciated and know they’ve helped someone.


  • Being as altruistic as they are, ESFJs find it hard to be satisfied unless they know they’ve done something valuable for another person
    • This is often the driving force behind ESFJs’ careers and career advancement…
  • ESFJ personalities’ comfort with busy social situations and practical knowledge and skills come together to create people who are not just able to be productive and helpful, but people who genuinely enjoy it


Workplace Habits:

  • ESFJ personality type thrive on social order and harmony, and use their warmth and social intelligence to make sure that each person knows their responsibilities and is able to get done what needs to get done
  • ESFJs are comfortable, even dependent on clear hierarchies and roles, and whether subordinates, colleagues or managers, ESFJ personalities expect authority to be respected and backed up by rules and standards


  • ESFJ Subordinates –
    • With clearly defined responsibilities and a sense of purpose, ESFJs are patient, efficient, hard-working people who respect the authority of their managers. While ESFJs may struggle with too much freedom and improvisation, they thrive in workplaces with structure, safety and guidelines
  • ESFJ Colleagues –
    • Teamwork is a concept that ESFJs have no trouble putting into practice
      • Often seeking friends at work, people with this personality type are almost always willing to lend a hand when and where it’s needed
      • Excellent networkers, ESFJs always seem to “know just the guy” to bring a project together on time
      • On the other hand, ESFJs often need to work on a team – being stuck alone chipping away at paperwork for days on end just leaves them tired and unfulfilled
    • ESFJs take pride in these qualities, which has the side effect of making them particularly sensitive when they come under criticism
      • When their suggestions and help are turned down, ESFJ personalities can take it personally
      • Already somewhat vulnerable to stress, rejections like these can be pretty demoralizing, and ESFJs may need their coworkers to make an effort to express their appreciation from time to time
  • ESFJ Managers –
    • ESFJs enjoy the responsibility that comes with organizing social situations, and the enjoyment they feel in managing other people translates well into management positions
      • As team leaders, ESFJs find ways to make everyone feel involved, uniting people and smoothing relations in order to get things done
    • At the same time, ESFJs have a strong respect for traditional power structures, and if after all their efforts convincing their subordinates to work together someone ends up challenging their authority, they can stress out, lose their temper, and just generally react badly
      • People with the ESFJ personality type are sensitive about their status and dislike conflict, and prefer situations where everyone knows their role