Can your color preferences provide an indication of your ideal job? Seems unlikely, I know. But try the Color Career Counselor at careerpath.com and maybe you’d reconsider. In short, you are presented with several color swatches (on the screen, of course), and asked to choose the color you like to look at the most, the least, etc. Now, this is not the same thing as which color you’d paint your bedroom in or what color you’d never be caught dead wearing–it’s a more purist angle. Simply, which one feels right when you look at it?
After you take the 5-minute-or-so test, you are e-mailed a summary of your results. I was positive that the test showed nothing. I couldn’t even say that I had a certain response for many of the choices–I was hesitant on most.
Well, lo and behold, I was wrong. I cannot attest to the “science” behind the test but I was shocked at how dead-on the results had me pegged! It identified my “best occupational category” as a “creator” because I am “nonconforming, impulsive, expressive” and others. A lawyer, believe it or not, in in that category. As are corporate trainer, author, and editor, all of which I do and enjoy regularly.
Ok, so maybe it’s a coincidence. But let’s look at the “2nd Best Occupational Category.” Persuader. No, really, I’m not kidding. The key personality traits associated with this category include “witty, competitive, sociable, talkative, ambitious, argumentative, and aggressive.” I would agree strongly with each one except for competitive, which I tend to have a deficiency in. But the rest? Yes, that’s me in a nutshell. As you can imagine, lawyer certainly falls within this category.
The most striking part of the report, though, was the last sentence. It described me and others with similar color preferences as:
They enjoy working with others inside organizations to accomplish goals and achieve economic success.
Ummm, hello? That, in a nutshell, is exactly what I do for a living! So does this mean that the employee-placement test of the future will involve fabric swatches or paint chips?