Personality Assessment Quiz

Learn what type of personality you are, so you can better adjust to different client types.

November 1, 2004

Take this quick quiz from Steven Oniki, a communications speaker and trainer based in Sarasota, Fla., to identify your personality style and that of others. Then you can more easily modify your behavior when working with consumers who aren’t like you.

Step 1. For each set of four adjectives, rank each adjective as to how well it describes you. Write a 7 next to the adjective that best describes you, a 5 for the next closest adjective, a 3 for the next, and a 1 for the least descriptive of you. Each line should have a 7, 5, 3, and 1; no ties are allowed.

Column 1 Column 2 Column 3 Column 4
Stubborn ___ Persuasive ___ Gentle ___ Humble ___
Competitive ___ Obliging ___ Playful ___ Obedient ___
Adventurous ___ Life of Party ___ Moderate ___ Precise ___
Determined ___ Convincing ___ Good natured ___ Cautious ___
Assertive ___ Optimistic ___ Lenient ___ Accurate ___
Total 1 Total 2 Total 3 Total 4

Step 2. Make sure the grand total of all columns equals 80 to be sure you added correctly. The column with the highest number reflects your strongest personality traits.


Column 1 - Sherman tanks: the bosses
Column 2 -  Socializers: people who are always having happy hour.
Column 3 -  Mother hens and teddy bears: nurturing, stable
Column 4 - Analyticals: cautious, careful, picky

Source: Steven Oniki, SOS Productions,

Barbara Ballinger

Barbara Ballinger is a freelance writer and the author of several books on real estate, architecture, and remodeling, including The Kitchen Bible: Designing the Perfect Culinary Space (Images Publishing, 2014). Barbara’s most recent book is The Garden Bible: Designing Your Perfect Outdoor Space, co-authored with Michael Glassman (Images, 2015).