Workplace MBTI in Korea

If you are looking for a job in Korea, you will soon find that workplace MBTI is extremely important. The Meyer’s Brigg’s Type Indicator, or MBTI, is popular all over the world but it has taken on a life of its own in South Korea. You might just land or lose a job based on your score.


It’s normal to wonder about others’ true personalities and even our own. With an increasing emphasis on self-love, it is no wonder the MBTI in Korea is getting so popular. In order to love oneself, of course, you need to know yourself.

What is MBTI

A mother-daughter team of psychologists began to research personality types in the 1920’s and ended up publishing The Briggs Myers Type Indicator Handbook in 1944. After the mother died, their work was simplified and the MBTI test as we know it was released in 1987 by Myer’s descendants.

The Myers–Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is an introspective self-questionnaire indicating differing psychological preferences in how people perceive the world and make decisions. The test attempts to assign four categories: introversion or extraversion, sensing or intuition, thinking or feeling, judging or perceiving. One letter from each category is taken to produce a four-letter test result, such as “INTJ” or “ESFP”.  

Briggs recognized that Jung’s theory was similar to, but went far beyond, her own. Briggs’s four types were later identified as corresponding to the IXXXs (Introverts: “meditative”), EXXPs (Extraverts & Prospectors: “spontaneous”), EXTJs (Extraverts, Thinkers & Judgers: “executive”) and EXFJs (Extraverts, Feelers & Judgers: “social”). These are based on Carl Jung’s book “Psychological Types”.

Where to Take the MBTI

There is a very popular website called 16 Personalities where anyone can take an MBTI test for free. This website is very helpful and gives accurate information. If you are excited to know what your MBTI is, then you can take the test on this website. The website is very easy to access and all you have to answer the questions.

MBTI in Korea

MBTI is commonly discussed in Korea. It is quickly becoming one of the basic pieces of information that people share about themselves. In Korea, when people meet they all share the same information – name, age, and the neighborhood where they live. However, now MBTI is being added to the list.

While it is a great way to get to know someone, there are also some negative points. In Korea, people often associate different stereotypes with each MBTI result. Most job applications these days ask about your MBTI, have MBTI requirements in the job description, or will require you to take a test as part of the application process.

Workplace MBTI

Workplace MBTI: The Soldiers

The brightest and most diligent workers are thought to be ENTJ, ESTJ, INTJ, and ISTP. These personality types are considered valuable in Korean work culture because they generally do not question authority. Plus, they have a high degree of loyalty and don’t procrastinate.

Workplace MBTI: The Enthusiastic One

ENFPs are considered to be great for marketing and other people-related positions. They are passionate and enthusiastic about everything. However, many introverted coworkers consider this personality type energy-draining. And so, depending on the type of job you are applying for, this MBTI in Korea can be an asset or a fault.

Workplace MBTI: The Rebels

ENTP, INTP, and ENFP are the worst MBTI in Korea if you are looking for a job. They are considered the most rebellious. They are free and independent thinkers who don’t mind sharing what is on their minds. While many cultures find these characteristics to be an asset, Korea does not.

Workplace MBTI: The Office Ghosts (Workaholics)

The very best personalities to have if you are looking for a job in Korea are INFJ, ISTJ, or ESTP. These are the workaholics. Commonly, they are referred to as “회사지박령” personalities. 회사지벽령 are office ghosts that are bound to their desks. If you stay at work until midnight the only ones you’ll see are these personalities and the ghosts.

Workplace Personality: The Mood Makers

Next, ENFJ, ESFJ, and ISFJs are the mood makers of an office. They are great communicators and have perfect intuition. Plus, it is thought that hiring those in this category will result in a lot of surprise snacks. Who doesn’t love surprise snacks?!?

Workplace MBTI: It’s 6PM…BYE

Finally, ISFP and INFP are the personality types that value work-life balance. They’ll go to work and be diligent while they’re there. However, you cannot expect them to be happy about it. They are not considered to be well-suited for office life. However, for sports, artistic and cooking-related jobs they are perfect

Final Thoughts on Workplace MBTI

Do you think Workplace MBTI or other personality measurements should be taken into consideration during the hiring process? Let us know in the comments below!

If you would like to learn more about MBTI in Korea, Click Here to read about some of the current social issues brought on by the MBTI craze.

🇮🇳 Suparna Karmokar

A passionate writer about South Korea.