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Guest blog: Hiring the Right Employee – ESTJ Personality Type in the Workplace


If you are looking for an employee who is predictable, dependable and efficient, look no further than the ESTJ. Hardworking as persevering, these people make excellent employees. They take great pride and pleasure in getting their work done in a timely fashion and will provide you with a detailed plan for doing so. They bring order and efficiency to everything they do.

One of the most important things to know about the ESTJ is their hierarchical nature and how very respectful and conscious of the chain of command they are. They want to be loyal to their manager and to the organization they work for. To them, safety and security is achieved through order and predictability and so they want to know who is in charge, what authority they have and what the rules are. To ESTJs, goals are achieved by following the rules and regulations that their leaders have issued. Rules that they believe are in place for everyone’s benefit.

To ESTJs, a plan is an essential part of their approach to anything they do. Decisive and specific, they create the structure in which they do their work, if no one is there to do it for them. It is as if they have an internal sense of order that they must project out onto their work before they can set about to do it. They will organize both the steps and the resources needed to get their work done. The ESTJs has a strong need to know what the goal is and how long it will take to get there. Therefore, they will set a goal and then make plans to ensure that it can be completed. They will go over the requirements of their plan in minute detail, determining appropriate categories and systems to handle the requirements. When they have established this order, they act.

To many ESTJs, work is extremely enjoyable, even fun. Because it is, they will put their all into everything they do. They are outcome oriented and like to stay busy getting things done. ESTJs are usually found with a “to do” list outlining everything that they have to do, both at work and at home. As they are motivated through their accomplishments, the simple act of checking items off this list is gratifying. They might even have a tendency to lose sight of their long-term priorities because of their need to experience this pleasure!

These people are the movers and shakers in the workplace. They like to get things done as efficiently and economically as possible within known systems and procedures. By making things work well, they contribute to the organization. They are outstanding implementers of new systems or procedures. In doing so, they expect to reach their goals and want to be recognized for their own accomplishments. Being respected by others is much more important to them than being liked.

If there is something that needs organizing, ESTJs will handle it with ease. They have a natural affinity when it comes to logistics. They do well in manufacturing where there is a need to have a certain quality and quantity of things to their customers at a specific time. They also are known for their ability to design and execute systems, policies and procedures that make things happen. ESTJs are committed to their own models as the best ways of doing something.

Past experience dictates present behaviour for the ESTJ. They can be counted on to do things the way they have been taught. This ensures continuity of knowing they are right and therefore safe and secure. If something new needs to be designed or developed, ESTJs will look to how things have been done in the past. They depend on experience to guide them. If it has worked before, it should work now, is their belief. They can be so convinced that they are right that they fail to see that the solution they propose would not work for the issue at hand.

It is as though ESTJs were born with an extra helping of authority. They meet people, determine where they are in the hierarchy, and will treat them accordingly. Although they want to respect and be loyal to their managers, they will not automatically give it to them until they have thoroughly tested them and they have proven that they deserve it. They expect those in management positions to have earned their positions and that they are qualified and capable of handling themselves in a professional manner. Managers will need to prove themselves to the ESTJ and, if they do not live up to ESTJ’s expectations, the work relationship is not likely to be successful.

ESTJs have an optimistic attitude and strive to maintain a positive attitude, even in the face of adversity. This characteristic is usually helpful in handling difficult or stressful situations. They will successfully control their emotions and typically will not behave impulsively. Even during prolonged stress, they will be able to maintain their composure and adapt their responses to meet the needs of the environment. They are generally able to cope with stress actively and effectively, and be able to stay focused and productive even when under pressure. On the other hand, while able to maintain an outward image of calm, they may also feel inwardly frustrated or impatient during situations that they find stressful (i.e., when he perceives that the discussion is too focused on theory, abstract ideas, or personal issues, when emotion over-rules logic, etc.).

In order to maintain this outward appearance of calm, ESTJs have a tendency to control their emotions or deny they have them. They prefer that others will control their emotions as well. ESTJs also stay away from interpersonal conflict that they cannot control or squelch in order to avoid the stress of getting more involved. This means that stress is internalized and will not surface until it becomes too much to be controlled. They will manage their stress through maintaining strong compliance to structure, plans, and their view of right or wrong. ESTJs have a tendency to control the behaviour of others through their own “take charge” behaviour. They will react instantly and energetically to any effort from others to undermine or diminish their authority. ESTJs will rarely be passive in this type of situation. They like to know where they stand at all times and want to be involved in any discussions pertaining to them or regarding their work.

ESTJs are hardworking, goal-oriented and highly motivated individuals who take their work seriously. They put great faith in systems, procedures, and policies and do not always challenge the rationale behind them. They get great satisfaction when they achieve what their superiors expect them to achieve.


Source by Andrew Singer

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