At SUMO, we’re all about helping creatives break out of their boxes – and the better you understand yourself, the better equipped you are to do this.
Based on the classic DISC personality test, the SUMO test assesses your working style, motivations and traits to help you celebrate your strengths and work on your flaws. It can also help you to better communicate with, understand and collaborate with your colleagues – and, with an understanding of each of the SUMO personality types, you can quickly identify your interviewer’s type and adjust your style accordingly.
This test works by identifying which of the four following characteristics is dominant in your personality: STABILITY/USEABILITY/MOTIVATIONAL /OBSTINATE. Remember there is no superior combination of these different elements. We’re all a combination of all four. You can learn more about each of these traits and what they mean at the end of the test.
It’s important that you answer truthfully, rather than selecting the answer you think is best – this test is just for you, so it won’t help you otherwise!
Ready to find out your SUMO type? Let’s get started!
Section 1 – Situational
Imagine yourself in each of these scenarios, and choose the outcome which best reflects how you might react.
You’ve just been promoted to manager, but have had no formal managerial training and have no experience of managing people. You are put in charge of a graduate, who is looking to you to train her from scratch, but often asks questions which you don’t know the answer to. You work in an open-plan office, where your conversations may be overheard by senior management. Do you…
It’s Halloween in the office, and a fancy dress day has been organised by the staff social team. There is a prize for the best costume. Do you…?
You’re in your first month at a new job, and your boss has started asking you to help with tasks which bear no relation to the role which you were hired to do. You don’t want to make a bad impression or come across as difficult, but you’re getting really hacked off and it’s interfering with your ability to do your actual job. Do you…
It’s the office monthly social, and the boss has insisted that everyone attend. You’ll be heading to a nearby bar to mix cocktails together, followed by a karaoke night. Do you…
You’ve been asked to work on a long-term, collaborative project with a colleague you thoroughly dislike. Do you…
Section 2 – Preferential
Choose the statement you most agree with from each set of questions.
I would most like to work in an environment which...
I would least like to work in an environment which…
You are a very adaptable worker who is suited to different working styles. You enjoy coming up with your own tasks and projects and completing them in your own way. Despite this you like to work collaboratively and bounce your ideas off other people. You might enjoy a content or social media role in a smaller creative agency or company.
You are an organiser. You are analytically minded and very good with details. You can accurately identify problems and come up with solutions. As someone who enjoys developing and implementing plans, you might be suited to a client-facing or management role. Hopefully your results will have given you a clearer idea of your personality type, but don’t worry if you’re still unsure. This test is just a guide and you may find you don’t fit neatly into one box. For more advice and guidance, visit Mr Sumo’s news and resources page. If you think you’re ready to start job hunting, find out what jobs Mr Sumo has to offer here.
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