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Jobs All Introverts in Hong Kong Should Avoid

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There’s a reason why HR executives are obsessed with personality tests. Certain personality types are naturally suited for certain jobs. Which means that each personality type is also not suited (naturally) for well…some roles.

As working adults, we spend most of our lives flitting from one workplace to another. If we’re lucky, we might just find the one job that suits us perfectly. You can say that finding the right job is just as tough as finding the right spouse. However, lucky for you, as a trusted recruitment agency in Hong Kong, we believe that it is our duty to inform the public about what jobs will and will not suit them.

Here are some of the worst workplaces and job roles for Introverts. According to your Myers-Briggs Personality Type of course:

INTP (Introverted, Intuition, Thinking, Perceiving)

The INTP is a personality that is fascinated by logical analysis, systems, and design. However, the INTP is a personality type full of contradictions. They’re people who admire logical systems, but they need to be challenged and often get bored with mundane day to day activities.

INTP’s need their freedom to experiment, in order to understand how the world works. They hate being limited by bureaucracy and rules. This is not the type to focus on the minute details of their projects. In fact, they hate it, as much as they hate rigid workplace environment.

The INTP hates working with colleagues who are aggressive, overbearing, and those who don’t appreciate their intellect. The worst workplace for an INTP is one where they are constantly being micromanaged and have to be accountable for whatever they’re doing every single minute at work.

Industries INTPs Should Avoid Working

  • Military careers 

  • Communication skills (i.e. publicist, marketing manager, lawyer)

  • Monotonous and repetitive jobs (i.e. accountants, data entry positions, drivers) 

INTJ (Introverted, Intuition, Thinking, Judgement)  

INTJs are problem-solvers. This is an analytical personality that enjoys logical reasoning and anything related to complex problem-solving. INTJs need to be independent, and they do not enjoy the unpredictable temperaments of people. 

The INTJ hates working in a loud and stimulating office environment. These are people that relish in silence and peace, and they need an environment where they can be alone to finish their work, without being interrupted. Additionally, INTJs do not thrive in a high-stress environment. Hell on earth for an INTJ would probably be a workplace that requires constant socializing. Or a job position that isn’t safe and secure.  

Industries INTJs Should Avoid Working: 

  • Admin (i.e. receptionist, data entry officers) 

  • Teaching

  • Police work 

INFP (Introverted, Intuition, Feeling, Perceiving) 

If you’ve come across an INFP personality, you’ll soon realise that these are an imaginative and dreamy bunch. INFPs enjoy spending time exploring their own ideas and values and are drawn towards creative and artistic ventures.

These idealists often choose to work in careers where they can express their creativity and individuality. Alternatively, idealists are drawn to professions that allow them to help and care for others.

The INFP hates rigid corporate environments that do not allow them to use their creativity to solve problems. Or a workplace that contributes nothing meaningful to society. 

Industries that INFPs Should Avoid Working:

  • Sales 

  • Banking or Finance 

  • Entrepreneurship 

  • Law Enforcement (i.e. policeman) 

  • Medicine (i.e. physician, surgeon) 

INFJ (Introverted, Intuition, Feeling, Judgement)  

Much like the INFP, INFJ individuals are people who are creative and nurturing. These personality types rely on intuition to find out someone’s emotions, even before the person realizes.

At first glance, INFJs and INFPs might seem to have a lot in common. However, unlike the INFP, INFJs are not afraid of complex problems. Since these types are drawn to focus on bettering the human condition. They’re drawn to environments that allow them to complete their projects in an orderly manner. Much like the INTJ, INFJ needs a quiet environment that allows them to independently pursue their work projects.

The INFJ hates careers where they’re required to act immediately. Although they’re problem-solvers, the INFJ needs time to formulate a response that gets to the core of the problem. As with all creative types, the INFJ loathes careers that feel routine and stagnant. 

Industries that INFJs Should Avoid Working:  

  • Regimental roles (i.e. military officer, police officer, auditors)

  • Sales 

  • Finance and Banking

  • Politics 

ISTP (Introverted, Sensing, Thinking, Perceiving)

There’s a reason that these personality types are also known as the detective. ISTP’s are personalities that are spontaneous and mysterious individuals. Despite their quiet demeanor, these individuals crave for positions that are unpredictable yet exciting. They are wanderers and will get bored with mundane or routine work easily.

As sensors, the ISTP enjoy “hands-on” work and tend to enjoy physical activity. Most ISTP’s are traditional people – they like the idea of making a good income. Uniquely, the ISTP thrives in an environment where they can be individual bosses. 

The ISTP hates positions that focus mostly on abstract theories with less “hands-on” work. People with this personality also loathes dealing with messy emotions and drama, choosing to approach the world with a logical way of thinking instead. 

Industries that ISTPs Should Avoid Working:  

  • Accounting 

  • Human Resources 

  • Admin 

  • Writing and Editorial 

  • Entrepreneurship

ISTJ (Introverted, Sensing, Thinking, Judgement)

Neat and orderly are two words that come to mind when an ISTJ appears. They rely on processes and will usually have a unique procedure for how they do things. Unlike their Intuitive counterparts, the ISTJ enjoys speaking in a straightforward manner and prefer to talk about ideas with factual, nitty-gritty information.

These groups enjoy working in a stable environment with structured rules and regulations. Personal hell for the ISTJ would be one with filled with slacker colleagues. Or one where the workload constantly falls on their laps.

The ISTJ hates working in a position that has little to no clear structure or order. This is a responsible personality that needs to know exactly what is expected of them so that they can deliver accordingly. 

Industries that ISTJs Should Avoid Working:  

  • Creative (i.e. photographer, art director, musician) 

  • Customer service 

  • Retail

  • Editorial (i.e. journalist) 

ISFP (Introverted, Sensing, Feeling, Perceiving)

Adventurous, and artistic, the ISFPs’ goal in life is to find ways to push their passions to the limit. Unlike the INFPs, the ISFPs are more grounded in reality. Additionally, this is a type that is focused on the nitty-gritty details of an idea, instead of the overall view. As creatives, they do not like monotonous or schedules, preferring to opt for positions that allow them to be spontaneous.

The ISFP hates working in loud, crowded spaces. The idea of meaningless connections either with their bosses or peers also aggravates them. Like most introverts, the ISFP prefers a workplace where they can have their own personal space. These people also thrive in positions where they can learn hands-on, away from abstract theory and thinking. 

Industries that ISFPs Should Avoid Working:  

  • Management 

  • Administrative duties 

  • Accounting 

  • Social work 

  • Finance and Banking 

ISFJ (Introverted, Sensing, Feeling, Judgement) 

The ISFJ is a personality that prizes good work ethic. People with this personality type are generally sociable, despite their introverted nature. Other lovable traits that the ISFJ possess include their loyalty, patience, and hardworking nature. 

The ISFJ hates having to step out of their comfort zone when it comes to the workplace. These occupations may be stressful or draining to the ISFJ. They prefer work that requires meticulous attention to detail. This is a type that relishes in clear authoritative structure and expectations of what is needed. Additionally, the ISFJ thrives in workplaces where they can focus on one task with undivided attention – without the need to constantly multitask. 

Industries that ISFJs Should Avoid Working:  

  • Creative arts (i.e. copywriter, art director, actor) 

  • Mechanical engineering 

  • Executive management (i.e. sales manager)