Hiring the Right Employee: ESTJ Personality Type in the Workplace

If you are looking for an employee who is predictable, reliable and efficient, look no further than the ESTJ. Hard-working as persevering, these people are excellent employees. They take pride and pleasure in getting their work done in a timely manner and will provide you with a detailed plan for doing it. 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 respectful and chain of command aware they are. They want to be loyal to their manager and the organization they work for. For them, safety and security is achieved through order and predictability, so they want to know who is in charge, what authority they have, and what the rules are. For ESTJs, the goals are achieved by following the rules and regulations that their leaders have issued. Rules that they believe exist for the benefit of all.

For ESTJs, a plan is an essential part of their approach to everything they do. Determined and specific, they create the structure in which they do their work, if there is no one to do it for them. It is as if they have an internal sense of order that they must project into their work before they can begin to do so. They will organize both the steps and the resources needed to get their work done. ESTJs have a great need to know what the goal is and how long it will take to get there. So they will set a goal and then make plans to make sure it can be completed. They will go over your plan requirements in detail, determining the appropriate categories and systems to handle the requirements. When they have established this order, they act.

For many ESTJs, work is extremely enjoyable, even fun. Because it is, they will put everything in everything they do. They are results oriented and like to be busy getting things done. ESTJs usually come across a “to do” list that outlines everything they have to do, both at work and at home. Because they are motivated by their accomplishments, the simple act of checking off items on this list is rewarding. They may even have a tendency to lose sight of their long-term priorities due to their need to experience this pleasure!

These people are the ones who move and shake in the workplace. They like to do things as efficiently and economically as possible within known systems and procedures. By making things work well, they contribute to the organization. They are prominent implementers of new systems or procedures. By doing so, they hope to achieve their goals and want to be recognized for their own achievements. Being respected by others is much more important to them than being loved.

If there is something that needs to be organized, the 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 for their customers at a specific time. They are also known for their ability to design and execute systems, policies, and procedures that make things happen. ESTJs are committed to their own role models as the best way to do something.

Past experience dictates the present behavior of the ESTJ. They can be counted on to do things the way they have been taught. This ensures the continuity of knowing that they are correct and therefore safe and secure. If something new needs to be designed or developed, ESTJs will look at 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 your belief. They may be so convinced that they are right that they do not see that the solution they propose would not work for the problem at hand.

It’s as if ESTJs were born with an added help of authority. They meet people, determine where they are in the hierarchy, and treat them accordingly. Even if they want to respect and be loyal to their managers, they will not automatically give it to you until they have tested them thoroughly and shown they deserve it. They expect those in managerial positions to have earned their positions and to be qualified and able to manage themselves professionally. Managers will need to prove themselves to the ESTJ, and if they fail to meet the ESTJ’s expectations, the employment relationship is likely to be unsuccessful.

ESTJs have an optimistic attitude and strive to stay positive, even in the face of adversity. This feature is often useful for handling difficult or stressful situations. They will successfully control their emotions and generally 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 capable of actively and effectively coping with stress, and can stay focused and productive even when under pressure. On the other hand, while they may maintain an external image of calm, they may also feel frustrated or impatient on the inside during situations that they find stressful (that is, when they perceive that the discussion is too focused on theory, abstract ideas or personal problems, when emotion prevails over logic, etc.).

To maintain this outward appearance of calm, ESTJs tend to control their emotions or deny that they have them. They prefer that others also control their emotions. ESTJs also steer clear of interpersonal conflicts that they cannot control or quell to avoid the stress of becoming more involved. This means that stress is internalized and will not emerge until it is too much to control. They will manage their stress by maintaining strict adherence to structure, plans, and their vision of right or wrong. ESTJs have a tendency to control the behavior of others through their own “take charge” behavior. They will react instantly and forcefully to any effort by others to undermine or diminish their authority. ESTJs will rarely be passive in this type of situation. They like to know where they are at all times and want to participate in discussions that concern them or their work.

ESTJs are hard-working, goal-oriented, and highly motivated people who take their jobs seriously. They put great faith in systems, procedures, and policies and don’t always challenge the rationale behind them. They get great satisfaction when they accomplish what their superiors expect them to accomplish.

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