Metris Type Index

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In addition to matching based on value-alignment and job preferences, our most popular feature with students is based on our own research on team styles. Below, you'll find our index on the 4 different trait families and their type designations (P&Q).


Trait Families




Common Questions

Is it better to be one type over another?

Sincerely, no. Type P and Type Q for all the trait families have their own unique strengths. There are, however, better work environments for one type over another. Our recommendation is to lean in and be your authentic self and try to find a job that rewards you for being you.

How do I use this with my Metris results?

On your detailed report page, you'll see the four different trait families. Here you'll see that you're designated as either Type P or Type Q followed by the percent this type you are (Type P - 100% means your team style can be represented strongly by this type while 30%, for example, would show moderate preference for exhibiting the behaviors of this type). We recommend first checking out the type in the trait family you tested highest in (e.g. Connor's top score is Type P in the Productivity trait family - he should view the page for that by using the index above).

What is a trait family and what is a team style?

The core of our research is focused on team composition and behaviors within the team setting. From this research (and the many others that have come before us), we have several psychological and behavioral traits that show a way a person interacts within a team. Many of these traits share a common theme. To avoid making things exceptionally complicated, we have grouped the vast array of traits into their common themes, or trait families. These trait families describe how you work within a team - your team style.

Am I just one of these types?

No. Everyone has a combination of the traits. Likely, though, you have a few particular ones that are core to you. This preference is captured in your results as the percentage towards Type P or Type Q in the trait families. Ultimately, who you are and how you operate come down to your combination of the traits in each of the different families.

What if I'm in the middle? (What if I'm listed as a Hybrid?)

Everyone is some mixture of Type P and Type Q (unless you score 100%). Being a hybrid just means you don't show a strong preference for either side and are likely to show plenty of tendencies for both P and Q in that trait family.

Who are the people on each page? What is an archetype?

In Jungian psychology, an archetype is a depiction of a universally recognized character or part of the mind, for example the wise old man in fairy tales. We're not going by the official definition here but thought it was a great way to showcase a real person that typifies the particular traits that exemplify each type.

Why P&Q?

We didn't want the letters to be misinterpreted or confused with any other pairs (e.g. Type A vs Type B personality or X&Y chromosomes). Plus "mind your Ps and Qs," right?

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