The Office Test (US Version)
Which character from The Office are you?
The whacky world of The Office is full of zany and lovable characters striving to make the world of work more fun. This test will determine whether you have anything in common with the characters from the show.
Which character from The Office do you resemble? For each of the following questions, indicate how well it resonates with you below.
Question 1 of 35
I care more about being on good terms with people than achieving professional success.
The IDRLabs The Office Test (US Version) is inspired by psychometric methodology and based on research into the characters in the US Office.
The test provides feedback such as the following:
Michael Scott, the iconic regional manager of Dunder Mifflin’s Scranton branch, is a lovable buffoon who sees himself as a comedian trapped in a businessman’s body. Armed with misremembered inspirational quotes, endless cringe-worthy jokes, and the emotional maturity of a four-year-old, he attempts to inspire his workers with motivational speeches whilst avoiding any real work. Nursing a chronic lack of self-awareness and a desperate need to be liked by his employees, he creates a chaotic but oddly fun work environment where work is secondary to the daily shenanigans. Michael is instinctively selfish and likes to be the center of attention, although when pushed, he has a real capacity to show genuine care and loyalty to his employees, perhaps because he completely believes his own delusion that they are his friends. This naivety leads to him crossing boundaries, interfering with employees’ personal lives, and making politically incorrect jokes, but it ultimately stems from an instinct to deconstruct his own authority and a relatable desire to be liked.
Jim Halpert, a wise-cracking salesman and charmingly hopeless romantic, offers relatable reactions to the absurdities of office life. Known for his wit, pranks on his deskmate Dwight Schrute, and charismatic personality, Jim is often able to unite the other characters after Michael’s attempts fail. Jim's humor stems from his ability to maintain a laid-back demeanor in the face of the eccentricities around him, highlighting how ridiculous his workplace is by breaking the fourth wall with knowing looks toward the camera. Despite his detached, sardonic persona, Jim is a genuinely kind and thoughtful individual. His unrequited love for receptionist Pam Beesly is built on a genuine friendship that stems from a mutual desire to find joy in a dead-end job and make their workplace more fun. Jim's character development is marked by his journey from a seemingly disengaged employee to a committed partner, father, and co-manager, showcasing his growth and maturity over the course of the show.
Pam Beesly, a loyal receptionist and willing prank partner, often acts as a maternal figure whose care for all her fellow workers forms the moral core of the show. Initially introduced as a quiet and reserved receptionist, her loveless engagement and dreams of pursuing her artistic passions seem destined to make her a tragic figure. Yet she finds light at the end of the tunnel in the form of her slow-burning, unspoken romance with Jim, which eventually gives her the courage to overcome her self-doubt and pursue her artistic ambitions. In breaking out of those negative cycles, she ultimately finds her voice in the office, transitioning from a seemingly mundane role to a confident and assertive individual. One of the few characters that manages to deftly navigate the office dynamics and get along with everyone, Pam Beesly is a relatable and endearing person whose evolution resonates with audiences on a deeply human level.
Dwight Schrute, the eccentric and ambitious Assistant to the Regional Manager, is a hilarious, megalomaniac with a completely unfounded belief in his own authority and superiority. He is intensely devoted to his job and completely in awe of Michael Scott, despite his obvious disdain for Dwight. By taking charge of every minor clerical task in the office with absolute seriousness, he attempts to wield authority over an office that clearly doesn’t want to fall in line. Fiercely competitive and professionally driven, Dwight believes he is in a raging competition with his fellow salespeople, despite their obvious apathy towards their jobs. His unusual, quasi-Amish lifestyle and inability to take social cues often lead to awkward interactions with his colleagues. Initially, he is too preoccupied to notice or care about people making fun of his delusions, but as the show goes on, he demonstrates more camaraderie with the other characters, adopting the role of ‘weird uncle’ in their dysfunctional office family.
Angela Martin, the cold and judgmental head of the office’s Party Planning Committee, is always there to rain on everyone’s parade. Angela’s love for her cats far exceeds her love for people whom she often sees as bombastic, liberal, or otherwise fun-loving in a way that she despises. Angela’s love of cream cardigans, early 50s fashion style, and lack of emotional openness convey her conservative attitude. She shares a love of rules and a ruthless, competitive attitude with Dwight Schrute, which forms the basis of a burgeoning but secret romance that goes against her religious values. (Though she clearly enjoys the illicit secrecy of this transgression, which gives her extra reason to maintain a veneer of haughty, conservative perfection to the office at large.) Despite a general dislike for her co-workers, Angela’s stoney, disapproving presence provides a hilarious counter-balance to the zany antics in the office.
Ryan Howard, the ambitious and tech-savvy temp, is a symbol of many annoying young start-up entrepreneurs who speak solely in business jargon and always believe that their app is going to be the next big thing. Arrogant and clueless, Ryan thinks that he’s better than everyone he works with because he’s been to business school and pretends to understand social media. Due to his ambitious nature, he feels demeaned by his temp job and Michael’s attempts to teach him about a business world he clearly knows nothing about. His on-again, off-again relationship with Kelly Kapoor reveals an inability to move on from a complicated dynamic with his colleagues at Dunder Mifflin. By constantly changing hairstyles, he exhibits a desire to reinvent himself, even if it is only by dying his hair with early-era Justin Timberlake-style frosted tips. Despite brief moments where he appears to live up to his business potential, he often comes crawling back to the humble coworkers he has always looked down on.
Kevin Malone, the oddly lovable accountant, rarely understands what is going on, despite thinking that he is a Machiavellian genius. There is no intentional or unintentional innuendo that Kevin will not laugh at, even if he doesn’t quite get the joke. He openly makes perverse and offensive jokes, which would be creepy if he wasn’t clearly a simple, good-natured, and harmless man. Despite his unassuming approach to life, Kevin is always looking for opportunities to subtly break rules, including brewing beer at his desk to get around the ban on bringing beer into the office. Whilst he is not great friends with anyone in the office, he is generally liked and seems content to be in his own world, hatching hare-brained schemes that are far less clever in reality than they seem in his head. Kevin Malone's charm lies in his simplicity and the joy he brings to the office, whether he is aware of it or not.
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