Sorted! What the 4 Hogwarts Houses Reveal About You in the Workplace

Wands at the ready! We’re going to see what your Hogwarts House says about how you interact with the workplace. If you’re a Potterhead, you likely buy into personality types of the House sorting. Of course, no house can encompass a person’s entire personality, but knowing which house you fall into can provide some insight to patterns of behavior. 

It’s not everyday we stop to reflect on how we are in the workplace. Everyone has strengths and challenges, even the characters of Harry Potter. So, we’ve put together an outline of what your strengths and challenges might be on the job and how you can work to improve! We hope you learn a little about yourself as well as your colleagues through the strengths and challenges we have outlined. 

If you don’t know which Hogwarts House you fall into, you can find the quiz here!

Gryffindor House

Gryffindor (values: courage, chivalry, and determination)

  • Strengths: Gryffindors are known for being courageous leaders who take risks. They aren’t afraid to take steps that others are too afraid to just because it’s been marked as risky. They jump right into a challenge without thinking twice about it. This bravery also translates into their coworker relationships. They are loyal to their friends even if everyone else is against them. They will stand by your side through thick and thin.
  • Challenges:  The bravery of a Gryffindor can also get them in some trouble from time to time. Their courage can overshadow their logical thought, and so they may take more risks than a company can handle. They can also be very stubborn and slip into very black-and-white thinking. It’s important to make sure the reward outweighs the risk that you are taking, especially if it will affect the company in big ways. Also, as Sirius Black said it best, “the world isn’t divided into good people and Death Eaters.” There is more than one way to do things and it’s important to see things from other people’s perspective.  

Slytherin House

Slytherin (values: ambition, greatness and resourcefulness)

  • Strengths: Slytherins are extremely intelligent, let’s not forget Draco Malfoy was 2nd in his class. They are natural leaders who know how to set goals and get things done. What makes people so weary of Slytherins is their honesty about their loyalties. If there is a path they think is not in their best interest, they’ll say it. But, this characteristic can be really helpful for companies because sometimes the Slytherins will catch on to something before anyone else does and lead them in a better direction.
  • Challenges: Slytherins are known to be a proud house, like Gryffindors. They often have a superiority complex because of how smart they are. They are prone to lying and manipulating their way to the top due to their ambition. In the workplace this can translate into making people do their work for them and still taking the credit for work they didn’t do. It’s important to match hard work to ambition so that you will understand what it takes to reach your goals. Don’t cut corners for the sake of getting ahead.  

Hufflepuff House

Hufflepuff (values: hard work, patience, and humility)

  • Strengths: Hufflepuffs are some of the friendliest people you’ll work with. They’re the people who work hard but never ask for recognition. They’re very patient and believe in equal playing fields for all. They will be the ones who make sure no one is doing more work than another. They also rarely start conflict or stir the pot. Dependability is one of their key traits and they will be there for you whatever you need: a favor, a listening ear, someone to pick you up from the airport, a helping hand. 
  • Challenges:  The kindness of a Hufflepuff can also be a double-edged sword, as they don’t like confrontation. If there is a workplace conflict or bullying, most Hufflepuffs are prone to not saying anything about it or standing up for other people. Along the same lines, if they are the one being bullied or getting picked on, they likely won’t stand up for themselves. It’s important to find the balance between staying out of a conflict and knowing when to say something, whether it’s for you or someone else. The power of good and independence must outweigh the fear of conflict when necessary.

Ravenclaw House

Ravenclaw (values: wisdom, wit and creativity)

  • Strengths: These are the dreamers and visionaries of your organization. Ravenclaws think very out-of-the-box compared to the other houses and are always looking for creative ways to solve problems. They will come up with the most innovative ideas that no one else could have thought of. They are also extremely intelligent when it comes to intellectual and emotional smarts. They’re highly logical which helps them to read situations very well.
  • Challenges: While being a visionary can take your organization in new directions, Ravenclaws can also live their entire lives in the clouds. If there is no balance, they will sometimes think too big without concrete ways to achieve their goals. Making sure they are also rooted in reality will increase their productivity and get them to the finish line.  Due to their high level of intelligence, they can also be egotistical, similar to the Slytherins. They have a quick mind and they know it which can lead to a superiority complex. Bringing a Ravenclaw back to Earth will help with a lot of their challenges and get them to connect outside of themselves again.

Not only is being sorted into your own unique Hogwarts House fun, but it also provides some insight into how you interact with the world.  Of course, a set of 3 values doesn’t outline your entire personality, but knowing how you might interact with the workplace could help you and an LGC recruiter find the best fit for you!