It’s common wisdom to seek jobs that match your strengths and interest, though the actual task of doing so can be difficult if you aren’t quite sure what those are. Self-assessments, or personality tests, can help you find out. Helpful tools in career planning and development, the tests give further insight into your goals and unique abilities, with the ultimate goal of aligning the two.
It should be noted that these self-assessments aren’t meant to provide irrefutable answers about your personality. They’re best used as a means to simply start thinking more critically about your disposition, particularly as it pertains to the workplace. If you disagree with the results of any one assessment, that’s fine — you almost surely know yourself better than the test — but the questions should spur helpful self-reflection regardless.
With that caveat in mind, below are a couple recommended self-assessments.
O*NET Interest Profiler
The O*NET Interest Profiler is an assessment on My Next Move, an interactive tool for job seekers and students to learn more about their career options that’s sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor. A fairly traditional test, the Profiler asks you to rate specific tasks on a scale of “strongly dislike” to “strongly like.” Example prompts include everything from “build kitchen cabinets” to “help people with personal or emotional problems.”
At the end of the questionnaire, your answers will be scored along six different metrics: realistic, investigative, artistic, social, enterprising, and conventional. You’ll then be able to view suggested careers based on those scores, with the ability to filter the results by the amount of required preparation and/or education. Each suggested occupation will come with an abundance of information, including job duties, necessary skills and abilities, technologies used, and average salary.
Big Five personality test
Also known as the five factor model, this assessment measures you in five areas:
- Openness to experience (inventive/curious vs. consistent/cautious)
- Conscientiousness (efficient/organized vs. easy-going/careless)
- Extraversion (outgoing/energetic vs. solitary/reserved)
- Agreeableness (friendly/compassionate vs. challenging/detached)
- Neuroticism (sensitive/nervous vs. secure/confident)
As opposed to the (scientifically dubious) Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, the Big Five personality test doesn’t sort test-takers dichotomously (you’re either introverted or extroverted and there’s no in between). Instead, the test posits each of the aforementioned traits as a spectrum and places you somewhere along it — for example, you’re not agreeable or disagreeable, but 36% agreeable.
That is not to say the five factor model is foolproof, or free of criticism, but there is some evidence that the Big Five test does offer some predictive value in determining people’s fit for specific jobs.
You can take a version of the Big Five test here.
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