People sometimes find themselves out of sorts when they start considering jobs, especially if they're deciding on lifelong careers to pursue. Finding a job that matches your skill set and that you'll also find satisfying can be difficult, no doubt. Fortunately, career tests can help you pursue the job that's right for you. And in terms of simple longevity, one of the most popular career tests has been the Strong Interest Inventory, first developed 1927.
Strong Interest Inventory
CPP, a career exploration firm, says the Strong Interest Inventory assessment is one of the most widely used measures of vocational interest in the U.S. A career planning tool, Strong helps high school and college students as well as people in transition make fulfilling career choices. The Strong Interest Inventory assessment is also recognized for its reliability and can help people identify their interests, preferences and personal styles. The Strong assessment tool also uses four main scales to help individuals identify likely careers.
Strong's Four Scales
People taking the Strong Interest Inventory are measured on four scales, including general occupational themes and basic interest scales. Strong also looks at personal style scales and occupational scales. Strong's GOTs are based on researcher John Holland's theory of career choice. Holland determined that people fall into one of six "RIASEC" personality types; realistic, investigative, artistic, social, enterprising or conventional. Combined with Holland's personality types, Strong's GOTs help give people an accurate sense of the broad careers for which they may be suited.
Narrowing Careers Down
Thirty basic interest scales in the Strong inventory assessment measure interest clusters related to GOTs, such as athletics, science and sales. Once BISs are determined, Strong next assesses an individual's personal style scales to measure preferences for and comfort levels with styles of living and working. PSSs include work style, learning environment and leadership style. Strong's occupational scales, or OSs, look at how strongly a person's interests match the interests of others of the same gender working in 130 diverse occupations, such as accountant.
Myers-Briggs Career Test
One of the most widely known career assessment tools is the Myers-Briggs career test, or MBTI. Available online, the MBTI is offered by many career exploration services and counselors. MBTI helps people find their 24 most popular and 10 least popular careers. There's also a Strong/Myers-Briggs combined career test that takes test results from the Strong assessment and filters them through MBTI's personality types. Much research in the field of careers points toward the likelihood that people do best in careers suiting their personalities.
Tony Guerra served more than 20 years in the U.S. Navy. He also spent seven years as an airline operations manager. Guerra is a former realtor, real-estate salesperson, associate broker and real-estate education instructor. He holds a master's degree in management and a bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary studies.