Personality Tests and Career Assessments*
Who am I?
What should I be doing?
Why am I not happy in my current position?
Career and personality self-assessments should be part of your career toolkit. They may validate / invalidate some answers you have, help you to articulate who you are, and even give rise to new ways of describing yourself.
Your ambitions and career “fit” may not be as clear as they once were. Your idea of your “dream job” may have shifted as you gained experience and developed your skills. You may have uncovered other aspects of a job that you find very attractive. What’s important to you in your job may have change. Or, you may even find yourself be at a point where you are looking for something entirely new.
So where do you start to uncover what it is that’s next for you? You can take some of the tests below or consult with your local library. Many college Career Services Department offer assessment to alumni and students at no charge. Always ask what assessment tests may be available to you.
Keirsey Temperament Sorter®-II link (free)
One of the most commonly used assessments, the Keirsey Temperament Sorter identifies your personality type and how you communicate and your actions after answering ~70 questions. Your more dominant personality will fall under Artisan, Guardian, Rational or Idealist. Findings can be beneficial in developing your career advancement or job search strategies.
Myers-Briggs link (free)
Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) Personality Inventory is comprised of 16 different personality traits. It is believed that people have a preferred style in how they perceive the world and make decisions based off that personality style.
CliftonStrengths (formerly known as StrengthsFinder) link ($)
Developed by The Gallup Organization and launched in 2009, many corporations began using StrengthsFinder helping managers capitalize on a place employees into positions based on their strengths rather than a just filling a job with a “warm body.” To take the test, you must purchase one of the strengths-based books (in print or electronically). Each book contains an access code you’ll need to take the online test.
O*Net Interest Profiler link (free)
Sponsored by the Department of Labor, the O*NET Interest Profiler can help you find out what your interests are and how they relate to the world of work. You can find out what careers you’d like to explore. Users answer questions interest to identify interest tendencies in six areas: Realistic, Investigative, Social, Enterprising, Conventional and Artistic.
Skills Matcher link (free)
The Department of Labor enables users to assess the skills they wish to incorporate in their career (e.g., reading, writing, speaking, critical thinking, technical, problem-solving, resource management). It then enables you to browse O*NET by skills categories generating a list of occupations that utilize your chief skills.
- 123 Test link Free; multiple tests (career, personality, DISC, Jung)
- Bloomberg Aptitude Test link Available through these universities link
- LEVO* link Getting started, tools, mentors, networks for millenials.
- Strong Interest Inventory Usually available at college career centers.
- Tony Robbins DISC link Free assessment of a Personal Strengths Profile
- TypeFocus * link
INDUSTRY AND POPULATION TRENDS
- Occupational Outlook Handbook by the Bureau of Labor Statistics link
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Job Statistics by the Bureau of Labor Statistics link
- Current Population Survey by the Bureau of Labor Statistics link
- O*Net Online link
* By listing these assessments, we are not providing an endorsement, implicit or implied. They are listed as a resource that only you can determine if they are suitable for you.