Personality Tests to Help You Find the Right Job

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Personality tests and career assessments are used to determine your personality type, your values, your interests, and your skills. They can be used to simply assess what type of person you are or, more specifically, to determine your aptitude for a certain type of occupation or career.

How to Use Personality Tests

Personality tests are useful in transitional moments of your career. If you are looking for your first job or interested in a change in career paths, a test is a good way to assess what kinds of careers might be ideal for you.

If you already know what kind of career you want, a career or personality test can still be helpful. They can show you whether you need more training or experience. They can also show you what skills you have that will make you a strong candidate. This can help you to write more specific resumes and cover letters.

However, it's important to note that none of these tests will provide you with a definite answer on what you should do with your life. Rather, you should use them as a tool to generate informed guesses and see them as one part of your overall career planning.

Cost and Reliability of Tests

There are a variety of career assessment tests and personality tools available online. Many are free, others charge for all or some portions of the test. Before you start the career assessment - and spend time doing it - check it out to see what fees, if any, there are.

When you take a free career assessment or personality test, keep in mind that some of these tests aren't scientifically validated. However, they are quick and easy to take and can give you insight into what type of work you might want to do and what jobs are a good match for you.

Career and Personality Tests to Help You Find the Right Job

Tests range from the Ten Item Personality Index, a short, 10 question assessment that measures personality traits, to the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator which is one of the top-rated personality tests that help assess your personality type and helps to explore career options.

There are a variety of tests that measure your intelligence or aptitude, inventory your skills and assess your ability to succeed in a career.

  • Aptitude Tests 
    Aptitude tests measure your ability to acquire a skill or do a particular type of work. These are the type of tests employers typically use to screen candidates for employment. Self-assessment and aptitude tests are available online and, in many cases, are free. Tests are available on just about every topic. There are tests to determine whether you have an aptitude for sales or for firefighting, for example.
  • Career Tests
    Career tests are used to provide an indication of which jobs match your personality type and which careers you have an aptitude for. You can take a quick test online and get an immediate result or take more extensive (and professional) tests to determine which careers might interest you.
  • Intelligence (IQ) Tests 
    Intelligence tests measure your intellectual functioning, or in plain language, how smart you are. They are designed to measure an individual's mental skills. A person's intelligent quotient (IQ) is a measure of intelligence derived from the results of specially designed tests. The quotient is determined by dividing an individual's mental age by his chronological age and multiplying the result by 100.
  • Inventories
    Inventories are checklists that you can use to identify factors that you relate to - and which you don't. They measure how your interests match those of other people employed in certain occupations. Career inventories, like the Strong Interest Inventory, provide a summary of your interest areas and the occupations that match your interests.
  • Personality Tests
    Personality tests and other psychological tests measure your personal characteristics, your emotional makeup, and your stability. They are often used by trained career counselors as a tool in the self-assessment part of the career planning process. Some of these tests can be personally interpreted online, others need a counselor to interpret them.