Self Assessment Tools

To evaluate whether a career will be fulfilling in the long term, you should first ascertain what characteristics of a job will bring you satisfaction and what factors are most important to your everyday life.

Self-assessment exercises can help you identify these factors which translate into your skills, interests, and values – all of which are important to understanding your work style, optimal work environment, and can illuminate your overall career goals.

Identifying clearly what these skills, interests, and values are through self-assessment can help you to:

  • Identify skill areas that require improvement
  • Articulate your optimal work style and environment
  • Optimize the career exploration process
  • Develop smart strategies for career development
  • Narrow down potential career paths 
  • Communicate your strengths during the job search and application process

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Schedule a one-on-one appointment with a career advisor to discuss self-assessment and create an actionable, strategic plan. Make an appointment today with UChicagoGRAD.

Resources

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)

Based on the C.G. Jung personality type theory, this widely used tool places you into one of 16 distinct personality types. This test is not free. Take The Test >>

StrengthsQuest / StrengthsFinder

StrengthsQuest is based off Clifton StrengthsFinder, an online assessment that allows students and educators to discover, understand, and maximize their strengths. Users are given a report on their top 5 strengths. Cost is $15/code; UChicago has an institutional account so cost is at $9/code.

DISC

DISC is a behavior assessment tool based on the DISC theory of psychologist William Moulton Marston, which centers on four different behavioral traits: dominance, inducement, submission, and compliance. This theory was then developed into a behavioral assessment tool by industrial psychologist Walter Vernon Clarke.

Strong Interest Inventory

The Strong Interest Inventory (SII) is an interest inventory used in career assessment. The goal of this assessment is to give insight into a person's interests, so that they may have less difficulty in deciding on an appropriate career choice for themselves.

Individual Development Plans (IDPs)

Based on the results from self-assessment tools, completing an IDP will allow you to set goals for your career plans.

MyIDP, a free online tool from ScienceCareers.org, leads science Ph.D. students and postdocs through the IDP process from self-assessment to engaging mentors. It helps scientists identify their skills and interests, clarify their career options, and set smart goals to identify, attain, and succeed in a well-matched career.

Holland Codes

The Holland Codes or the Holland Occupational Themes (RIASEC) refers to a theory of careers and vocational choice, based upon the person-environment fit theory. This is an evaluation that generates your top three "Holland" codes, which are three-letter summary codes that represent the three personality types that best describe your work personality. For example, you might be EAS, which means enterprising, artistic and social, or CEI, which translates to conventional, enterprising and investigative. The US Department of Labor uses the RIASEC model in the "Interests" section of its free online database, The Occupational Information Network (O*NET). Users can navigate through the system and find a repository of careers and corresponding labor market information. Usage is free.

Motivational Appraisal of Personal Potential (MAPP)

MAPP is based on motivation and is used to help individuals pinpoint where to apply themselves so they can choose careers and make life choices that are in sync with their natural motivations. Users are given a 2-hour coaching session to go through the 30 page report in depth. Cost is at $120-$150 per code, an institutional account lowers the cost to about $35/code.

Harrison Inner View / Harrison Assessment

The Harrison Assessment is used more for pre-employment testing. Take The Assessment >>

16 PF

The Sixteen Personality Factor Questionnaire (16PF) is a self-report personality test developed over several decades of empirical research by Raymond B. Cattell, Maurice Tatsuoka, and Herbert Eber. The 16PF provides a measure of normal personality and can also be used by psychologists, and other mental health professionals, as a clinical instrument to help diagnose psychiatric disorders, as well as help with prognosis and therapy planning. It can also be used within other areas of psychology, such as career and occupational selection.

Enneagram

The Enneagram of Personality, or simply the Enneagram, is a model of human personality, which is principally understood and taught as a typology of nine interconnected personality types.

SHL Practice Tests

Take practice tests for pre-interview assessment tests such as verbal reasoning, numerical reasoning, inductive reasoning tests, etc.

Test Partnership

This website provides free psyshometric tests such as Numerical Reasoning Tests, Verbal Reasoning Tests, Error Checking Tests, Personality Questionnaires, Situational Judgement Tests, Leadership Tests and Competency Tests.