Compatibility Tests for Individuals to Job Types

by Sophie Johnson

Working in a compatible job makes success more likely. If you’ve discovered your current career is a mismatch, but you’re not sure what would suit you, narrowing options according to the results of a compatibility test seems sensible. Compatibility comes down to several factors, which career assessment tests gauge. Personality, talents, skills, values and interests should all be examined to ensure a good fit with a career. Conversely, such tests can also reveal what types of jobs you should stay away from. Many tests exist. The University of Nebraska’s Buros Center for Testing provides test information online.

Personality Tests

Your personality can make or break job success. A shy misanthrope in people-oriented jobs such as sales or customer service likely won’t win any recognition. Personality tests, including the Myers-Briggs or the Keirsey Temperament Sorter-II, categorize people’s personality characteristics into types. Every type has some number of suitable careers. After learning those, you can see which dovetail with your talents. Both tests are widely available.

Aptitude Tests

Aptitude tests measure inborn talents whether these gifts have been developed or not. Employers commonly test for verbal and mathematical aptitude. Other types of commonly sought-after gifts include spatial reasoning, problem-solving ability and creativity. Among the many available aptitude tests are the OASIS-3, the Differential Aptitude Test and the Bennett Mechanical Comprehension Test.

Skills Inventory

Unlike aptitude tests, skills surveys guide people to identify skills and knowledge they’ve acquired through learning and practice, regardless of talent. Though such information doesn’t necessarily speak to job compatibility, once you’ve discovered careers you’re suited for, a survey can give you a starting point in seeking the needed training. O*NET Online, a U.S. Department of Labor site, provides such a survey. A skills test, often given by employers and career centers, measures a particular skill or skill set. For instance, a typing test is an example of a skills test.

Values and Interests

To avoid feeling stress at work, career compatibility considerations should include a values and interests assessment. Assessing interests reveals your passions. After all, a job you’re avid about is a better fit than one that inspires only lukewarm devotion. Tools such as the O*NET Interest Profiler at My Next Move identify interests, then relate them to work. A values survey such as that provided by  University of California Davis is a tool for self-reflection. By understanding what’s important to you, the test can help you avoid a job that undermines peace of mind.

About the Author

Sophie Johnson is a freelance writer and editor of both print and film media. A freelancer for more than 20 years, Johnson has had the opportunity to cover topics ranging from construction to music to celebrity interviews.

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