Questions appearing on a legitimate career assessment test are usually formed based on a 1973 theory created by academic psychologist John Holland. Holland’s “Theory of Career Choice” suggests that an individual is more likely to excel in a career that best matches his or her personality. Holland's theory describes six personality types, including realistic, investigative, artistic, social, enterprising and conventional. These six personalities are also referred to using the acryonym, "Riasec." A Riasec career assessment could help steer you toward a career path that is right for you.
Forget About Being Right
Assessments based on Holland’s RIASEC system evaluate how realistic, investigative, artistic, social, enterprising and conventional you are. What may be right for one person may not be right for you. For that reason, forget about giving the “right” answer. There are no right or wrong answers on a career assessment test. One answer is not better than the other. Consider only your own personality, goals, desires, needs, values and impulses.
Honesty Is Key
The whole purpose of a career assessment test is to help determine which career path gives you the greatest likelihood of success. If you aren’t honest in your answers, you only cheat yourself. Sometimes, providing an honest answer is tricky. For instance, you may second-guess your initial response to a question. It’s a good rule of thumb to always go with your initial response. Don’t overthink your answers. Otherwise, you may end up working in a career that is incompatible with your skill set and personality.
Preparing For An Assessment
Since there are no right or wrong answers on the test, no advanced studying is required. It’s a good idea to think about the type of working environments and social situations you like and dislike. Think about the hobbies and activities you enjoy. Take a practice assessment test to familiarize yourself with the online test taking process. With a practice test, you get a feel for the type of questions that may appear on the test.
Where To Take the Test
Some employers perform offer free career-assessment testing. However, you must be a job candidate to participate. Because employer testing is designed to benefit the employer, it may not provide you with the results of the test. By taking an assessment test independent of an employer, you learn which type of employers and careers you should target. There are numerous online resources that offer computerized career assessment testing. Career assessment tests are also offered at various private employment and staffing agencies, local workforce commissions and educational institutions, including colleges and vocational schools.
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