Choosing a career is a big decision. There are lots of factors to consider. What do you like doing? What are you good at? What are your strengths and weaknesses? What are your aspirations and ambitions? Do you prefer to lead or be part of a team? Some of these might be easy to answer and others a little harder.
However, the internet is full of various personality tests claiming to tell you something about yourself and your behaviours. Here is a summary of the top 8 personality tests currently available that focus on career guidance.
Big Five personality assessments divide people into five personality traits: openness, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness and neuroticism. The assessment identifies a preference out of the five and can help you identify learning styles as well as work preferences.
- Cattell 16PF (PF stands for “personality factors”)
The sixteen personality factors or 16PF psychometric test assesses various primary personality traits in order to provide feedback about an individual’s disposition. It was traditionally used by psychologists in clinical or research settings and more recently by recruitment consultants and prospective employers.
This assessment seeks to help you identify your motivations and identify your career priorities. By ranking different aspects of work, the results can encourage you to look at jobs or industries you may not have considered before
- Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)
The Myers–Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is an introspective self-report questionnaire claiming to indicate psychological preferences in how people perceive the world around them and make decisions. Constructed by Katharine Cook Briggs and her daughter Isabel Briggs Myers, the assessment results in a four letter ‘type’ – for example INFP or ESFJ. There are 16 distinctive personality types in total. .
- Thomas International Personal Profile
Thomas International Personal Profile Analysis tests (or PPAs) are used by 5,000 UK businesses and 123 schools. The PPA test takes 8 minutes to complete and is made up of 24 questions. The assessment is based on the work of 1920s psychologist William Marston, the creator of the lie detector, and evaluates dominance, steadiness, influence and compliance to determine personality traits.
- Truity Holland Code Career Test
The test aims to help the user identify their primary career interest area. It measures interest in 6 categories of different careers: Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising and Conventional. The test will produce a list of possible careers based on the top interest areas identified.
MAPP is Motivational Appraisal of Personal Potential. The test consists of approximately 79 questions each with three option answers to choose from. You pick the statement you like the most and the one you like the least.
This assessment draws from other assessments including Myers-Briggs, Jungian theory and the Big Five. At the end you are assigned one of 16 personality types with names like “Mediator,” “Commander” and “Defender.”