Aristotle once said, “Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.”

When we know ourselves and what we are good at, we can work smarter, not harder. Working smart means that are we more efficient with our time and resources. It is no surprise that those with strong self-awareness tend to do better professionally. They tend to perform better at work, get more promotions and lead more effectively.  To gain self-awareness, one can reflect on areas of success and challenge. Self-assessment tests are helpful in guiding that reflection. Assessments are used to help us identity strengths, interests and personal styles such as communication or problem solving styles.

Why Use Assessments?

People often use assessment tests to help them identify career paths that may be a good fit or to identify ways to advance in their career. They might be used to identify strengths to focus on in job interviews. Assessments can also help us improve our communication and leadership skills. The more we know, the more information we have to act on. When we know better, we do better. Check out some common assessments and how they might help you reach your goals.

Your Personality

Myers Briggs Personality Type

Considered by many as the most popular and well-known self-assessment, Myers-Briggs is based off of Carl Jung’s theory that we all have natural preferences related to how we perceive the world and live our lives.

The MBTI (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator) helps you gain insight on your innate preferences related to

  • how you gain energy and communicate with others
  • take in information
  • make decisions
  • how you schedule (or not schedule!) your life

These areas then make up your personality type. The MBTI will utilize your personality type to identify possible career paths as well as provide insights related to communication and problem solving styles, as well, as how you might approach your job search.

Your Strengths

StrengthsFinder (or CliftonStrengths, named after the founder of Strengths Psychology)

This assessment is focused on discovering what you naturally do best. The assessment will help you identify strengths or “talent-themes” and maximize those talents. Some examples of the strengths include

  • Adaptability
  • Communication
  • Connectedness
  • Consistency
  • Focus
  • Positivity
  • Strategic

Identifying these strengths can then help you market your talent-themes as part of the job search, or to focus your tasks at work. Some companies use StrengthsFinder to identify employees’ talent-themes to choose best-fit jobs or responsibilities.

Your Interests

Strong Interest Assessment

The Strong Interest Assessment identifies your work personality based on your interests. Built on John Holland’s theory of interest areas, it helps people consider potential careers as well as identify their personal styles.

The interest areas are:

  • Realistic
  • Investigative
  • Artistic
  • Social
  • Enterprising
  • Conventional

The assessment provides a scale of how high or low you score per interest matched to both occupational themes as well as specific occupations. The assessment also provides information on how your interests relate to personal styles related to how you might learn best or prefer to work.

Your Emotional and Social Intelligence

EQi – Emotional Quotient Inventory

The EQi assesses emotional-social intelligence in the areas of

  • Self-perception
  • Interpersonal
  • Decision making
  • Self-expression
  • Stress management

While many other assessments tend to focus on your natural interests and preferences, this assessment uses the theory that your emotional-social intelligence can be developed. The assessment will identify areas for development and provides EQ coaching and training. The tool has a leadership report option which focuses on authenticity, coaching, insights and innovation.

“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid” – Albert Einstein

Play on your strengths

  •  Acknowledge and articulate your strengths and interests.
  • Self-reflect often. When you enjoy a project, think about how the work related to your strengths or personal style.
  • Choose jobs and/or tasks that are going to utilize your strengths or focus on your interests. We do our best work when we enjoy the work.

Interested in exploring your strengths further? Click here to get started. Life in Progress Coaching offers assessments like the ones mentioned above. We can help you design an approach that will work for you to meet your goals.