Interests tests are just one way of getting information vital to understanding a person. For those looking for a career, it is not the most “heavy” test – it is quick and easy.
Interests tests are simply questionnaires that gauge how interested you are in different activities and subjects. There are basically two types of interest tests: the more accurate and thorough ones are excellent at providing career matches. The less accurate, but cheaper and quickest, provide you with a list of generic careers that most people with your interests work in.
Some of the most prevalent advanced interest tests, which provide career matches are:
- Strong Interest Inventory: One of the most reliable interest tests, in our opinion, helps you define and organize your interests, goals, and calling.
- Campbell Interest Test: Specifically geared towards college students, this test gauges the vocational interests and skills with the goal of making a career plan.
The Strong Interest and Campbell are especially accurate and highly researched. These specific interest tests match your interest in activities, jobs and school subjects to jobs you will like. The Career Profiler, a career coach, recommends the Strong as the best interest test.
Two more basic tests are:
- Career Occupational Preference System (COPS): This test clusters different fields of study, careers, and activities to help people find the college major or career that’s right for them.
- Self-Directed Search: Developed by John Holland, this test “matches your aspirations, activities, and talents to the career choices and educational opportunities that fit you best.”
The relative weaknesses of these tests can be bolstered by other types of tests. Think of the results as a starting point for your job search. Research those careers to find job titles that perform the same kind of work in an industry that appeals to you. If you need help in this research, contact a career coach who can guide you through your interests, test results, and provide you with more information to find the perfect job for you.