What To Look For In A Career Aptitude Test?

Dr. Purushothaman
September 27, 2013

Whenever we think about taking a career aptitude test there is always the rightful question of “how will this benefit me?”. Besides the obvious implicative response, describing the career test as an accurate tool for personality assessment in terms of career affinities, there are also several misunderstandings in terms of expectations from such a test.

Most tests out there have a serious foundation on which they are built. Most of them are based on old, acknowledged personality testing systems. Here is what you should expect from a career test:

An in-depth description of your personality

Your personality has a lot to do with your career choices. For example, if you are an introvert, you will choose fields in which there is minimum human interaction, such as researching, programming, writing. If you are extrovert, you will choose fields that stimulate you from multiple sources and where is a lot of human interaction such as management, public speaking and teaching. A career assessment test analyzes your unique personality first and foremost.

An in-depth description of your most important set of skills

Depending upon your basic skills acquired in your lifetime, your preferences towards particular career fields and your personality traits, scientists can tell the fields in which you can excel. This is a combination of factors that eventually ‘drags’ you to a particular career path. The in-depth descriptions from the online career test explains why you might be good for those careers.

A list of most probable careers that you might be good at

After all the data has been gathered there is only one thing left: a comprised list of all most possible careers that you can follow. Most people expect certain answers from a career personality test, but they don’t realize that it’s impossible to receive such a strict answer. A list is much more insightful because it will offer you a broader perspective on things.

When analyzing the results of your career test, don’t look for too many specifications. For examples, if your test emphasizes the management career path, don’t expect it to be too specific about that. A career guidance test will give you a general definition to that profession/career path, and you need to extract the essentials and correlate those with your own opinions. But the career test gives you plenty to go on: numbers, statistics, graphics, key information about certain careers, you can pretty much figure it out using this data.


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