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A Job Assessment Can Help You Decide on a College Major or Obtain a Promotion by Andrew Stratton

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A Job Assessment Can Help You Decide on a College Major or Obtain a Promotion

Basically, a job assessment test is a modified form of a personality test. This kind of testing usually takes one of two basic forms. It can be used to find out an individual's specific interests in certain industries or it can be used to sort out interests among major career offerings. For example, the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) test is a job assessment test that is used to see the amount of interest people hold in different professions or jobs.

How the MBTI Assesses Strengths

The test determines a candidate's amount of extroversion and introversion, the degree of sensing and intuition they possess, their capacity to think and feel, and their basic ability to judge or perceive. This kind of assessment can assist individuals in seeing for themselves where to assert themselves, whether it is in college coursework or on the job.

The Strong Inventory

The Strong Inventory is another type of job assessment test. This evaluation helps job seekers and college students see where they fall, with respect to personality and aptitude, among six primary career groupings. These groupings definitively convey a test taker's strengths in conventional, investigative, realistic, artistic, enterprising, and social skills.

Of course, just because you register a strong proclivity to do well in the arts, does not mean you have to commit yourself to an artistic career. However, the information can be used in your present job to see where you can best utilize such skills. As a result, taking an assessment can help you better evaluate your skillset and see where you may need to make some changes as far as choosing college coursework or following a specific career path at work.

Testing an Applicant's Knowledge

Job testing doesn't just include testing with respect to one's personality. It also entails obtaining information about an applicant's job knowledge. So, if you are applying for a particular position and must take this type of test, you should make sure your background is conducive to the job for which you are applying. Employers like to give tests that evaluate a candidate's knowledge as they offer better insight into the applicant's qualifications. Usually, the tests are not given to candidates who only need some short training to grasp the basics of a job, such as careers in the retail trade or restaurant industry.

Customizing a Plan

Needless to say, it pays to be well-prepared for the job tests you may have to take. If you use testing for your own individual information, then you can save a lot of time and money with respect to seeking a career or training for a specialty. Both job seekers and students alike can receive a definite benefit from taking personality assessments before planning a course schedule or embarking on a job search. Regardless of your age, you can obtain a better grounding if you know how best to apply your background or skills. A job assessment test is as useful to the first-time job seeker as it is to the individual pursuing a second career. Scrutinize the results carefully so you can tailor your resume or college curriculum to your own unique personality and tastes.

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