Career Personality Test

Career Personality Test or measures may be used to help individuals assess their personal style of relating to people and understanding one’s personality can also help in choosing a suitable occupational setting as well as a particular occupation.

There are different dimensions of personality that are measured for example:

  • Reserved: Outgoing
  • More intelligent: Less intelligent
  • Emotional: Calm
  • Humble: Assertive
  • Serious: Happy-go-lucky
  • Expedient: Conscientious
  • Shy: Uninhibited
  • Tough-minded: Tender Minded
  • Trusting: Suspicious
  • Practical: Imaginative
  • Forthright: Calculating
  • Self assured: Apprehensive
  • Conservative: Radical
  • Group membership: Self-sufficiency
  • Undisciplined: Controlled
  • Relaxed: Tense


Career Personality Test and the Career Guidance Counsellor


Career Personality Tools are certainly a help to the career guidance counsellor and the process.  If possible the client should be involved in the selection of the personality tools as an equal partner and the client should be adequately prepared for the assessment process.  Time and space should be provided to the client in order to reflect and consider the results of the career personality test.


Career guidance practitioners should shift away from presenting data to making inference about the meaning of the data.  When using a career personality test it is useful to:


  • Consider the attributes measured by the instrument and check with the client on their accuracy
  • Check with the client as to whether some attributes are over- or under-emphasised in the total picture
  • Discuss with the client whether some information from the assessment is only relevant to certain stages or a passing stage in development
  • Check whether some information has been overlooked because it does not fit neatly with the rest
  • Discuss with the client how far the information takes account of the desired or future self as well as the present self.
  • Help the client to think broadly about how the combination of characteristics relate to a broad range of occupations
  • Help the client to consider the lifestyle implications of the occupations identified by a career personality test, including travel, income and working hours
  • Suggest ways to explore occupational options when they have been identified and follow up with an interview to evaluate learning, occupation evaluation, reflection and so on.


Extracts Taken from Understanding Career Counselling (2006, Kidd)


Diarmuid Haughian MA Career Guidance, QCG


Career Personality Test

Career Personality Test