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A personality self-assessment to match you with your perfect job

If you are looking for a job, working for a promotion, or you would like to change careers, you may be wondering how your innate talents and abilities impact your future happiness in your future role. You know that you want to find a job that you enjoy, but how can you tell what you would be good at before you get the job?

The best way to determine a job worth pursuing is by doing a job skills assessment. A self-assessment allows you to explore your personality type, find out what you are good at, and determine your values.

Here is a list of questions that may be a part of a self-assessment:

  • Are you more introverted or extroverted?
  • Do you generally remain calm, or do you get agitated or nervous easily?
  • Is your desk super neat, pretty organized, or somewhat cluttered, “I cannot see my desk”
  • When people do not do their job, do you wonder if you did not do a good enough job training them or do you wonder if they just do not care about their work?
  • When meeting new people, do you tend to talk more or listen more?
  • Would you rather drive a racecar or see a movie?
  • Are your financial investments safer or do you take more risks?

Job Skills Assessment Tests

There are many job skills assessment tests available online that may even be several hundred questions long. These tests are designed to determine answers to the questions above.

Sometimes a potential employer will want to evaluate you before your interview. However, if you can compose a list that combines your personality traits with skills that you are good at, you can assess your potential careers yourself.

The Answer is in Your Interests

By reflecting on your hobbies, you may be able to determine a viable career choice. Try answering these questions and consider the possibilities. Remember there are hundreds of thousands of job possibilities.

  1. Do you tend to like working with tools and objects, or working with other people?
  • If you like working with tools or objects you may be suited for a career in building, repair, or engineering.
  • If you enjoy working with others, you would make a good sales representative, team leader, or manager.
  1. Do you prefer things to be concrete and organized, or do you prefer to think about creative ideas?
  • Most career choices will involve organization to some degree, but if you prefer creative options, you may be suited for a career in art, music, advertising, or photography.
  1. Do you like projects that involve a finished physical product, or a social result such as improved self-esteem?
  • If you prefer to see a finished product, you could be suited for a career in sales, construction, or product creation. You may even like science and experimentation.
  • If you prefer social results, you could consider some form of counseling, hospitality, tourism, entertainment, or social work.
  1. Do you tend to enjoy business or science?
  • This is an easy question but understanding yourself can help you determine whether you would be suited for a career in entrepreneurship or data and research.
  1. How do you approach environmental changes at your workplace?
  • If you prefer a consistent day-to-day routine, you may want to consider office work like accounting, or repair and construction work.
  • If you like to see differences in your day, you might be better suited for a creative profession like writing, directing, or designing.
  1. Do you prefer others to take the lead so you can be supportive and follow, or do you want to step in and take charge?
  • If you are a person who tends to take charge, you could be an effective team leader someday. Look for a career where you get to manage people and lead everyone to a common goal.
  1. Are you good at interpreting feelings?
  • If you have an elevated level of emotional intelligence, you may be suited for teaching, medicine, professional coaching, or senior level management. These careers require you to understand what your students, patients, or clients are feeling, and understanding what they need to do to take the next step forward.

Choosing your Career

You should now have a better idea about what kinds of jobs to look for in your career search. If not, you should at least be able to narrow down your choices to a few categories. You always have the option of reading books or taking classes in order to get a better understanding of your career choice and to develop your skill set.

Remember that you can do anything you want when you are determined. Finding a job in line with your personal preferences helps you take advantage of your passion so you can achieve greater success.


  1. David Eastburn

    Person-job fit, person-group fit, and person-organization fit is a huge determinant of job satisfaction, performance, and retention. Thanks for this post as this helps us a lot in assessing these fits for ourselves.

    • Mary Kelly

      Thank you for your feedback, David. Glad to hear this post was helpful to you!


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