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THE STRONG INTEREST INVENTORY

It’s extremely important to find out what makes you tick and to know your strengths and weaknesses. This will not only help you during interviews but also guide you in the right career direction. Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® is typically the assessment you take in college or high school, but what is the Strong Interest Inventory® (SII)?

What is the SSI? The SSI is a self-reported questionnaire which measures your interests in a range of various occupations, educational subjects, leisure activities and the type of work you enjoy. The SSI was designed to help guide people to make education and career plans.

What are the benefits?

  • Help guide your career by understanding your interests.
  • Become aware of work environments that you would enjoy and thrive in.
  • Make better choices for education and training.
  • Understand your leadership preferences (i.e., Can you manage a team? Do you prefer to work in a group or on your own?)

What makes the SSI popular? The SSI’s results help you determine a career path, link your interests to career paths, and help you determine hobbies you might enjoy.

Tips for taking the SSI: Remember that there aren’t wrong or right answers; choose your answer in terms of how much you like or dislike that activity. You don’t want to analyze anything, but instead just go with your first thought. You’re not testing what you’re able to do, but instead what your interests are.

What to keep in mind: The results should be read by a counselor who can determine your scores. You must remember this assessment isn’t telling you what job you should do, but instead is able to identify patterns in your likes and dislikes and show how the patterns compare with people in a variety of occupations. This measures your interests, not your abilities, so don’t assume just because it said you will like this that you 100% able to do it.

For more information on the SSI and to understand the theories behind it visit https://www.cpp.com/products/strong/index.aspx.