What is the Strong Interest Inventory?
The Strong Interest Inventory assessment provides a powerful method for matching the interests of an individual with opportunities for jobs, education, and leisure activities. The 2004 Strong assessment, which is the latest version, is the result of nearly a century of comparing the interests of people with those of workers in various occupations. The assessment measures the degree of similarity between a clients’ interests and those of satisfied workers, under the premise that people are happiest in environments that meet their interests and allow them to express their values and attitudes. Factors such as job performance, satisfaction, and retention are determined by the interaction between the person’s personality and the characteristics of the environment.
The assessment uses John Holland’s theory of personality types, which categorized people and work environmnts into six types, represented by the RIASEC hexagon: Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising and Conventional.
When the results of the Myers Briggs and the Strong Interest Inventory are combined, there is a tremendour amount of informaton that is provided, which can be used as the spring board for helping clients in making choices ranging from majors in college to pursuing the right career path for them.