Strong Interest Inventory
The Strong Interest Inventory® is the most widely used interest inventory available and designed to help you identify your pattern of vocational interests.
The Strong Interest Inventory is a useful assessment for anyone who is unsure about their future career goals. It can be a useful start to thinking about career planning or to help you decide between alternatives that you may be considering.
The Strong is especially useful for people in the early stages of career planning. It will not predict with certainty what occupation you should consider. However, by indicating how similar or dissimilar your interests are in comparison with people in a wide variety of occupations, it can be a useful step towards identifying work settings and occupations that may be satisfying to you.
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Choose the Strong Interest Inventory to
- Objectively identify your interests
- Provide a framework for organising your interests into general and specific categories within the world of work
- Help you identify potentially relevant occupations that may not have been previously considered
The Strong Interest Inventory measures your interests using 291 different questions to explore your likes and dislikes with regard to careers, leisure activities, school subjects and other categories.
- 107 questions about careers you would be interested in doing
- 46 questions about interest in different subject areas
- 84 questions about interest in activities
- 29 questions about interest in different leisure activities
- 25 questions on the people you would like to work with and personal characteristics
Your responses are compared to a representative sample of occupations followed by people
- who enjoy their work,
- have worked in that area for at least three years and
- who do typical work for the field
The Strong Interest Inventory is based on the idea that people who enjoy their work will, in all likelihood, share similar interests. It is based on the work of John Holland and you may be familiar with Holland Career codes.
Holland Career Codes divide people and jobs into 6 categories – Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising, Conventional.
The theory says that individuals with similar interests are often attracted to the same kind of work, feel comfortable with others who share their interests, and are likely to be successful in a work environment that reflects those interests.
The Strong Interest Inventory is a quick way to get a snapshot of career interests, but the highest interests may not be the most appropriate career for a client. That’s why I recommend that you use it in conjunction with other assessments.
Who Should take the Strong Interest Inventory?
- People unsure about their future career goals
- People in the early stages of career planning
- People who would like some pointers as to what would be useful and interesting leisure activities
What is included
The payment includes
- Everything you need to take the assessment online
- Downloadable Full colour report (minimum of 9 pages). An in-depth, personalised account of your results, which clearly shows how your specific interests, learning, leadership and risk taking link to various jobs, work settings and careers, plus a booklet to help you get the most out of your report. The i Start Strong is a different style of report.
- Comprehensive guidance notes
You have the option of booking a 30 minute feedback consultation with Denise.
Once completed your report will be emailed to you. Please allow 24 hours, and longer at weekends, although it is usually prepared and emailed quicker. This is not automated and is done by a real person.
Choose your Strong Interest Inventory report
A number of Strong Interest Inventory reports are available. The reports identify and provides insights on overall patterns of interests that can be explored for immediate and long-range career, educational and leisure planning. They are designed to expand, rather than limit, your thinking about the future.
Each interest testing report is designed to meet the needs of adults considering a career change, seeking more satisfying work within an organization or planning their retirement. It also introduces young people to the process of career choice and what to study at university, or which occupation best meets their interests.
The report identifies and provides insights on overall patterns of interests that can be explored for immediate and long-range career, educational and leisure planning.
Access a sample SII report here.
This report is for you if you want to find out more about the types of jobs that match with your interests. It comprises 9 pages,
The in depth analysis of your results will help you to see your level of interest in jobs against the 6 categories of Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising and Conventional.
As well as a broad assessment it also looks at interests in depth and you can see at a glance the jobs that closely match your interests with the top 5 highlighted for easy identification. The data is then broken down further as your responses are compared to 122 different occupations so you can spot the occupations that are undertaken by people of similar interests to you.
This report is for you if you want to find out more about the types of jobs that match with your interests. This is an essential resource if you are:
- Considering a career change
- An employee seeking more satisfying work within an organization
- Planning your retirement
If you are considering full time study, choose the Strong Interest Inventory College edition instead.
As well as finding out about your interests, you also get to learn about your personal style. Learn about the extent to which you prefer to work alone or prefer to work with people. Find out about your preferred learning environment, do you prefer practical learning to achieve a specific skill or an academic environment seeking knowledge for its own sake. You then get to find out about the extent you will be willing to take risks and whether you prefer careful or quick decision making. Finally we look at your team orientation, do you prefer to accomplish things independently or by working with others.
Interpretive Report: when you want more detail
Access a sample Interpretive report here.
As well as the profile report, you also get the expanded interpretive report, which goes into MUCH more detail – highly recommended.
This report provides you with a much greater depth of analysis to the Strong Profile Report. This extended report takes the top Strong interest areas and breaks down into the typical interests and activities that an area of work would include.
Your top Strong occupations are expanded to show you some typical work tasks and the sort of knowledge skills and abilities needed to perform well in this occupation. The report identifies and provides insights on overall patterns of interests that can be explored for immediate and long-range career, educational and leisure planning. The report is designed to expand, rather than limit, your thinking about the future.
High School Edition: to identify GCSE/ A level options
Access a sample High School report here.
This is the profile report with additional information specifically for young people before they take 16+ educational choices.
Alongside the Strong Interest Inventory Profile Report you will also receive the 2 page high school report that suggests academic subjects to study at University, volunteer and job possibilities and ideal work environment that fit your interests. It expands on the top 5 job areas for you to explore, including what you value in a job, example careers and some information on what each job may include.
College Edition: to help with University choice
Access a sample Strong Interest Inventory College report here.
This is the profile report with additional information to help you make university choices.
Alongside the Strong Profile Report you will also receive the 4 page report that suggests academic subjects to study at University, ideas for activities on campus and ideas for internships or part time jobs that fit the students’ interests. It also outlines the best courses to take to suit your top ten strong occupations and how to use the personal style scale to enhance your learning experience. Highly recommended by Denise.
i Start Strong – the low cost option
A new option is the interactive I Start Strong. I think this is great for a quick look at jobs to explore, and the report comes with lots of interactive links.
You can read more via the iStartStrong link.
This assessment is just £30 and a low cost way to get ideas.
- Choose which report from the list above
- Make payment via paypal or using the worldpay secured server. You will promptly receive an e-mail with a link to the assessment and full instructions, including user name and password.
- You complete the assessment on line in the comfort of your own home. Take 20-40 minutes to answer the questions. It’s that simple!
- Your interests are compared to thousands of individuals who report being happy and successful in their jobs. All reports are personalised to reflect responses to the 291 item strong interest inventory assessment. The report paints a clear picture of how your specific interests and learning, leadership and risk taking styles link to various jobs, work settings and career fields.
- All reports are personalised to reflect your responses – you will be sent a report which details your results. You will also receive a 12 page booklet to talk you through how to get the best out of the report in advance of our discussion.
- Usually within 2-12 hours your report will be sent to you as an Adobe PDF file, do allow extra time at weekends and bank holidays.
- Contact Denise if you wish to schedule an optional discussion, additional fee payable.
To make payment please visit this site: http://www.amazingpeople.co.uk/stronginterestinventory/ – the links are at the bottom of the page
I’ve got some questions about the Strong Interest Inventory
How do I decide which version to take?
The profile is great and there are different versions depending on your current situation – choose the High School version if you are 16, the College edition to help with university choice and the Profile report is for adults. Taking the Interpretive report gives you greater detail.
How can I choose between this and the MBTI?
These are different assessments. The MBTI is a personality measure whereas the Strong assesses your interests. In combination they provide great detail to make a career decision, but the best assessment of all is the Highlands Ability Battery which measures abilities, what your natural talents are, not self report.
I’ve got another question, what should I do?
Send your question by email and we will get back to you.