Assessment Tools-Career and Professional Development Center - Carnegie Mellon University

Assessment Tools

Self Assessment Tools

The Strong Interest Inventory and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)

The Career Center offers two assessment tools to help you narrow your preferences in terms of a career.  The assessment tools are:

  • Strong Interest Inventory
  • Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) 

If you are interested in taking one or both of these tools, please make an appointment with your Career Consultants by calling (412) 268-2064.

Why take the Strong Interest Inventory?

  • to objectively identify interests
  • to provide a framework for organizing interests into the world of work
  • to help identify relevant occupations that may not have been considered before

The Strong Interest Inventory measures interests that are:

  • vocational
  • avocational (leisure, recreational)
  • environmental (working, living, playing)
  • reflective of preferences for types of people (co-workers, friends, significant others)

This inventory is used to help you understand your interests in a general way and to show some kinds of activities and work that you might enjoy. It lists many jobs, activities, school subjects, and you are asked to show your liking or disliking for each. Your answers will be compared with the answers given by people working in a wide range of jobs, and your scores will show how similar your interests are to the interests of these people. Remember, this is not a test of your abilities; it is an inventory of your interests.

Why take the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)?

  • To identify your preferences
  • To understand your preferences
  • To discover how your preferences apply to a career decision

The MBTI measures valuable differences that result from:

  • the way people like to take in information
  • where people like to focus their attention
  • the way people like to make decisions
  • the kind of lifestyle people adopt

Each of us has a set of preferences by which we live. There is no right or wrong to these preferences. They simply produce different kinds of people who are interested in different things and are drawn to different fields. This tool identifies valuable differences between people, differences that can be the source of much misunderstanding and miscommunication.