Career Assessment Tools

In order to truly connect with a profession, it’s essential to understand your motivators, style, and preferences. Self-discovery is a core element of career planning. Understanding your values, interests, skills and personality helps you determine the work environment or career field that may be a good fit for you.

The Career Center provides three online assessment tools to help you learn more about yourself and explore options. These are not tests that will result in a definitive recommendation. Rather, they are vehicles to give you language to appreciate your strengths, style and assets and consider how they apply to career possibilities. To access the tools, call or stop by the Career Center. These assessments are available to WashU students at no cost. A follow-up appointment with a career adviser is necessary to review your results, discuss ways to research and evaluate your options, and determine next steps.


The Strong Interest Inventory helps you identify your work personality by exploring your interests in six broad areas: realistic, artistic, investigative, social, enterprising, and conventional (often referred to using the acronym RIASEC). It then breaks the RIASEC areas into 30 specific areas of interest that can be directly related to fields of study, careers, and leisure activities. In addition, it describes your personal style preferences in five areas: work style, learning environment, team orientation, leadership style, and risk taking. Built on psychologist John Holland’s theory, it’s backed by more than 80 years of research into how people of similar interests are employed, and what motivates individuals in the workplace. The comprehensive report includes a list of occupations for future exploration.

Please allow 20-25 minutes to take the SII. Call during business hours to get the log-in info to access the SII and schedule your interpretive meeting with a career advisor.


The purpose of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) personality inventory is to make the theory of psychological types described by C. G. Jung understandable and useful in people’s lives. The essence of the theory is that much seemingly random variation in behavior is actually quite orderly and consistent, based on how you prefer to use your perception and judgment. The MBTI identifies your personality and helps you discover what motivates and energizes you. There are many applications for the MBTI assessment, including career planning and identification of suitable work cultures.

Please allow 20-25 minutes to take the MBTI. Call during business hours to get the log-in info to access the tool and schedule your interpretive meeting with a career advisor.


CliftonStrengths for Students (formerly StrengthsQuest) focuses on identifying your strengths, rather than your weaknesses. It can help you gain valuable insights into how your strengths can help you overcome challenges, achieve goals, and move towards a purpose that will leave you fulfilled and thriving.

Please allow 20 – 25 minutes to take the assessment. This is a timed assessment, taken online, and there should not be any disruptions or breaks taken from start to finish. Call the Career Center to get the log-in info. Your results will be available to you directly after completing the assessment and you should plan to discuss them during an interpretive meeting with a career advisor.