I am specifically certified to administer and interpret many B-level proven assessments – my favorites include the Highlands Ability Battery (HAB), Strong Interest Inventory, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), and the Murphy-Meisgeier Type Indicator for Children (MMTIC), and I have undergone extensive training in each of them. They are considered the “gold standards” for their type of assessment and have excellent reliability and validity. I also regularly use an exercise called the Knowdell Career Values Card Sort.
While I customize my approach and the assessments I use for each individual, I have found that using a combination of the HAB, MBTI, Strong, and Career Values exercise most often provides the most powerful and helpful results for my adult and older student clients who are seeking direction in their careers and selection of college majors. I blend the results of all these tools into a creative mix to bring new direction and focus no matter the career decision, so my clients are equipped to make informed decisions and move forward with confidence.
Here are more details about each of the tools:
Highlands Ability Battery (HAB)
The Highlands Ability Battery is a “gold standard” aptitude battery. It is an online version of aptitude testing originally developed by Johnson O’Connor some 95 years ago. It consists of 19 short worksamples that clients actually have to perform to objectively assess their aptitudes, natural abilities, and giftedness. It cannot be stressed enough that it is incredibly important to have objective information about your aptitudes when you are making career decisions, and there is no comparison to actually having to perform worksamples to find out objectively what your aptitudes are. Often, I uncover aptitudes that have been overlooked, underutilized, and undeveloped. These aptitudes are so key to your wiring that to NOT use them often creates a nagging sense of overall dissatisfaction, especially as you get older.
Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)
The MBTI is the most widely used and trusted personality assessment today. It is a two part assessment – one part is taken online, and the second part occurs during a verification discussion with me. I have earned my MBTI Master Practitioner credential and love unlocking the depth of information the MBTI reveals for my clients. It yields crucial information about your core personality characteristics and work motivators that is essential to consider when making career decisions. It also yields helpful information for improving your effectiveness in learning, communication, decision making, team building, stress management, leadership, and so much more.
Strong Interest Inventory
The Strong Interest Inventory is the most respected and widely used career planning instrument today. It is taken online and yields very helpful information about your interests, preferences, work motivators, and personal styles and compares your likes and dislikes to people in different occupations who already have found satisfying careers to generate a list of careers you are most likely to find rewarding.
Knowdell Career Values Card Sort
The Knowdell Career Values Card Sort is an online exercise tool that is very effective in bringing clarity about the career values that are most important to you. In order to have a truly satisfying career and a good fit in a position your values must closely match those of the work you’re doing, your employer, and of your co-workers.
Murphy-Meisgeier Type Indicator for Children (MMTIC)
Like the MBTI, the MMTIC is a highly reliable assessment designed to raise awareness of children’s personality type preferences. The MMTIC is helpful for increasing understanding of self and others, beginning the career exploration process, and academic strategies. I like to use it with students in middle school or early high school who are interested in beginning the career exploration process.