Employability and Careers

Assess your strengths and personality

Personality assessments fall into two main categories, psychometric assessment of aptitude/ability and personality questionnaires.  These are assessment techniques designed to measure a range of human characteristics including intellectual ability/aptitude, personality, numeracy, interests and values. Of these, only assessments of ability, and to a lesser extent, personality, are likely to feature in graduate selection.

Psychometric assessments fall into two main categories, tests of aptitude/ability and personality questionnaires.  These are assessment techniques designed to measure a range of human characteristics including intellectual ability/aptitude and personality. These assessments of ability, and to a lesser extent, personality, are likely to feature in graduate selection.

Psychometric tests are structured, written or computer-based exercises which are carefully designed to measure whether you have the specific abilities or personal qualities in relation to the job specification. Your score (or profile) is compared with the scores of previous, successful applicants and employees, to predict your potential for performing effectively in the job. They may be used as an initial filter, to determine whether you will proceed to the next stage of selection where there is a fixed cut-off score (pass/fail). They may also be used at the final stage of selection, as part of an assessment centre. In this case, the assessments may not carry any more weight than the other elements of the selection procedure. You can practise these aptitude tests on the website www.profilingforsuccess.com/main, email us for the access codes careers@surrey.ac.uk. See also our leaflet ‘Psychometric Tests’ for more advice.

Personality indicators such as the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) help you gain a better understanding of your own preferences.  The theory of personal preference is based on the idea that we seem to be born with preferred ways to obtain our energy, take in information, reach decisions and deal with the outside world. These preferences lead to the definition of 16 different personality types each of which is characterised by preferred behaviour patterns. These in turn can influence our choice of career. You can do The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) as part of our "Personality and Career Choice" workshops in our Events Calendar (details on this site). The workshops are facilitated by some of our Careers Advisers who have been trained and qualified as MBTI practitioners. If you require more individual advice after attending the workshop you can book an appointment with a Careers Adviser.

You also have the option of doing our on-line personality indicator which is similar to the Myers Briggs . This assessment is available via the website www.profilingforsuccess.com/main, contact us for the access codes. Shortly after completion you will receive a 12 page report of your results by email.  The report is self-explanatory, but you are welcome to make an appointment with a Careers Adviser if you wish to discuss your career options in more depth.

Our Careers Library carries a reference copies of: 

  • Introduction to Type
  • Type and Culture: Using the MBTI Instrument in International Applications and
  • Type and Career Development: Facilitating Personal and Professional Development, by Isabel Briggs Myers

Our information leaflet further explores assessing your personality