4 popular employee self-assessment tools

In this article we explore four popular employee self-assessment tools. Find out about tools to empower self-awareness and professional growth.

Self-assessment gives employees a better insight into the strengths, weaknesses, and personality traits that affect their work. This article explains how self-assessment works and which self-assessment tools are available to help you get started.

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Success begins with self-awareness. You need to know what you want and what you can do in order to make a conscious decision about possible career paths. The great thing about self-assessment tests is that there’s no ‘pass’ or ‘fail’, as there are no wrong or right answers.

Self-assessments tell you more about yourself by gathering information about work-related values, preferences, interests, personality types, and abilities. Once you’ve mapped all these variables, it makes it a lot easier to find a job or role that matches your profile.


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To create a clearly defined professional profile, you need to take the following factors into careful consideration:

1. Work-related values

Work-related values, convictions, and ideas are what you believe to be important at a personal level, for example autonomy, security, flexibility, or work-life balance.

They also relate to your organization’s social profile. For example, if you champion environmental or social causes, then you’re not likely to want to work for a company that causes environmental destruction or condones dubious labor practises in developing countries.


2. Interests

Your interests determine what you like doing most. Psychological studies have shown that people who perform the same type of work often have the same interests. The Strong Interest Inventory (named after the psychologist E.K. Strong) takes someone’s interests as a strong indicator for a particular career path.


3. Personality types

Personality types are a combination of social and professional drives, needs, and attitudes. Your personality type largely determines whether you’re suitable for a certain type of work or working environment. Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung’s personality theory forms the basis of the popular Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) assessment tool.


4. Abilities

Abilities are largely determined by genetics, although you can also acquire, master, and hone certain abilities with training and practice. They determine whether or not you’re likely to pick up new skills easily.

Examples of abilities are mathematical insight, language, musicality, logical thinking, and manual dexterity. Your abilities determine your suitability for a certain type of work. Someone who’s all thumbs isn’t likely to make a very good carpenter, and someone with no feel for language won’t be cut out for life as a writer.

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So, what are the main benefits of self-assessment? Here are just a few!

  • The insights you glean from self-assessment give managers a clearer picture of their employees.
  • It also makes describing skills and competences easier and then matching these to job and/or character profiles.
  • An important aspect is actively involving staff in your evaluation. After all, they’re not just passive recipients of your feedback, but active contributors with their own insights and reflections. This also makes it easier for you to have more productive discussions.
  • The additional information that self-assessments provide also simplify finding and closing skills gaps.
  • What’s more, bottom-up self-assessments are more motivating than alternative top-down approaches.


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So, we can conclude that self-assessment is a great way to gain better insights into your personal qualities and work-related personality traits. It reveals what your interests, strengths, and weaknesses are, which, in turn, benefits both you and your employer. Take a dive into the world of self-assessment with one of the tools we’ve listed above and take you professional self-awareness to the next level.

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