Try these amazing free career personality tests to see how well your skills and interests match to hundreds of dream careers. It’s a big step to find out out what you want to do in life!
Do you want to choose a career but you have no idea what you want to do? These career personality tests are also called career aptitude tests or self-assessment tests. They help you learn more about your skills and interests – then show you what kinds of careers could be a good match for you, and why. This information is so useful when it comes to making career choices.
Try out these amazing career personality tests for yourself. When you’re done, read our advice on how to choose a career for useful next steps!
Here’s a fun one to start with. The Colour Quiz is an easy test that looks at your personality based on the colour you select. When you’re presented with a block of colours, select them in order of preference, choosing your favourites first. This isn’t a super-scientific test but it only takes a minute or two to complete! It also won’t tell you what careers you’d be good, but helps shine a light on what makes you stressed in the workplace and how to keep your cool. Colour psychology is a genuine thing – there’s even a Wikpedia article about it.
Okay, now we’re getting more serious. The Keirsey Temperament Sorter has a boring name, but it’s actually fascinating stuff. Answer all the questions and you will get to understand your personality type and what kind of temperament (or basic nature) you have. There are four temperaments in the Keirsey Temperament Sorter:
- Guardian (finding membership and belonging)
- Artisan (finding freedom and action)
- Idealist (finding meaning and unique identity)
- Rational (finding knowledge and competence, or skilled ability)
Each of these four temperaments has four separate flavours. As an example, you could be a Promoter Artisan or Performer Artisan – they share some personality traits in common but they’re both very different. In case you were wondering, Princess Diana was an Idealist Healer and George Washington was a Guardian Supervisor!
This fantastic career personality test really helps you understand what makes you tick, and what kind of work you’d enjoy doing. You get a free profile description when you finish the test (woohoo) and you also can buy the full report if you want (don’t bother).
TOP TIP: Once you know what your Kiersey Temperament is, visit this Kiersey careers link to find out more about how your temperament relates to a good career choice for you.
This questionnaire of 60 questions is American (it’s handled by the US government’s Department of Labour). Even if you live in the UK, it’s still a useful way to see where your career and work interests mostly lie out of these six areas:
For each question, you’ll be asked how much you’d like to do an example activity, from “strongly like” to “strongly dislike”. From this, the interests profiler builds up a picture of what kind of work activities you’d most enjoy and be good at.
Once you complete the test you’ll see careers listed for each of the six interests, and you’ll also be able to see how much preparation you’d need to do to get into those careers.
Once you’ve completed all the questions and had a look at the careers suggested to you, check out our feature on how to choose a career to begin your next step of setting goals. You’ll find the list of careers you’ve discovered through the O*NET Interests Profiler comes in very handy!
This test takes about 30 minutes. It asks you to answer a bunch of questions about what you like and dislike, much like the test above. Then it gives you a free career personality profile. Why does it take so long, and ask so many questions? Because it’s trying to see how your interests match up to over 800 different careers! That means it’s worth doing, because it could really open you up to some career choices you never knew you’d be great at.
Good luck! And don’t forget, when it comes to career advice, from CV tips and interview advice to finding a job, we’re here to help. If you’re a young person aged 14-24 and trying to find your own career path, we’ve got your back!
Practice Employment Assessment Tests
Okay, now for something a little bit different. Sometimes when you apply for a job, the people hiring you will ask you to take an employment assessment test.
This career test from the folks at Team Technology is interesting because it takes into account research conducted with 17,000 people in terms of how much they enjoyed their job in order to help come up with career results that would match your personality. The bad news is that it only matches you against around 70 of a possible 300 listed careers in the free version, but it’s still worth giving the test a go.
Once you’ve done the test, you can keep flicking ‘next’ through the detailed psychology bit until you get to the list of careers that could match your personality well. For each career, the test will say how well you’re matched to it for personality, the job, pay, and the topic.