Every job requires a certain set of professional skills. From communication to leadership to decision-making, it’s often difficult to find a job or to advance in your career without having a core set of abilities.
To find out what you bring to the table, below are four quizzes that can help you determine what you’re good at and where you could improve.
If you’re looking for a short quiz to rate your professional skills, Mind Tools has the perfect quiz for you. After answering just 15 questions (taking less than 5 minutes) your aptitude in five areas will be scored. These areas include: personal mastery, time management, communication, problem solving and leadership. Along with short description of each area, the quiz provides you with useful suggestions and tools on how to improve.
RichardStep Strengths and Weaknesses Aptitude Test
The RichardStep Strengths and Weaknesses Aptitude Test (also available in Spanish), consists of 84 questions in which you rank statements from “strongly agree” to “strongly disagree.” While it may seem tedious (it takes about 10 minutes) it scores your ability in 21 professional areas, such as resourcefulness and teamwork, and provides you with a description and tips for your top five strengths and your biggest weakness.
Sixteen Personalities is a personality test similar to the famous Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), but free and much shorter. After just 60 questions (less than 10 minutes) you are given a five-letter personality type based on your preferences.
From there, you can read through how the different aspects play out in your personal and professional life. In addition to romance and friendships, it provides you with your strengths and weaknesses, career paths and workplace habits, all of which can be used as a guide to better understand yourself and the types of careers you would thrive in.
I’ve listed Skills Builder by Careers New Zealand last because it is not so much a quiz as it is a profile of your abilities. After creating a list of skills based on your previous jobs and personal experiences, you are given career suggestions that match your abilities. This exercise is useful if you are looking to change careers and are unsure what fields overlap with your current talents.
Ashleen Knutsen is a science writer and editor in Los Angeles. After a decade of experience in engineering and research, she decided to pursue a career in science communications to not only spark women and girls’ interest in STEM, but to let them know that they too can change the world.