5 Skills Assessment Tips for the Career-Minded

During the interview process, potential employers will be assessing the potential value you might bring to their organization. Learn how to proactively use skills assessments to define your strengths and identify opportunities for development.

Employers use a variety of tools to assess a potential employee's strengths, personality and fit within the organization. If you're career-minded and motivated to develop your professional skill set, leverage these tips to assess yourself objectively, identify areas for improvement and find new ways to express your value to a potential employer.
View Your Skills Through the Eyes of an Employer
During an interview, an employer's goal is to assess whether or not each candidate's skills and personality match the needs of the company. When you're interviewing for a new job, or rallying for a promotion, here are some things a potential employer will want to know: 
How to Assess Your Professional Skills
Many employers leverage science-based assessments such as the Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator or the  Hogan 360 to help them identify high potential candidates. If you'd like to "get ahead" of an assessment, or actively demonstrate your commitment to professional growth and improvement, you might take the initiative and self-assess your skills before you start applying for jobs. With this new information in mind, you will be better prepared to position yourself to an employer. Here are five ways to do that effectively.
  1. Pay for a professional skills or personality assessment and leverage the results to identify your strengths and get ideas on how to promote yourself to an employer.
  2. Find a career coach to help you better understand your value to employers - often the objective perspective of a trained expert can help build your confidence too.
  3. Take personal inventory. Rather than look at job history, make a list of skills you bring to your work and rank them. Try to evaluate this from your employer's perspective.
  4. Ask your boss, a co-worker, or trusted friend to provide you with feedback - what do they see are your strengths and areas for development.
  5. Consider this question: “If I could do any job in the world without pay, what would it be?” What skills are required for that job? Are you qualified for that position?
Knowing what you have to offer an employer is the first step to developing your career path.
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