Psychological Tests

Psychological Tests, psychological assessments, and/or personality tests often have to be taken by those applying for jobs in government intelligence, police, firemen and similar but dangerous and sensitive confidential positions.

Job applicants may be evaluated by a psychologist through being asked questions and given various assessments or questionnaires. Courts may also use a test like the MMPI to evaluate a defendant in a trial case.

One of the psychological assessments that we are interested in that relates to career aptitude, career personality, and job suitability is the MMPI or Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory.

Psychological tests like the MMPI™ will help you discover your true personal working style, and uncover some of your ideal career choices.

Psychological tests and assessments can also help you to know yourself better…

The Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI-2™) was created in the 1930’s by Dr. Starke R. Hathaway and Psychiatrist J. C. McKinley at the University of Minnesota (Where it is copyrighted.)

This particular psychological assessment has been updated and revised a few times since the 1930’s.

    • The MMPI-2 is a scientifically researched psychometric test, which has been proven to be reliable to use through the years. It has what is called scientific validity and time proven reliability
    • It is a psychological test commonly used to diagnose and treat mental illness. Many licensed clinical psychologists and psychiatrists receive training for interpreting this test
    • In addition, it is given to screen employees for high risk, dangerous jobs like policemen and firemen, etc.)
    • This test is for adults only, 18 years and older
    • There are no right or wrong answers on this test
    • Graduate level professionals with proper training and certification are the only individuals qualified to administer this type of test
    • This test measures your personality

There are certain careers which require this test as a step in the hiring process. Critical, lives on the line type careers, like policemen and firemen require specific personal aptitudes, personality traits, and abilities not all of us possess as our strongest traits.

Simply stated, it is obvious not everyone is cut out to work in a highly dangerous, life threatening career choice day after day.

This is why the MMPI-2 psychological assessment test is often required as a hiring step for very dangerous and stressful jobs.

Knowing your capabilities and limitations can serve one well in life in general, and with matching yourself to the proper career choices for your abilities and personality. This test points out strengths and weaknesses.

Fitting the right man (or woman) to a potentially life threatening career choice is essential to the safety, happiness, and welfare of not only the individual seeking the job, but for the safety of the public at large.

Make sure you have the personal qualities required for coping and performing the job choice you want. A career personality test and personality assessment tests can help you with career choices which will fit your working personality and professional aptitudes. A job you don’t have the ability and personality for will be a difficult and unhappy choice.

The MMPI-2 is scientifically validated (It has proven and measurable testing criteria, based upon scientific research) and not free to take. But, the price is reasonable based upon how much reliable information you receive about yourself.

Dependable tests such as the MMPI-2, which have a long track record of reliability, have a fee because of the expenses involved in creating the test. In other words, the fees are used to pay the salaries of the research scientists and use of testing facilities.

The MMPI-2 test results is interpreted by a trained clinician. It is a psychological assessment instrument usually administered by a psychologist or psychiatrist.

Your personal characteristics are compared to a group model called the ‘Norm.’ The test’s administrator can make inferences about the test taker’s typical pattern of behavior and preferred way of thinking, how he approaches problem solving, and much more.

Even though the MMPI-2 will reveal extensive information about each client, it is no substitute for evaluation from a mental health professional. In other words, other important aspects of a person’s personality may emerge in discussion, versus from what can be evaluated through only testing questions. And, although other tests are self administered and self evaluated, the MMPI-2 is neither mandating a professional trained to interpret the test results and then reveal them to you.

In conclusion, psychological tests like the MMPI-2 are often administered as a precondition to employment to those applying for high risk occupations like, firemen and police, etc. It is also used to diagnose certain mental conditions in patients and clients. The MMPI is still used, but the MMPI-2 is the most current, updated version.

Myers Briggs Type Indicator

The Psychological test called the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI®) is an assessment based upon the theories of Carl Jung.

A Psychological Test, will help you learn more about yourself.

The Myers Briggs is composed of sixteen separate personality styles and eight preferences.

Personality tests can help you know you better by learning what your personal preferences are. This is what things you like and don’t. It can be anything from preferred work environment to that particular soft drink you enjoy over all the others.

Another example is, if one is an Introvert, he may prefer to do research, alone. If one is an Extravert, he may prefer to work directly with people speaking from a platform to an audience.

Knowing your personal preferences can guide you to choosing the most compatible profession steering you away from those jobs which may not suit your aptitudes and personality very well. If you know what you prefer, you can also know what kind of work environment you wish to work in.

The MBTI Test measures your personality type. The MMPI (Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory Test) is an additional psychometric psychological test that can be used to screen those interviewing for dangerous professions.

Knowing about YOU can help in planning your teen career, career change, setting the right career goals, choosing the most appropriate training, education and major in college, and even guide you in making a Midlife Career Change.

If you are having trouble figuring out what type of work you want to do the MBTI personality test can help you understand your personality style.

Once you understand your personality better, you can then apply what you’ve learned and match yourself to the type of work that will blend in with your personal preferences, and work aptitudes.

The MBTI-2 Psychological Assessment is a good test choice for the person who is entering the work force for the first time, for teens and college students.

  • The original developers of this personality inventory (MBTI) were Katharine Cook Briggs and her daughter Isabel Briggs MeyersVisit MyersBriggs.org for Additional information about the MBTI
  • MBTI and Myers-Briggs Indicator are registered trademarks of the Myers-Brigg Type Indicator Trust in the United States and other countries
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