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Working Styles Assessment

Melissa A. Messer, MHS, and Heather Ureksoy, PhD

Assesses workplace personality traits in adults
Paper and pencil, Online administration and scoring via PARiConnect
Age range:
17 years to 70 years
25 minutes
Qualification level:
No special qualifications are required, although the range of products eligible for purchase is limited. Close


The WSA assesses a person’s work-related personality traits—the traits that are related to effective job performance.


Features and benefits

  • The only workplace personality assessment that uses the current Occupational Information Network (O*NET) terminology. The personality traits measured by the WSA can be compared to the traits associated with hundreds of current occupations listed in the O*NET database.
  • Measures 18 constructs, including all 16 working styles defined by the O*NET. These constructs are grouped in five general categories: drive, interpersonal skill, adjustment, responsibility, and problem-solving skill.

Applications and settings

  • Helps users understand their own work preferences and approaches, allowing them to identify potentially satisfying occupations and providing the foundation for work with a career counselor.
  • Helps hiring managers identify the working styles they value in employees and select applicants based on the degree to which they possess those working styles.

Test structure

  • The Assessment Booklet includes 14 agree-or-disagree statements for each of the 18 constructs measured.
  • The User’s Workbook helps examinees organize their results, generate a list of their own top 10 working styles, and match those styles to potential occupations.
  • For the counselor or HR professional, the Score Summary Sheet provides a fast way to score and organize the working styles of a client or job seeker.
  • Online administration and report generation is now available through PARiConnect. Two report types are available: an Interpretive Report for users and a Personnel Selection Report for hiring managers.
  • Standardization sample consisted of 739 individuals ages 17-70 years closely matched to U.S. Census statistics.