Working Styles Assessment™ (WSA™)

A self-administered career exploration tool of a person’s work-related personality traits.


Purpose: Assesses workplace personality traits in adults
Age range: 17 to 70 years
Admin: Self-report; individual or group
Admin time: 25 minutes to administer; 10 minutes to score

The WSA is a self-administered career exploration tool that 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 thousands 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

• Can help individuals gain a better understanding of their personal work preferences and how they approach a variety of situations in the workplace, allowing them to identify potentially satisfying occupations and providing the foundation for work with a career counselor.

• Can aid hiring managers in identifying the working styles they value in employees and selecting applicants based on the degree to which they possess those working styles.

• Can guide developmental discussions between a manager and an employee who may be struggling in a certain area of his or her job by highlighting the employee’s strengths and weaknesses.

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 ten working styles, and match those styles to potential occupations. A “Next Steps” section and a resource section provide further help with the career exploration process.

• 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.

• A Fast Guide is included with your purchase of the Professional Manual.

• Online availability is coming later this year (2014).

Technical information

• Standardization sample consisted of 739 individuals ages 17-70 years; the sample was closely matched to the U.S. population according to gender, race/ethnicity, and education level.

• Internal consistency coefficients were generally high, ranging from .61 to .92 across all age groups; test-retest reliability ranged from .71 to .88. High inter-scorer agreement was found.

• Face validity was strong, and intercorrelations were strong between constructs within each category (i.e., drive, interpersonal skill, adjustment, responsibility, and problem-solving skill).

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