Working Styles Assessment (WSA)

Title: Working Styles Assessment (WSA)
Author: Messer, M. A., & Ureksoy, H.
Year: 2014
The Working Styles Assessment (WSA) is a self-administered, self-scored, and self-interpreted career exploration tool that assesses a person’s work-related personality traits in adults —the traits that are related to effective job performance. The WSA complements the Self-Directed Search, 5th Edition. It should take about 25 minutes to administer and about 10 minutes to score. The WSA uses Occupational Information Network (O*NET) terminology. It 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.  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. 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.
Age Range: Adults
Administration: Individual and Group

1 Complete Kit

  • 1 WSA Professional Manual
  • 1 WSA Fast Guide
  • 25+ Score Summary Sheets @$ 1.00
  • 25 User’s Workbook @ $ 1.75
  • 25 Assessment Booklets @ $ 2.50
Publisher: Psychological Assessment Resources Inc. – PAR Inc.
Qualification Level: Level A or 3
Test Category: Aptitude
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