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  • Career Quiz Overview

    The Princeton Review Career Quiz is an introduction to how you need to know yourself before you can find that career that you really love. It's free and quick (only 24 "choose A or B" questions), but it will give you an idea of the concepts. Once you understand the basics, you can move on to a detailed survey for career assessment that is even more specific.

    About the Performance Profile Survey

    There are two concepts you should understand as you take the quiz. The first general concept is that your behavior can be seen in two parts:"normal" when things are going well, and "stressed" when they are not. Because you are (everyone is!) unique, there is no predicting what stressed behaviors you will exhibit based on your normal behavior, or vice versa. They may be the same, but often are not. The second concept is that there are two types of motivators: "interests", things you like, and "needs", what you need from your environment and people around you to be productive. If your needs aren't met, then you exhibit your particular stressed behaviors.

    Further, each of the four behavioral categories (interests, usual, needs, stress) can be generalized as one of four colors. So a person's interests can be any of the four colors. There are four categories, and each category can be any one of four colors. For example, you could have red "interests" and a blue "style" and green "needs." The Princeton Review Career Quiz gives you the colors of your "style" and "interests," the motivator categories require the more detailed survey.

    After you complete The Princeton Review Career Quiz we will show you careers that match the "style" and "interest" colors you created. The colors have particular meanings:

    RED: Expediting
    GREEN: Communicating
    BLUE: Planning
    YELLOW: Administrating

    Why use the Performance Profile Survey for career planning?

    The Performance Profile Survey is far superior to other instruments used for similar purposes. Of the many reasons why it's better, three are most notable:

    • It is the only instrument available that does not assume that the way you act is also the way you want to be treated -- in other words, it knows that behavior does not necessarily equate with motivational needs.
    • To put it simply: accuracy. Individuals and organizations that have used the Performance Profile have found it to be astonishingly accurate.
    • The Performance Profile not only gives you information to help you better understand your career needs, it also tells you how closely your profile matches up with people in a wide variety of occupations.

    How can the Performance Profile help you with career planning? 

    Self-awareness is certainly a major part of the foundation of success and happiness. Your ability to secure a job--and ultimately a career--in which you will thrive depends on how well you can match yourself with the opportunities available. There are four behavioral dimensions presented in the Performance Profile--Interests, Style, Needs, and Stress Behaviors. These can provide a strong basis for you to better understand yourself. The four dimensions will also give you a framework within which you can examine potential work environments to see if they are right for you.

    • "Interests" describe the types of activities that you are drawn to; these will need to be present in a job or career that you are considering if you are to stay motivated. It is important to note that interest in an activity does not necessarily indicate skill.
    • "Style" describes the strengths that you could bring to a work environment when you are at your best. This is the way you like to get results. A work environment in which your strengths are appreciated is a big part of career satisfaction.
    • "Needs" describe what you require to be at your best. This is the kind of support you need in a job to bring out your strengths. Your needs might be very different from your style.
    • "Stress behavior" describes your actions when your needs are not being met. When you can recognize your stress behavior, you will have an improved ability to adjust to uncomfortable situations.

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