Strong Interest Inventory

The Strong Interest Inventory® (SII) is the most respected and widely used instrument for career exploration / planning in the world. Moreover, the newly revised SII is more powerful than ever as its content reflects the way we work today such as the many changes in the workforce, the very nature of the jobs we do, and the mirroring of the U.S. population. The developers of the SII at CPP (Consulting Psychologists Press) take pride in the huge sampling size as well as the widest possible range of demographic, racial, ethnic and socio-economic data gathered to ensure the highest level of validity and reliability for the SII.

At its core level, the SII is based on the idea that individuals are more satisfied and productive when they work in jobs or at tasks that they find interesting and when they work with people whose interests are similar to their own. To say it in another way, a person’s interests are compared to thousands of individuals who report being happy in their jobs and are successful in their jobs. Similarly, it can be expected that students who are in a field of study that they find interesting and surrounded by other students with similar interests to their own, they will be more motivated and more likely to achieve academic successes.

The Strong Interest Inventory is an inventory of your interests; it does not examine your abilities and skills. Through a variety of questions, the SII will ask you to indicate your preference for a wide range of occupations, subjects, and activities then compare your answers with other people’s answers. It takes about 30-45 minutes to complete online and costs only $15.75. Approval for purchase of the Strong will come after you have set up an appointment and met with a Strong Interest Inventory Certified Career and Advising Center staff member. Then, once the Strong has been completed, you will again meet with that staff member to go over your report and interpret how it may influence your future college and/or career path!

+ Identify and pursue a career path that aligns with your interests and personality
+ Gain valuable self-knowledge that extends beyond the classroom and Career and Advising Center
+ Receive a user-friendly, personalized, and interactive report in the form of a PDF
+ Receive 1-on-1 consultation and interpretation of your results

+ The report is based on scores from the 291 Strong items and presents six prioritized General Themes (based on GOTs – see GOT hexagon below) and 30 prioritized Specific Interests (based on Basic Interest Scales, or BISs)
+ Interest results contain hyperlinks to O*NET™ database with detailed information about occupations for easy research
+ Include information on 130 Occupational Scales, demonstrating how similar interests are to those of the same gender working in the various occupations
+ The report also provides 5 Personal Style Scales to describe different ways of approaching people, learning, and leading, as well as interests in risk taking and participating in teams
+ Helps identify specific college courses and academic majors that fit interests and preferences and allow expression what is important to the individual
+ Uses interests to expand exploration of courses, extracurricular activities, internships, and part-time jobs
+ Provides information about educational requirements for specific occupations
+ Encourages expression of unique interests and personal style to help make the college experience more personally enriching

To set up an appointment with a Certified Strong Interest Inventory staff member, please email Amanda Reil, Senior Career Coach, at