The Strong Interest Inventory is a carefully constructed questionnaire that inquires about a respondent's level of interest in a wide range of familiar items (e.g., words or short phrases describing occupations, occupational activities, hobbies, leisure activities, school subjects, and types of people). The Strong provides people with information about themselves and their relationship to the working world. This
information will lead to a greater self-understanding.
The Strong Interest Inventory provides the following information:
- Scores for six occupational themes that reflect broad interest patterns and describe your work personality.
- Scores for 30 basic interest scales that represent work activities, projects, course work, and leisure activities that are personally motivating and rewarding.
- Scores for 122 different occupations, comparing your interests with the interests of people actually working in those occupations.
- Scores for five personal style scales, which describe different ways of approaching people, learning, leading, making decisions, and participating in teams.
The Strong Interest Inventory is available to IUPUI students, staff, and alumni. Individuals are required to meet with a career counselor first. A fee of $21 is charged for this instrument. After taking the Strong, the participant returns for a small group test interpretation session with a career counselor. The results are analyzed and explained to the participant.