What We Measure on the Career Test

The Simmons Career Choice Test measures work tendencies, work preferences, job-related character, personality, and interpersonal relating collectively called Emotional Intelligence (EI).  

Emotional Intelligence is a type of Job Aptitude that has been found in many research studies to be the single best predictor of job success and of job fulfillment.

What we measure are the most important job-related personal characteristics.  In addition to personal use for career guidance, companies all over the world use our test to hire successful, long-term employees.  Companies have found that if an applicant scores high for a job, they will be successful, and will tend to stay longer.  They have also found that those who score low for a job either will not do the job well OR they will not like it and will leave soon.

Research Showing the Value of Emotional Intelligence

1.  Self discipline:  It has been found that Olympic athletes, world class musicians, & chess grand masters all have one specific attribute in common.  All three groups participate in consistent and repetitive training routines much more so than the general population.  In other words, they have an emotional strength in the area of self discipline.   ["Motivation and Elite Performance" Anders Ericsson, American Psychologist (Aug. 1994)]

2.  Delay of gratification:  Studies have shown that a child's ability to delay gratification (to wait to get what they want) at a young age is correlated with higher academic performance and higher SAT scores later in life.   [SAT scores of impulsive and self-controlled children, Phil Peake]

3.  Optimism (i.e. a positive attitude) in freshman college students was found to be a better predictor of good grades than was their SAT scores.  [Martin Seligman, The New York Times, Feb 3, 1987]

4.  Empathy (concern for and awareness of others feelings) has been found to be associated with children being popular at school, being emotionally stable, and scoring better in school. [Stephen Norwicki and Marshall Duke, American Psychological Society Meeting, (1989)]

There are many other areas of emotional intelligence that we measure, each affecting your job comfort and job performance in a major way.