VOCATION is a career assessment based on the RIASEC model. It measures 12 interest domains and then matches the individual profile with 138 occupations, enabling the individual to pinpoint the most suitable profession that aligns with their personality.
Analysis of 12 domains outlined by the RIASEC model:
VOCATION is a fair and accurate measure of occupational and vocational preferences, and HR practitioners and psychologists can be confident of its diverse application.
A review was made in order to ensure that all aspects of VOCATION accurately measure contemporary occupational domains and interests. Items were checked for cultural bias, clarity and accuracy.
DIF analysis was performed across gender in order to ensure that there was not a bias towards either males or females, and therefore that VOCATION is a fair test for both genders. For this analysis, the UK norm sample was divided according to gender; 167 female and 142 male.
VOCATION was developed from a thorough multi-stage process. The precursor to the questionnaire (Occupational Interest Inventory-R) was first developed in 2006. Questionnaire items and factors have been updated in order to ensure
a) that items reflect contemporary ways of working,
b) effective prevention of faking and social bias,
c) that practitioners have a tool that improves the accuracy of assessment decisions and
d) that individuals are clearly guided when assessing fit with desired roles and careers.
As well as these aspects, throughout the revision of this assessment, it was made sure that the structure of factors and items met the highest standards of reliability and validity.
|Measures||Conservatism, Emotional sensitivity, Introversion, Intuition, Intuition, Intuition, Meticulous, Openness-Imagination|
|Difficulty Level||Not applicable|
|Use for||Career management, Development, Interview|
This test works with all modern computer operating systems including Windows, MAC-OS and Linux and no supervision required to administer the test. A PDF version of the questionnaire is available on request. An administrator must manually enter candidate responses into the online platform to generate reports.The test was designed to be easily used by individuals from diverse backgrounds and those with a range of special needs. All test-takers are able to adjust visual screen specifications based on individual requirements. Alternatively, for blind candidates or those with severe visual disabilities, items may be read aloud by a trained administrator. Individuals with hearing impairments are not excluded from taking the questionnaire since all content is presented visually.
Although the average time for completion is 15 minutes, there is no set time limit. Therefore, individuals with learning disabilities are able to take the time they need to complete the assessment.
Central Test guarantees the security and confidentiality of data generated during the administration of online tests. Access codes are encrypted in the database and cannot be accessed by anyone. Passwords are computationally generated and are not visible to companies. A URL rewriting module (secure link generator) is installed and has transparent parameter passing for the user.
Browsing and data exchange via the Central Test application can be secured and encrypted using SSL. Secure browsing is guaranteed by the https protocol. Our application has a « GeoTrust SSL True BusinessID » digital signature, issued and certified by GeoTrust©. This certificate is irrefutable evidence of our serious attitude towards security and protects all our assessments from phishing attacks. Invitations to take tests are made via secured links that are of limited use. The tests are timed, and IP addresses are tracked. Access to questionnaires may be limited in terms of numbers and duration.
VOCATION has an overall composite reliability of .83, indicating that the scale has a very good internal consistency and is highly reliable.The composite reliability for VOCATION was computed on the standardised British sample (N=309).
The test-retest correlations for VOCATION show excellent results, with the lowest correlation being at .74 and the average being .81. Therefore, it can be concluded that VOCATION is a highly reliable measure overtime as a person taking the test at two different points in time, will consistently get the same results.
Validation studies showed an excellent level of concurrent validity, indicating that VOCATION is consistent with current existing models of occupational interest. Please request further information to under various robust validation studies conducted to show the validity of the tool.
|Comparison groups available for your candidate scores||
Comparison of the candidate’s profile with 138 occupations
Our personality assessment is based on six major dimensions of personality i.e. HEXACO model. The factors that make up the HEXACo model:
Openness to Experience
We provide three different types of reports which can be used by interviewers. Please refer to the reports section for further information. We provide lots of support to help our clients use our tailored assessments, including full debrief sessions before interviews commence to answer any questions arising and to do a deeper dive into the candidates’ personality, ability, and derailment reports.
Note: The SOVA Cognitive ability tests (verbal, numerical, and logical) are timed tests although the time is not present on screen. Therefore, we ask candidates to work as accurately and as quickly as they can – remember, ability tests measure maximum performance.