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Introduction Countless numbers of people in the fully industrialized world are determined to work in jobs that are genuinely meaningful for them A number of tools have been developed over the years in order to provide suggestions and career counseling for those who are still trying to determine where they best fit Two of such tools are the strong interest inventory and the self-directed search John L Hollands Self-Directed Search SDS developed in 1977 is thought of as one of the most important hypotheses of occupational decision-making and choice Holland found that numerous studies have shown that people flourish in their work environment when there is a good fit between their personality type and the characteristics of the environment A lack of congruence between an individuals personality and environment leads to dissatisfaction unstable career paths and lowered performance Strong Interest Inventory SII The Strong Interest Inventory or SII is an evaluation instrument that can provide a solid dependable guide for career enrichment change and development The test also allows individuals to compare their interests to those of people already employed in a wide variety of occupations The SII is based on the logical assumption that individuals are more satisfied and productive when they work in jobs or at tasks that think are interesting and when they work with people whose interests are similar to their own The actual SII test takes les than half an hour to complete and contains 317 items that measure a persons interests in a wide range of occupations occupational activities hobbies leisure activities and types of people It should also be noted that The SII is not an aptitude test but is designed to indicate individual interests and preferences not abilities In 1927 EK Strong developed what he referred to as the Strong Vocational Interest Blanks SVIB to measure peoples various interests and appropriate career classifications for those interests The original test had 420 items that
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