Your unique interest pattern is the most important factor in determining the right choice for your career. It is also highly stable, even over the course of your lifetime.

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arrowWill my interests and scores change over time?

Research shows that by young adulthood, individual patterns of interest are set and remain consistent over time. You may become even more interested in activities you have strong interests in now, and less interested in activities you aren't interested in now. But, the pattern of your scores is unlikely to change substantially.

arrowWhat if I have many Personal High interests?

Most people have one, two or three Personal High interests. However, a small percentage of people taking the test have four or five Personal High interests. This does not affect the importance of the Personal High scores. They still represent your most important areas of interest. However, you will probably want to identify which you consider to be your top three Personal High interests, and let those guide your thinking the most.

arrowWhat if I don't have any Personal High interests?

Some people don't have any Personal High interests. This happens when the scores on all eight core business interests are numerically very close. It does not mean that you have no highly developed interests.

arrowWhat if all of my scores are low?

Even if all of your scores are "Average" or below, your Personal High interests are accurate for you. However, if

  • you have no Personal High interests, and…
  • your interest scores are all "Low" or "Very Low", and…
  • you think your assessment didn't capture the real "you" (for example: maybe you were going through a rough time in your personal life and think that this influenced you to respond negatively to many of the questions)…

then you should consider retaking the Business Career Interest Inventory

arrowI have two interests with the same score, but only one of them is marked as a Personal High. What's the difference?

Occasionally, two interests have identical scores but only one is a Personal High interest. The numbers you see are rounded up or down from a more precise score. So, one score of 58 might have been 58.49 and another 57.51. If this is the case, only the first may break the threshold to become a Personal High.

arrowWhy are there eight core business interests?

These interest factors were derived using a statistical research method called Factor Analysis. When this analysis is used, the resulting output is unpredictable. There might have been nine, or seven, or six, or ten…but in this case, there were eight.

arrowWhy are these the eight?

These factors were derived purely empirically. When you look at the actual items and their weightings, it is clear that one factor is all about persuasion, another about quantitative analysis, etc. The list of eight presented itself as a result of the Factor Analysis method.

arrowHow can I be sure I didn't influence my results in a direction that isn't really true?

You can't. Each of these factors comprises tons of individual items (think grains of sand) -- some of which are heavier than others, and some of which are actually negatively weighted. Some of these might be obvious when taking the test, but most won't be. So, although you could technically do it if you made an intentional effort to do so (but why would you?), the chances of your unconsciously influencing your results to a significant degree are negligible.

arrowWhat if I disagree with one of my scores?

People are complicated and complex. So, do your "due diligence" before coming to any conclusion. Read more about the interest score you disagree with. Think about it in concert with your other scores. Talk with someone who both understands the interest factors, and can help you think through your position of disagreement. There may be something there for you to uncover about yourself.
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