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Personal Impact - Self Assessment

Each person’s personality is essentially a unique combination of attributes and attitudes. We have already discussed how understanding the way we see and interact with the world can help us make important life and career decisions (see Personality Profile), however, there is another aspect of self-awareness that is just as important. We all need to be aware of our personal strengths and weaknesses. Not only is this a common (and often dreaded) question in interviews, it is also important to honestly assess our strengths and weaknesses so that we can better utilize what we do best and continue to work on the areas that we struggle in.

Take Action:

Answer the questions below to complete an honest self-assessment of how you see yourself now.  

Download this activity as a worksheet

 

 1.  If you were to describe your key attributes, which 7 words would you check?  (Feel free to add words if you feel they are more accurate.)

Acknowledging

Evaluative

Proactive

Adaptive

Flexible

Quiet

Aggressive

Generous

Relator

Analytical

Grateful

Reliable

Assertive

Gregarious

Reserved

Change-ready

Honest

Resilient

Committed

Humorous

Resourceful

Communicator

Initiator

Respectful

Compassionate

Inspiring

Rewarding

Confident

Intuitive

Steady

Consistent

Kind

Supportive

Contributor

Learner

Thorough

Creative

Open-minded

Thoughtful

Deliberate

Organized

Transparent

Driven

Outgoing

Trusting

Educated

Passionate

Trustworthy

Engaging

Perceptive

Unstructured

Enthusiastic

Positive

Urgent

Ethical

Precise

Wise

2. Growing up, most people participated in many activities in addition to school. Assign a rating from 1 (not likely) to 5 (very likely) based on how you believe others would evaluate your participation on a school, family, sports or community team.

 

 

When I am part of a team, I...

Not Likely....Very Likely

N/A

Provided strategy and strove to keep projects moving forward

1

2

3

4

5

N/A

Offered light relief when things were tense and helped the team avoid taking themselves too seriously

1

2

3

4

5

N/A

Helped the team mediate differences that were often just a clash of personalities

1

2

3

4

5

N/A

Emerged as a leader and was often selected by others for this role

1

2

3

4

5

N/A

Was a healthy skeptic, who provided an analytical view on issues

1

2

3

4

5

N/A

Brought together diverse viewpoints and ideas into a cohesive approach

1

2

3

4

5

N/A

Worked independently on specific projects for the team

1

2

3

4

5

N/A

Kept the team motivated and inspired

1

2

3

4

5

N/A

Provided the vision and the big picture of the goals, helping to keep the team from being distracted by small details

1

2

3

4

5

N/A

Helped the team expand its thinking and find innovative ways to push the team to greater achievements

1

2

3

4

5

N/A

Helped others be successful while not needing the spotlight

1

2

3

4

5

N/A

3. Complete the following statements:

  • My greatest strength is:
  • My greatest weakness is:
  • I could be even more successful if I would do more…
  • I could be even more successful if I would do less…

 

4. There are many possibilities for your future pursuits in life. Pick two of the options below to help you create metaphors about how you believe others perceive you. 

For example:

If you were a food, what kind would you be and why?

I would be a Snickers bar because I am both sweet and nutty, with a delicious sense of humor, and I have enough substance to stick with things longer than most.

If you were a mode of transportation, what kind would you be and why?

I would be a bullet train because I move at high speed, stop for nothing in my path, and carry a lot of people with me.

Pick two:

  • Animal – What would you be and why?
  • Book – What would my your title be and why?
  • Food – What would you be and why?
  • Mode of transportation – What would you be and why?
  • Musical instrument – What would you be and why?

Once you have completed your self-assessment, look closely at your answers. Be honest with yourself and try to think of ways you can better emphasize and utilize your strengths and also consider ways to strengthen the areas that you might be weaker in. 

Now you are ready to get feedback from others. While this is a difficult step for some, it is necessary in order to check that your self-assessment is accurate and whether or not you are clearly projecting your strengths. Head over to the 360 Survey page to create a survey about yourself to distribute to friends and colleagues.