Interest Questionnaire for Tasks and Sectors (ITS)

This questionnaire is especially useful for people with some work experience. It is mostly used in career coaching situations.

Other interest questionnaires in the Test-Toolkit are the Interest H and the Interest L questionnaires. Interest H  is a questionnaire to map interests in degree courses and related sectors. Interest L is a questionnaire specifically targeting lower secondary school education.

The ITS reports on three different levels.

The Holland Plus model

Research has indicated that the Holland model is stable but can be complemented with a seventh factor, namely interest in ICT. This is not surprising, because – when the model was developed in 1958 – the ICT sector did not have its ubiquitous presence that it now has.

Holland Plus model scales:

Realistic, Intellectual, Artistic, Social, Enterprising, Conventional, ICT.

Interest in sectors

Additionaly, the ITS reports on 40 sectors in which the above mentioned fields of interest are reflected. These sectors are areas of work that are also included in werk.nl, whereby suitable jobs and job vacancies can be found easily. Reference is made to the manual for a comprehensive description of all sectors.

Interest in Tasks

This questionnaire provides insight into the kinds of tasks aligned with interests. These are:

Social tasks: Assisting, Solving conflicts, Convincing people, Motivating, Maintaining contact, Coaching people, Helping customers, Negotiating, Collaborating with colleagues, Influencing people, Advising people, Teaching, Management, Giving training and courses.

Mental tasks: Being creative, Reading, Writing, Strategic thinking, Analysis, Calculations, Planning, Organising, Collecting information

Supporting tasks: Planning activities, Resource and object management, Rostering, Administrative tasks, Setting up projects

Motorised tasks: Working with your hands, Operating large machinery, Driving vehicles, Working with machinery, Repairing machinery, Working with electronic devices, Working with computers, Physical effort, Repairing electronic devices.

Sample question ITS

Interest Questionnaire for Tasks and Sectors (ITS)