Working Styles Assessment wsa

For: Assesses workplace personality traits in adults
Reading Level: Ages 17 to 70 years
Format: Self report, individual or group
Length: 25 minutes to administer; 10 minutes to score
Scoring: Hand Scored


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WSA online Interpretive Report (each) min order 5

For use in PARiConnect online account. Minimum order 5. Interpretive Reports offer an at-a-glance visual representation of working style scores, a list of highest-ranked working styles, and a customized Career Exploration Worksheet to facilitate career research using the O*NET. This report is based on response data from an i-Admin or a paper-and-pencil assessment.
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WSA online Personnel Selection Report (each) min order 5

For use in PARiConnect online account. Minimum order 5. Personnel Selection Reports offer an Applicant-Job Fit Assessment, which matches applicant characteristics to job characteristics, as well as sample interview questions designed to probe each of the 18 working styles. This report is based on response data from an i-Admin or a paper-and-pencil assessment.
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WSA online i-Admin (each) min order 5

For use in PARiConnect online account. Minimum order 5. i-Admins provide on-screen test administration, either in your office or remotely. Reports are purchased separately.
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WSA Introductory Kit

New! Available March 2014. Kit includes WSA Professional Manual and Fast Guide, 25 Assessment Booklets, 25 User's Workbooks, and 25 Score Summary Sheets.
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Melissa A. Messer, MHS and Heather Ureksoy, PhD


The WSA assesses a person’s work-related personality traits—the traits that are related to effective job performance.

Features and Benefits

  • Helps individuals gain a better understanding of their personal work preferences and how they approach a variety of situations in the workplace, allowing them to identify potentially satisfying occupations and providing the foundation for work with a career counsellor.
  • Aids hiring managers in identifying the working styles they value in employees and selecting applicants based on the degree to which they possess those working styles.
  • Guides developmental discussions between a manager and an employee who may be struggling in a certain area of their job by highlighting the employee’s strengths and weaknesses.

Test Structure

  • The Assessment Booklet includes 14 agree-or-disagree statements for each of the 18 constructs measured. The User’s Workbook helps examinees organise their results, generate a list of their own top ten working styles, and match those styles to potential occupations. A “Next Steps” section and a resource section provides further help with the career exploration process.
  • For the counsellor or HR professional, the Score Summary Sheet provides a fast way to score and organise the working styles of a client or job seeker.
  • A Fast Guide is included with your purchase of the Professional Manual.

Technical Information

  • Standardisation sample consisted of 739 individuals ages 17 to 70 years; the sample was closely matched to the U.S. population according to gender, race/ethnicity, and education level.
  • Internal consistency coefficients were generally high, ranging from .61 to .92 across all age groups; test-retest reliability ranged from .71 to .88. High inter-scorer agreement was found.
  • Face validity was strong, and intercorrelations were strong between constructs within each category (i.e., drive, interpersonal skill, adjustment, responsibility, and problem-solving skill).

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