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




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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Sample Reports

Sample PARiConnect Personnel Selection Report
Sample PARiConnect Interpretive Report


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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