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The WSA is the perfect complement to the
Self-Directed Search, 5th Edition.

Working Styles Assessment™ (WSA™)
Melissa A. Messer, MHS, and Heather Ureksoy, PhD
Purpose:Assess workplace personality traits in adults
Age range:17 to 70 years
Admin:Self-report; individual or group
Admin time:25 minutes to administer; 10 minutes to score
Qualification level:A
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The WSA assesses a person’s work-related personality traits—the traits that are related to effective job performance.

Features and benefits

  • The only workplace personality assessment that uses the current Occupational Information Network (O*NET) terminology. The personality traits measured by the WSA can be compared to the traits associated with hundreds of current occupations listed in the O*NET database.
  • Measures 18 constructs, including all 16 working styles defined by the O*NET. These constructs are grouped in five general categories: drive, interpersonal skill, adjustment, responsibility, and problem-solving skill.

Applications and settings

  • Helps users understand their own work preferences and approaches, allowing them to identify potentially satisfying occupations and providing the foundation for work with a career counselor.
  • Helps hiring managers identify the working styles they value in employees and select applicants based on the degree to which they possess those working styles.

Test structure

  • The Assessment Booklet includes 14 agree-or-disagree statements for each of the 18 constructs measured.
  • The User’s Workbook helps examinees organize their results, generate a list of their own top 10 working styles, and match those styles to potential occupations.
  • For the counselor or HR professional, the Score Summary Sheet provides a fast way to score and organize the working styles of a client or job seeker.
  • Online administration and report generation is now available through PARiConnect. Two report types are available: an Interpretive Report for users and a Personnel Selection Report for hiring managers.
  • Standardization sample consisted of 739 individuals ages 17-70 years; the sample was closely matched to the U.S. population according to gender, race/ethnicity, and education level.

Item numberProduct descriptionList priceAdd to Cart
WW-11270-KTStandardSDS/WSA/WVI Kit
includes the StandardSDS Kit, the WSA introductory Kit, and the WVI Introductory Kit
WW-10608-KTWSA Introductory Kit
includes WSA Professional Manual and Fast Guide, 25 Assessment Booklets, 25 User’s Workbooks, and 25 Score Summary Sheets

Plus, this kit includes a certificate for 5 FREE WSA Interpretive Reports on PARiConnect!
WW-11096-KTWSA and WVI Combination Kit
includes the WSA Introductory Kit and the WVI Introductory Kit
Manuals, Books, and Equipment
Item numberProduct descriptionList priceAdd to Cart
WW-10616-EKWSA Professional e-Manual (includes Fast Guide e-Manual)
e-Manuals are not returnable. Please see our FAQ before ordering e-Manuals.
WW-10611-TMWSA Professional Manual
includes Fast Guide
Forms and Booklets
Item numberProduct descriptionList priceAdd to Cart
WW-10612-ABWSA Assessment Booklets (pkg/25)$55.00
WW-10613-RFWSA User’s Workbooks (pkg/25)$35.00
WW-10642-SFWSA Score Summary Sheets (pad/25)$20.00

Related Products
Self-Directed Search® (SDS®), 5th Edition
Work Values Inventory™ (WVI™)

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