Focus Behind Gallup’s StrengthsFinder

The theory driving Gallup’s StrengthsFinder (GSF) is that you can foster your own interpersonal communication progress if you are aware of your characteristic strengths. By utilizing your natural talents, you can benefit your employer and achieve a higher level of job satisfaction and enjoyment.

GSF is formally referred to as Gallup’s Clifton StrengthsFinder Assessment. With this behavioral exam, you will find your unique strengths, defined by GSF as a combo consisting of knowledge, skills, and talents. The positive application of those strengths can make a world of difference in life as well as in the workplace.


Format and Content of GSF

In search of your strongest qualities, StrengthsFinder presents 177 sentence pairs to be answered within an hour. Expect a computerized format. Some of the duos are opposites, some are similar, and others have no apparent relationship. A total of 34 characteristics are highlighted through your selection of the sentence that most closely reflects your thoughts, feelings, or behaviors.

The results consist of your top five qualities. Instead of trying to fix whatever ails your behavior, you are expected to productively apply your highest five natural talents in order to better effectuate the tasks associated with your position.

In a very real sense, an individual’s strengths define their personality. Ten of the 34 characteristics spotlighted within GSF include:

  • Adaptability – adjusting to changing realities
  • Includer – accepting everyone
  • Ideation – interested in ideas
  • Empathy – feeling as though you are in the other person’s shoes
  • Competition – assessing your growth in comparison to others
  • Strategic – establishing alternative means to reaching goals
  • Restorative – problem solving
  • Developer – helping other employees to achieve their potential
  • Positivity – good karma and enthusiasm
  • Input – desire to learn

Keep in mind that when both sentences in a pair seem to apply, the actuality is that neither of them is applicable to you. Click the Neutral button in that case, as well as when both items only apply occasionally.

A sample pair: I enjoy relaxing; I enjoy cleaning


Why Prepare for StrengthsFinder?

Test preparation yields a familiarity with the types of questions and overall exam format. That pre-test familiarity carries with it exam comfort, increased speed and greater accuracy.

What do we mean by greater accuracy when we are talking about a behavior-oriented exam? If you get to the test site without having previously worked on Gallup’s StrengthsFinder practice tests, the number of paired sentences, the minimal answer time frame of approximately three pairs per minute, and the varying relationships between each item in a pair will all potentially bewilder you.

For example, when confusion reigns, a leader may appear to be a follower. If you are in a leading position, you may be in for a job switch to a more directed spot in the company, or you may be placed into a needless leadership training program.

This is a powerful test that impacts your employment. Practicing on GSF sample tests at JobTestPrep, until you feel at ease with the test structure and eclectic nature of the pairings, will contribute significantly to a successful exam experience.