myStrengths FAQs

What is a talent?

According to Gallup, "A talent is a naturally recurring pattern of thought, feeling or behavior that can be productively applied."

What is a strength?

According to Gallup, "A strength is the ability to consistently provide near-perfect performance in a specific activity. The key to building a strength is to identify your dominant talents, then complement them by acquiring knowledge and skills pertinent to the activity."

How likely is it to have the same Top 5 Talent Themes as somebody else?

The chances of having the exact same Top 5 Talent Themes in the exact order as someone else is 1 in 33.39 million. The chances of having the same Top 5 Talent Themes as someone else (but in a different order) is approximately 1 in 340,000.

Who has access to my StrengthsFinder results? What will those results be used for?

Your results may be accessed by University faculty and staff to ensure your success as a student. For example, your academic adviser, career counselor or instructor may use a strengths-based approach to help you learn more about yourself, others and opportunities to engage on campus.

What careers and/or majors should I pursue based on my talents themes/strengths?

Your Top 5 Talent Themes won't dictate specific majors or careers that you should pursue. For example, having the talent theme of "Analytical" does not mean that you should pursue a major in math or computer science. Instead, consider how you can apply your talents to the majors and/or careers that are of the greatest interest to you or how the skills and knowledge you gain through a specific major and/or career will provide opportunities to transform your talents into strengths.

What about my weaknesses? Should I just ignore them now that I know my strengths?

The strengths-based approach is not about ignoring weaknesses. It is important to be aware of areas that are not strengths; however, instead of spending a lot of time and energy trying to turn those weaknesses into strengths, figure out ways to manage those weaknesses so that they don't prevent you from being successful.

Will I be "labeled", "stereotyped", "put in a box" based on my talent themes/strengths?

No. The StrengthsFinder assessment is a tool to help your own self-discovery and to take action on that self-discover. Your Top 5 Talent Themes are intended to help raise your awareness about where you naturally excel or have the potential to excel. They are not intended to box you in but rather serve as a platform for reflection and conversation that can be helpful as you navigate choices and opportunities related to academics, career, relationships, getting involved on campus and more.

Is the assessment available in other languages?

The StrengthsFinder assessment is offered in 20+ languages. When you create your account, there will be an option to choose a language for the assessment.

If the assessment is taken in a language other than English, can the report still be printed in English?

It is possible to print the Signature Themes Report in 20+ different languages. Currently the Strengths Insight and Action-Planning Guide and the Strengths Insight Report are available in English only.

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