Career Interests Inventory (CII)

Motivate career exploration through personal understanding

This questionnaire identifies the career themes that interest you the most. There are 6 broad themes which have been extensively researched and most jobs have been carefully classified under each. Originally developed by John Holland who labelled them RIASEC, the CII describes them in clear and meaningful language as follows: Doing & Implementing; Thinking & Investigating; Creating & Expressing; Communicating & Helping; Persuading & Influencing; Planning & Organising. There are two possible reports – a short summary with graphical profiles and career suggestions and a more extensive report that encourages more reflection. Both reports contain hyperlinks to the Team Focus Careers website which provides a wealth of information describing more than 700 jobs in detail.

This questionnaire is not available free of charge.

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This questionnaire is not available free of charge.

Purchase Your Package

Not sure? Please contact Team Focus to discuss how you might access or use it teamfocus@teamfocus.co.uk or call 01628 637338.

Test Details and Sample Reports

The CII is used for general careers guidance, and is widely available in schools, colleges and universities.

Interests are the most natural starting point when exploring the world of work.

When we ask ourselves ‘what do I want to do?’our answers reveal what we see as being exciting, challenging and fun – in short, what we are interested in. Using John Holland’s vocational model, the Career Interests Inventory (CII) examines preferences from three perspectives, so giving a rich and stimulating source of information for exploration of potential career areas. The perspectives are:

  • Interests – a normative and ipsative assessment of interests, giving alternative benchmarks for interpretation;
  • Competencies – self-report of key work-related skills and abilities;
  • Work styles – an assessment of preferred working styles.

The CII acts as a focus for career exploration. Respondents are encouraged to widen their personal exploration by looking at how their competencies and work styles relate to their interests, so setting an agenda for potential development.

CII reports encourage research into potential careers, containing links to careers libraries and a range of online resources for further information. Prompts also encourage critical reflection on the CII results, so supporting respondents through the first stage of their career decision-making.

Use to :

Explore career interests, competencies and work styles.

Use for :

Individual and group career exploration and guidance.

Suitable for :


Duration :

Self-timed, typically 20-25 minutes.

Number of items :

93

Reliability :

0.71-0.93, depending on scale.

Norms :

UK general population

Costs :

£18.00+VAT (online administration, administrator & Explorer reports).

Training required

Delivery online

Paper delivery


User Guide

User Guide

Sample Reports

Candidate Sample Report