What Is the Tom Rath Strengthsfinder Test?


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The StrengthsFinder test is an assessment created in 1998 used to identify an individual’s strengths and how to utilize those strengths. Donald O. Clifton, Ph.D., and Tom Rath created the assessment.

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The first version of the online assessment was introduced in the 2001 management book titled "Now, Discover Your Strengths." The examination strives to help people locate their strongest natural abilities. The assessment has been heavily utilized as a workplace diagnostics test to determine ideal workplace situations and individual responsibilities. The quiz will result in a determination of an individual’s top five characteristics from a list of 34 possible traits. The official name of the assessment changed to Clifton StrengthsFinder in 2004 and a second edition of the program and website released in 2007. In 2013, there were 187 personality questions instead of the original examination of 600 questions.

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