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Definitions of Interests

Definitions of 5 Interests


Directive persons like to take charge. They will control situations. They like to take responsibility. Projects they like involve

  • planning
  • making decisions
  • coordinating the work of others.

They are able to give instructions easily. They enjoy organizing their own activities. They see themselves as in control of their lives.


Innovative persons like to

  • explore things in depth
  • arrive at solutions to problems by experimenting

They are interested in starting projects. They like to create different ways to solve problems. They also enjoy presenting information in new ways. They enjoy scientific subjects. Innovative persons like a challenge. They like new and unexpected experiences. They adjust to change easily.


Methodical persons like to

  • have clear rules
  • have organized methods to guide their work
  • someone else guide their work
  • to be guided by rules
  • to work on one thing at a time
  • routines
  • know what to expect


Objective persons enjoy working with

  • tools
  • equipment
  • instruments
  • machinery

They like to repair or make things from various materials by using established methods. Objective persons are interested in finding out how things operate and how they are built.


Social persons like dealing with people. They enjoy caring for and helping others. They like to help others solve their concerns. They prefer to work where there is interpersonal contact.

Adapted from HRSDC, "Canadian Work Preferences Inventory," National Occupational Classification Career Handbook. Second Edition, Rev. Ottawa. 9

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