StrengthsQuest FAQ

What is StrengthsQuest and how is it different from StrengthsFinder?
The StrengthsQuest experience starts with the Clifton StrengthsFinder, a web-based assessment that provides you with your Top 5 Signature Themes of Talent. This is a starting point for self-discovery and a strategy for success in multiple areas of your life. StrengthsQuest is used by over 600 colleges across the U.S. and in companies across the world.
How unique are my results?
The chances of having the exact same Top 5 Signature Themes of Talent 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.
What is a talent? What is a strength? Are they different?
Gallup defines a talents as: "a naturally recurring pattern of thought, feeling or behavior that can be productively applied." They define a strengths as: "the ability to consistently provide near-perfect performance in a specific activity. To have a strength, first you must identify your talents, and then should work on acquiring the knowledge and skills necessary to help you apply your talent to an activity or situation." More information about the difference between talents and strengths is available on the StrengthQuest website.
Why do I only receive my top 5 signature themes of talent?
The talents you identified under your signature themes are natural, recurring patterns of thoughts, feelings, or behaviors. The talents found in your Signature Themes are things you do naturally—like breathing. You can't not do them. You actually do them without even trying. You are given only five themes so that you can hone in on your most dominant talents thus providing your greatest opportunity for strength.
What about my weaknesses or being well-rounded?
The strengths-based approach is not about ignoring weaknesses or striving to be well-rounded. 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.
How can StrengthsQuest help in organizations or teams?
When team members understand and utilize their strengths they are more likely to be productive and engaged members. Strong teams are well rounded and capitalize on the unique strengths of each individual members. Keeping the four domains of leadership strength in mind, organizations can be more aware of their team balance and can be more mindful or dividing projects based on talent.
I want to know more, where can I find more information?
Visit the StrengthsQuest website for more information! If you have taken the assessment, log on to your account and review your action items. These action items provide ideas for utilizing your talents in your academics, relationships, extracurricular involvement and other areas of your life!