How Fascinating is the 'Fascination Advantage Test' . . . Really?

Well-recognized personality tests, such as the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator assessment, have been highly valuable in identifying what drives my engagement at work and what occupation would be the best fit for me. Surprisingly, the Fascination Advantage Test that I took this weekend with such anticipation left me wanting more. The pitch for this particular personality test is that it measures “how the world sees you” as opposed to “how you see the world”.

I’ll give the creators of the test credit in two areas. First, it was impressive that in a 10-minute, 28-question assessment the Fascination Advantage test could accurately identify my personality type. For me this means that the researchers have spent the necessary time and effort required to perfect the questionnaire. Also, cleverly the fact that each question had to be answered on a 4 level scale means you can’t give a neutral answer. The scale forces you to identify whether the trait described is like you or alternatively not like you, ultimately accurately identifying your “natural fascination talents”.

Secondly, the designers of the Fascination test’s user interface did a great job of creating a modern, interactive and graphically pleasing experience. In particular, I liked how the results were organized into a dashboard with eye-catching graphs, modern video graphics and a video featuring the creator, Sally Hogshead, describing your personal triggers. Your personal report is organized into a number of tabs. Unfortunately, the results reported in these tabs, at least for me, were rather predictable and repetitive. I imagined at some point I would get some specific and personalized instructions on how to be more successful in my own career by fascinating people.  I was hoping I’d learn something new about myself that I could begin to leverage in my own work life for significant results. However, I only confirmed something I already knew - that people trust me, I’m not easily stressed and I tend to communicate subtly.

I appreciate the opportunity to give some thought to why I was not more pleased with the results of my own Fascination Advantage test. For me it comes down to the test’s promise to teach us how to stand out, be heard and be remembered. I felt I was let down in that area. The blanket instructions for all test participants are to identify your natural talent and become more of it. In my opinion, if you keep doing more of the same you are going to get the same results.  I challenge the creators of the Fascination test to take this recently created test to the next level. I recommend the creators focus on further developing the potential for participants to leverage their personal “dormant” trigger, which according to we are least likely to use. This is the aspect of the entire test that most fascinated me. Now that I know what my dormant trigger is I would like to learn through specific examples and recommendations how it can be used to enliven and add spontaneity to my natural traits.

Learn more about Sally Hogshead and the Fascination Test in this TEDxAtlanta event video.

Then, I invite others to take the Fascination Advantage Test. Especially if you have not taken a personality test before, you may gain insight into your most inner-self. What are your thoughts on personality tests? Did you have a similar or different experience with the Fascination test? Share your comments below.


  1. Interesting that you found the results repetitive and predictable. For me after thinking about them I realized they were true, but perhaps because mine generally described what society deems "negative" characteristics, I did not want to find them predictable (although...they are). I think that it is good to have predictable... it shows the test is who you are and that you know who you are. Perhaps in more trying situations in the future you will see your predictable traits stand out, or even date to use your dormant trigger!


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