Wheebox BARO is an online career interest test, that helps
candidate identify interest areas in various domains, and career
options that can help them take well-informed decision regarding
their career. BARO is based on John Holland's RIASEC model of
That is based on four main assumptions about people,
occupation, interests, and careers:
candidates can be categorized into six types and each candidate
may be characterized by one type or a combination of these types.
2. Occupational environments can be divided into the same
six types, and a particular type of person dominates each
3. During career planning and
development, individuals seek occupations that let correspond
with their skills, interest, and values, and obviously avoid work
situations that are in conflict with their skills, interests, and
4. Behavior is determined by an interaction
between a person's personality and the characteristics of their
How is BARO Different from any other Career Interest
1. We understand each individual is unique and hence their
personality, behavior and interest hence we categorize profiles
and suggest interests and occupational careers unlike other tests
that suggest careers based the test code.
suggest 2 complementing career interests (Codes) in order to give
individual a choice based on their educational preferences and
3. It's online and on cloud
hence can be accessed from anywhere, anytime.
BARO Report is generated instantly and sent on candidate's email.
5. Many Universities use BARO as Course suggestion
Types Of Profiles: -
Broad profiles occur when the client has a high level of interest
in at least four of the six interest areas. There are a couple of
reasons why a person may get a broad profile. First, the
individual may have a diverse range of interests. This means that
they like a wide variety of activities, even though the
activities are very different from one another.
candidates may feel uncomfortable limiting their options and want
to keep all their avenues open. To combat this problem,
individuals having such profiles can be counseled and briefed
regarding the benefit of focusing on the highest areas of
interest so more time can be spent examining occupations that fit
best. In order to facilitate this process, the individual may
need to retake the BARO and adopt a more discriminating approach
when responding to the items.
Narrow profiles occur when an individual's scores on most of the
interest areas are quite low. As a result, it becomes difficult
to clearly identify a group of careers and occupations that they
may enjoy. BARO does provide a code based on the two highest
scoring areas. However, if the scores for these interest areas
are all low the individual may not like any of the jobs
presented. The reasons why some individuals may receive a narrow
profile are, the individual may have limited experience and thus
feel reluctant endorsing items as "likes" when he/she knows
little about them.
Also an individual may have low scores
that indicate undeveloped or minimal interests or the presence of
negative self-talk. Lastly to help the client better, he/she can
be counseled to begin exploring careers in the interest areas
that they think best represents their likes or dislikes based on
their past experience.
High Flat profiles
This profile depicts the person has really high interests in all the six areas.
It means that if the person has several strong areas of interest, then it opens the
world of occupations for the person to work on.
Differentiation simply refers to the shape of the profile of a person’s interest.
If the person takes an interest test and by looking at the scores we can make out
wheather the person has defined interest or not. According to Holland a well-differentiated
profile is where the person has well defined interests.
Some individuals may have an interest pattern that is which is
varied. According to BARO, interests on opposite sides of the
interest framework have little in common and may involve
activities that are directly opposed to each other. When an
individual receives a BARO code with opposing interests the
greatest challenge is finding occupations that fit with the
diverse interest pattern.
Since the interest areas are
often contradictory, it can be difficult for them to identify
matching occupations that require a worker to have both the
characteristics of the opposite interests cited. This however,
doesn't mean that they cannot find such occupations, it is just
takes more effort on their part.
BARO Test Snapshot
Administration and Reporting: Online
Tool: Multiple Choices
Time: 15 Minutes