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Understanding the CAPBOI Model: Personality Types for Career Success

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When we first set out to create JobTest.org, we did so with a very simple goal in mind: to help people find better careers and land their dream job. That said, "simple" doesn't always mean "easy," and we knew that we'd have to create something that improved on the career tests already available.

Part of that improvement—a core part, really—was developing our own personality type model. Previous versions, such as the Holland Codes' RIASEC model and Strong Interest Inventory, already did an impressive job of giving fact-based analyses of an individual's personality types. But with almost 50 years since the last real update to Holland's test, our research told us that job seekers needed something more modern.

Specifically, they wanted something that capitalized on the power of current technology, like AI and machine learning, to provide an even more accurate, convenient experience.

So, we built the CAPBOI Model.

Introduction to the CAPBOI Model

While we wanted to improve on the testing models that came before us, what we didn't want was to fall into the trap of progress for progress's sake. Instead, we kept our customers at the center of our development process, with everything else revolving around them.

Using constant user feedback and recommendations to guide us, we worked forward from established, psychology-backed tests, like the Holland Occupational Themes and the DISC, then methodically incorporated new technologies and language that better reflected the 21st-century job market.

Besides adding a powerful, proprietary matching algorithm and enormous amounts of real-time data, we also updated the terms that we used to describe an individual's personality traits.

While we initially developed our personality model with various acronyms and terms, our extensive testing eventually helped us hone in on the final result: CAPBOI. Short for Communal, Analytical, Pragmatic, Bold, Orthodox, and Imaginative, this language allowed us to give our users feedback in a clear, understandable way that matched the values found in today’s job market.

How CAPBOI Raises the Bar for Personality Models

At its core, the CAPBOI Model's key difference compared to other personality models comes down to intent. Almost as a rule, these other models—well-researched and respected though they may be—were written by psychologists to be used as psychological tools, with their value as job-hunting tools being secondary.

Our process flipped that philosophy on its head.

While we still kept that same hard-earned psychological research, we prioritized our personality model's use as a job-hunting tool above everything else. Part of that prioritization was our language—both where it came from and what it meant.

Rather than choosing CAPBOI based on clinically "precise" language that often alienated or confused the person taking the test, we performed extensive research into the most effective terms commonly sought by employers and headhunters. Then, we refined those terms into a form and combination that made our users feel the most comfortable and confident.

Basically, we wanted our model to give its users the exact language they might eventually use on a resume or cover letter, without all of the jargon and ten-dollar words that were all too common among its predecessors.

A Deep Dive Into Each CAPBOI Personality Type

After you've taken our career test, you'll be given a comprehensive set of results and insights, including your CAPBOI analysis. In order to help you better understand that analysis, we've taken the time to fully explain every component of our model.


If you score highly in the "Communal" element of our personality model, it typically means that you are strongly empathetic, energized by community-oriented projects or roles, and flourish in a cooperative environment.

Rather than doing your best work when left to your own devices, you are likely much more productive and fulfilled when working as part of a team of like-minded individuals. Also, the opportunity to contribute in a meaningful way to your community—whether on a local or global level—may be a core value for you.

The most "obvious" professions in the Communal category are nonprofit or charity-related, but individuals who score highly in this category may also excel in creative roles, such as on an editorial team or as part of a film and television crew.


In the course of our research, we found that the term "analytical" links strongly to other personality traits, such as "methodical" or "deliberate." Specifically, individuals who lean towards the Analytical portion of our model are detail-oriented, highly logical, and often very even-tempered.

Taken together, these qualities allow a person to approach problems or ideas from a solid, results-oriented perspective, making them invaluable in roles that require a delicate touch or absolute accuracy.

Equally important to the capacity for analysis, however, is the enjoyment of it. Not only do analytical people excel in detail-oriented tasks and roles, but they also find intense satisfaction or fulfillment in problem-solving or data analysis.

Often, highly analytical people are well-suited for jobs in engineering, management consulting, or data science.


If people who score strongly in the Imaginative or Bold categories are the dreamers, then Pragmatic individuals are the ones who actually figure out how to make those dreams a reality. Grounded, reasonable, and straightforward, highly pragmatic people rarely get caught up in the "ifs" or "maybes" of a situation, instead focusing on the facts that matter most to getting the job done.

Historically, pragmatic individuals have served as vital foils and partners to hyper-ambitious coworkers or visionaries, helping them transform their lofty goals into realistic plans of action. Beyond their ability to translate complex problems into more straightforward pieces, pragmatic people are also incredibly valuable for their emotional stability and resilience: when everyone else is panicking, the pragmatist is figuring out what to do next.

Often, these personality traits are best suited for roles that involve coordinating teams or overseeing systems, such as a supply chain manager, IT systems admin, or logistics coordinator.


Where others hesitate, the Bold forge ahead. Although potentially less deliberate or subtle than other types of professionals, individuals who score highly in the Bold category are equally important for their willingness to take risks and drive ideas and business in new directions.

As all of this might imply, very Bold people are typically most fulfilled and successful in leadership positions or roles where they're allowed to take ownership of their work—ownership of both the decisions they make and the outcomes of those decisions. It's important to note, however, that Bold personalities often perform best in team environments where they can be balanced by coworkers with complementary work personalities.

Potential careers for Bold individuals include founding a start-up, producing or directing films, and being the chef or owner of a restaurant.


Although Bold fire-starters may seem more exciting, the truth is that highly Orthodox individuals are typically the ones who determine a company or project's long-term success. Usually, this comes from a healthy respect for tradition combined with an innate passion for structure. Whereas other personality types may identify opportunities and new ideas, Orthodox people are the ones who inevitably help solidify or scale a venture into something that can withstand the test of time.

Similar to the Pragmatic personality type, Orthodox people are often described as reliable or consistent, though they typically work best in companies with a clear and well-defined hierarchy. In situations where this kind of clarity and hierarchy don't exist, a highly-Orthodox professional is the person you want to help lay the groundwork.

Positions in which an Orthodox person may flourish include a real estate appraiser, museum curator, or pharmacist.


In a world where so much of the technical heavy lifting is done by AI and related technology, the need for Imaginative people is arguably greater than ever. Compared to Analytical or Pragmatic types, who generally solve problems through a mixture of proven methods and deliberation, Imaginative individuals are the ones who "think around corners," allowing them to come up with new ways to approach old problems.

For some, this manifests exactly how you would expect: through art, music, or other creative pursuits. Others, however, find enormous success in competitive, flooded industries that necessitate imagination in order to separate a product or company from the pack.

Regardless of which describes you best, many Imaginative people find success and fulfillment in roles such as graphic designer, concept artist, event planner, or brand strategist.

Applying CAPBOI in Career Planning

Whether you use your CAPBOI results on your own or with the help of a career coach, knowing your personality type and how it relates to the job market can dramatically improve your career plans by giving you realistic, data-driven insights into the roles that suit you best.

Personal Development Using CAPBOI

Time and time again, the problem we see most among our users is career burnout or dissatisfaction. Even worse is the fact that many of these frustrations and struggles could have been prevented with even basic insights and understanding when going into the job in question.

Once you receive your CAPBOI results, we'll help you identify ways that you can turn your existing personality traits and predispositions into impressive strengths and skills. That way, you can leverage your natural potential to find jobs that leave you feeling energized, not drained.

Making Informed Career Decisions

Successfully navigating the modern job market requires more than "best guesses" and "maybes," which is why it's so important to have a clear understanding of who you are, what you value, and how to find a career that combines both.

With your CAPBOI results, you'll gain access to a thorough, fact-based analysis of your core personality and the work environments where it would be most valuable. Even better, we spell out those results in clear, industry-specific language that you can eventually use when applying or interviewing for a future position.

Addressing Career Challenges with CAPBOI

Often, one of the biggest career challenges a person experiences is identifying what about their current role is leaving them so disheartened or frustrated. Alternatively, some people know exactly what the challenge is but have no clue how to go about solving it.

No matter which is true for you, our CAPBOI model breaks your personality down into accessible, concise language that helps you understand what makes you tick in the workplace. Then, you can apply that new understanding to any challenges in your way, utilizing your natural strengths to overcome them and find greater fulfillment in your career.

Conclusion and Next Steps

Whether you choose JobTest.org or another service for your personality testing, it's impossible for us to stress how important it is to understand who you are and what makes you happy in a career. From productivity and career advancement to overall job satisfaction, taking the time to learn more about your personality is one of the best investments you can make when pursuing a more fulfilling career.

When you decide to trust our CAPBOI Model to help give you those insights, you'll gain access to a cutting-edge process designed with you and your success in mind. Rather than bombarding you with clinical terms or outdated information, we use current, feedback-driven language to give you results you can put to work.

If you're interested in taking the next step and seeing for yourself why JobTest.org's personality model is the best in the business, consider taking our career test today. At only 20 minutes from start to finish, it's one test you'll never regret taking. Schedule a session with a career coach and develop a personalized plan to take your career to the next level.

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