VIA measures your top character strengths and values – essentially who you are at your best. It’s scientifically based and was developed by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Michigan. Research reveals that people who recognize and use their top strengths every day are:
- 3x more likely to report having an excellent quality of life
- 6x more likely to be engaged at work
Knowing your VIA character strengths can help you find values-based language to include in your stories.
Some VIA character strengths may be difficult to apply in a business context, so we’ve created a document to explain how they show up in this setting. This document also includes descriptions of the impact on others and yourself when they are used well, overused, and/or underused.
NOTE: Please debrief your full VIA assessment with a coach before drawing conclusions from this document. Coaches will also help you incorporate your VIA strengths into your TMAY, interview responses, and criteria identification.
How to Take the VIA
You must use your @berkeley.edu email address. Follow these instructions on how to complete the survey.
You will only get a 2-page summary with a list of your values after taking the survey. To access the full 20-page report and understand your results, please book an appointment in CMG BEARS with one of the CMG Career Coaches and request that they send you the report to review ahead of the session.
If you have questions about the VIA Character Survey or need help logging in, email CMG.