Interest-Map™ was developed as a faster and more up-to-date interest profiler compared to other RIASEC instruments on the market. Another advantage is the integration with the OD-Tools Job-Fit matching system and the O*NET occupational database for exploring jobs and careers deeper. Developing author: Gabor Nagy. Development period: 2003 - 2016. The starting point of development was the RIASEC codes data published in the O*NET occupational database, and later some ideas from the RIASEC Markers Scales developed by Liao, Armstrong and Rounds were also incorporated in the instrument.
Interest-Map™ from OD-Tools is a questionnaire based on Dr. John Hollands theory of vocational choice, the best known and most widely researched theory on this topic. The theory originates from observing that people are attracted to and flourish in occupations they fit and that occupations are classifiable by the "personalities" that flourish in them. People's occupational preferences express underlying character, just as jobs attract, naturally select and mold specific types of people. The major contribution of Holland was working out a taxonomy for classifying both people and jobs; defining six broad categories for analyzing person-career match. The six categories are Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising and Conventional, which yield the RIASEC acronym the model is named after. The RIASEC model is also known as Holland Occupational Themes or Holland Codes.