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Motives, Values, Preferences Inventory  (MVPI)

The Inside of Personality

The (MVPI) describes personality from the inside – the core goals, values, drivers, and interests that determine what we desire and strive to attain. By assessing values, you can understand what motivates candidates to succeed, and in what type of position, job, and environment they will be the most productive. Values impact every aspect of peoples’ careers. The MVPI helps us understand what motivates people to succeed and in what type of position, job, and environment they will be the most productive, making it a powerful tool that can be used throughout the employee lifecycle.

The MVPI consists of 10 primary scales, which are further divided into five subscales or item themes. The MVPI item themes provide additional interpretive power by categorizing individuals’ responses to the items that compose each MVPI scale.

MVPI Quick Facts

  • 15 to 20 minute completion time
  • Available in more than 40 languages
  • Evaluates the fit between values culture
  • Predicts success and job satisfaction
  • More than one million participants assessed
  • Validated for use in more than 400 research studies
  • No invasive or intrusive items
  • No adverse impact
  • Online administration


SELECTION: Selection reports fueled by the MVPI inject valuable insight into the hiring process. Determine whether candidates’ values are a good fit for their job, work group, or company.

DEVELOPMENT: Understanding what drives your people to succeed gives you valuable managerial insight to help guide your employees’ careers.

LEADERSHIP: Help your leaders understand how their unconscious biases are likely to influence their decisions about people and projects, and the type of corporate culture their values are likely to create.

The MVPI measures five item themes that predict culture fit in an organization.

  • Lifestyles: concern the manner in which a person would like to live
  • Beliefs: involve “shoulds,” ideals, and ultimate life goals
  • Occupational Preferences: include an individual’s preferred work, and what constitutes a good job
  • Aversions: reflect attitudes and behavior that are disliked or distressing
  • Preferred Associates: concern the kind of person desired as coworkers and friends

Primary Scales

High scorers are described as:

Recognition: responsive to attention, approval, and praise

Power: desiring success, accomplishment, status, and control

Hedonism: orientated for fun, pleasure, and enjoyment

Altruistic: wanting to help others and contribute to society

Affiliation: enjoying and seeking out social interaction

Tradition: dedicated to strong personal beliefs

Security: needing predictability, structure, and order

Commerce: interested in money, profits, investment, and business opportunities

Aesthetics: needing self-expression, concerned over look, feel, and design of work products

Science: wanting knowledge, research, technology, and data


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