The Inside of Personality
The Motives, Values, Preferences Inventory (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.
The MVPI measures values along 10 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
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
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.
- 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.