Prepare for the Hogan Personality Inventory (HPI)


What Is the HPI?

The HPI or Hogan Personality Inventory is a personality assessment used by employers to measure your normal or “bright-side” personality traits. Employers use tests like the HPI to determine whether you possess the necessary traits to not only fit the vacant role but the company’s culture and standards. The HPI contains 220 questions based on a 4-point Likert scale. The test is based on the Five-Factor Model of Personalities and usually takes 15-20 minutes to complete.

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Prepare for the Hogan Personality Assessments

Employers use personality tests to pinpoint the strengths and weaknesses of candidates for the roles they are offering. If your profile happens to be a match for the vacancy, your chances of getting hired increase. Our Hogan–style personality practice test includes 254 questions stylized after the HPI and HDS (Hogan Development Survey). In addition to the Hogan-style practice test, this pack includes single trait practice to single out and improve upon your areas of weakness.

Our in-depth Hogan study guide helps you prepare for the Hogan personality assessment by familiarizing you with the actual exam. We provide in-depth information about the scales measured on the exam as well as the scales we utilize in our practice tests. In addition, the guide features scale descriptions and sample items.

Our study guides make the Hogan assessment less intimidating by showing you examples and explanations of how to answer different questions on the test. Moreover, they help boost your confidence. By practicing, you will learn more about yourself and the specific traits you may possess. Immersing yourself into the test structure, question, and answering style will undoubtedly give you the upper hand come test day.

How to Pass the Hogan Personality Inventory

Although cliché, the phrase “practice makes perfect” does ring true in the world of job assessment preparation. Knowing this, our team of experts has worked tirelessly to provide you with an in-depth HPI/HDS-style PrepPack™ containing a full-length practice test simulating real Hogan personality test questions.

This pack offers several features to get you into fighting shape when taking assessments like the HPI. These features include a progress tracking tool, in-depth score reports to pinpoint your strengths and weaknesses, a step-by-step mode to practice at your own pace, as well as a timed mode to further simulate actual test conditions.

Additionally, our in-depth study guides offer you insight into the actual test and what it measures. Our team puts in 150+ hours researching and designing each PrepPack™ to ensure you’re getting the most comprehensive and complete preparation available. Knowing what to expect prior to your test day will help you take the real thing with ease, thus improving your chances of obtaining an ideal score.

What Is the Normal (Bright-Side) Personality?

Normal personality refers to the behaviors exhibited in the workplace under regular, everyday circumstances. It is under normal conditions that you display the bright side of your personality. Your normal personality is assessed along the following seven (7) scales:

  1. Adjustment: This scale measures your self-confidence, self-esteem, and ability to work under pressure.
  2. Ambition: This scale refers to your desire to lead, initiative, and level of competitiveness.
  3. Sociability: This scale measures your need for social interaction and extraversion.
  4. Interpersonal Sensitivity: This scale measures your likeability, tact, and relationship maintenance ability.
  5. Prudence: This scale measures your levels of responsibility, self-discipline, and thoroughness.
  6. Inquisitive: This scale evaluates your aptitude for creativity, curiosity, and imagination.
  7. Learning Approach: This scale evaluates your level of enjoyment when it comes to learning and your ambition to keep up with current knowledge.

The Hogan Personality Inventory also predicts your work performance by measuring six (6) occupational scales:

  • Service Orientation
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Reliability
  • Clerical Potential
  • Sales Potential
  • Managerial Potential



The ideal score for each personality trait differs from role to role. Our Hogan Personality test study guide includes more in-depth information regarding each of the personality traits and what they can tell the employer about you. Using this guide will help you gain insight into your workplace persona.

HPI Sample Questions

Answering questions while taking the HPI can be somewhat intimidating. This is due to Hogan’s use of the 4-point Likert scale. This scale is often referred to as the forced Likert scale since it forces you to form an opinion. Below you will find examples of personality test questions using the same 4-point answer scale as the HPI:


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Sample Score Report

Below you will find a sample score report showing four of the traits evaluated by the HPI. Remember that the optimal values for each trait depicted below will depend on the role you have applied for.

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