The Hogan Personality Inventory (HPI) Explained

The Hogan Personality Inventory (HPI) is a psychometric assessment tool that is designed to measure normal personality as observed in the work environment. The HPI is employed in personnel selection, employee development and for career-related decision-making.

Personality profiling with the HPI is becoming increasingly common practice for organisations in their selection process. This is due to the HPI being a cost effective means to assess how closely a candidate’s personality fits both the job criteria and the culture of the organisation. Because different occupations require different personality characteristics, the HPI can is used to aid decisions about personnel selection, career progression and career planning.

The HPI has been developed specifically for the business community and was the first inventory of normal personality based on the Five-Factor Model. The Five-Factor Model is a purely descriptive model of personality of personality based on five broad domains of personality that are used by contemporary psychologists to describe human personality. These are: Openness, Conscientiousness, Extraversion, Agreeableness, and Neuroticism (referred to as OCEAN in short).

The HPI provides information on what is called the “bright side” of personality. The “bright side” of our personality relates to characteristics that exhibit during social interactions that can facilitate or inhibit a person achieving their goals in their relationships, education, life and in work.

The HPI examines seven core dimensions of the ‘bright side’ of the personality.

– Adjustment – confidence, self-esteem, and composure under pressure

– Ambition – initiative, competitiveness, and desire for leadership roles

– Sociability – extraversion, gregarious, and need for social interaction

– Interpersonal Sensitivity – tact, perceptiveness, and ability to maintain relationships

– Prudence – self-discipline, responsibility and conscientiousness

– Inquisitive – imagination, curiosity, and creative potential

– Learning Approach – achievement-oriented, stays up-to-date on business and technical matters

The HPI has multiple applications. It can be used for:

– Individual assessment the HPI can help a person decide which specific occupation they are best suited to.

– Personnel selection the HPI can help an organisation’s selection process through identifying applicants who display the personal characteristics that fit best to the requirements of the role and organisational culture.

– Management development the HPI can identify areas of possible development for individuals.

Having been used over 25 years to predict employee performance, the HPI has become the industry standard for measuring normal personality. The HPI has helped organisations in reducing employee turnover, absenteeism, and underperforming customer service.

The HPI takes about than 20 minutes to complete. The results of the HPI are delivered in a report that provides a summary of the results on each scale compared to the normative sample. It does not contain any interpretive data as it is considered a breach of professional ethics to administer an HPI assessment without person-to-person follow-up verification by a qualified practitioner.

Used Porsche 911 Buying Tips

The following article is some handy hints of what to look for is you are buying a used Porsche 911. The used car market is full of sharks and certainly where high performance cars for sale, you can find that the prices are marked up on vehicles that are not of a high standard. Here are a few tips if you are specifically looking to buy a used Porsche 911 in the UK.

Service History
Unless the car is a really old classic Porsche 911’s from the 1960’s, I would always go for a car with a good service history record and copies of receipts from previous work that had been undertaken on the car. A used Porsche 911 without any service history is a risk and you do not want to be footing the bill for any major problems after the warranty runs out.

Check the Bodywork
Looks are always a big factor with used Porsche 911 vehicles, you want people to admire the car, any imperfections on the car will only stand out like a sore thumb. Older cars will have paintwork that is not perfect, so be prepared, especially the older reds that may have faded. What you want to look out for are stone chips and faded paint. Any high end dealer will fix minor imperfections for you, but make sure you tell them to do this before you pick the car up. Unscrupulous dealers won’t work on a car unless they have to. Any small faded areas on the roof and bonnet are a sure of bird droppings and owner neglect with storage and washing. Any used Porsche 911 should have impeccable bodywork as the build quality is very high.

Check the Tyres
When you get time at the dealers, check the back tyres for unusual wear. If the back tyres have flat spots and very worn, this could be a sign that the car has been thrashed by the previous owner or garage. Although used Porsche 911 vehicles are high performance machines, you don’t want to buy a mistreated vehicle.

Be Suspicious
If you are buying a used Porsche 911 from a garage you would not expect to be selling such a high end car, be suspicious how they acquired it. Find out by asking questions and make sure you do all security checks and HPI checks before you part company with your cash. If you are buying a used Porsche 911 privately, then be even more suspicious, vehicle crime is getting more and more sophisticated. A deal is a deal and its always worth going for a bargain, but that does not mean ignore specialist used Porsche dealers.

Spend Time on the Interior
Checking the engine and mechanical areas of a used Porsche 911 is vital. But don’t over look the interior of the car. Damage to the interior of cars can really affect resale values and are very expensive to repair. So take a long time to inspect the interior of the car, if you are looking at an older used Porsche 911 cabriolet, check for leaky roofs. Never feel rushed to inspect a vehicle and always go at your own pace. Tell the sales person to go and sit down and leave you to it if they are rushing you.

Remember that you are going to be paying a lot of money for your used Porsche 911, so if anything seems just not right, no matter how small. Walk away from the deal and never buy anything without checking out HPI and VIN numbers. If you have the money, get the AA or a mechanic to give the car the once over.