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 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 questions that compose each MVPI scale.

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

Scale Name
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High Scorers


Prefer to share credit
Avoid calling attention to themselves

Value public acknowledgment
Prefer high-visibility projects


Prefer to let other people lead
Avoid confrontation and competition

Value leadership positions
Prefer opportunities to get ahead


Value business-like and professional settings
Prefer serious and formal work environments

Value colorful and entertaining environments
Prefer fun and open-minded settings


Place more value on their own work
Prefer productivity over morale

Value helping other people
Prefer customer-focused environments


Prefer working alone or in isolation
Value independence

Prefer working with others or on teams
Value social interaction


Prefer flexibility and autonomy
Value challenging established procedures

Prefer the status quo
Avoid people that do not share beliefs


Value risk taking and experimentation
Prefer adventurous settings

Prefer consistency and predictability
Avoid taking unnecessary risks


Value relationships over profitability
Less concerned about financial issues

Prefer environments that focus on bottom line
Value activities related to financial matters


Value practicality over appearance
Prefer routines and repetition

Value innovation and creativity
Prefer individual style and appearance


Prefer people over technology
Value intuition and experience

Value analysis and problem solving
Prefer working with data and objective facts