The ‘Bright Side’ of personality

The Hogan Personality Inventory (HPI) is a versatile tool which focusses on normal or ‘bright side’ personality traits – qualities that describe how we relate to others when we are at our best. Providing in-depth insight into how people work and lead, the HPI is linked to on-the-job performance and can be used for selection and hiring and personal and leadership development.

Over more than 25 years, the HPI was refined on the basis of performance-related validity research as the authors sought to “capture excellence” across a wide range of jobs; identifying the facets of personality that distinguish the best from the rest. The result is a 206 item questionnaire which identifies the individuals most likely to be effective in any role, and the roles in which individuals are likely to be most effective. It is the first normal range personality questionnaire based on the five-factor model of personality designed specifically for occupational assessment.

HPI Uses

Staff Selection

The HPI has been designed to predict job performance and is rooted in unrivalled performance related validation. Consistent and reliable performance in any job depends on matching the individual’s temperament to the demands of that role and the HPI provides ‘sharp focus’ assessment to this end.

Personal Development

Self-knowledge is the key to maximising potential. An individual’s awareness of which personality characteristics are assets and which will limit performance provides the necessary basis for personal development. We all need to learn to manage those temperaments, impulses and dispositions that work against career success. Whether through coaching or other personal development programmes, HPI feedback contributes high status information to the process.

Staff Retention

The fall-out from bad appointment decisions will be evident in poor performance and low retention. Staff appointed to roles for which they are temperamentally unsuited are unlikely to resist opportunities for more fruitful employment elsewhere. The use of the HPI will allow appropriate redeployment of valued staff into more suitable roles.


The HPI can also be used for leadership development. The tool helps interpret leader qualities and behaviour, and how they may be perceived by others, whilst also highlighting potential areas for development.


Upcoming Courses

Hogan Advanced Interpretation in-person course @ citizenM Tower of London Hotel
Dec 8 all-day

This one-day workshop is a hands-on, fast-paced session that prepares you for interpreting scale combinations more skillfully, connecting scales across assessments and interpreting complex combinations with ease.

You’ll be addressing scale and subscale level data to draw effective developmental conclusions, and aid in getting the most value from the Hogan suite of assessments.

You’ll advance your interpretation skills, plus:

  • Practice using subscales and interpreting scale combinations
  • Learn how to resolve competing or complex scale combinations
  • Compare and contrast your own interpretive insights with Hogan expert interpretations
  • Connect Hogan data points across scales and assessments for more robust interpretations
  • Learn advanced interpretation techniques around low HDS and low MVPI scores

Is this the right course for me?

If you’re looking for a more sophisticated approach to the Hogan assessments and feel that a deeper knowledge of the scales, subscales and their combinations across the entire Hogan suite would be useful, this course is for you. You’ll have plenty of opportunity to develop your interpretation skills across a number of case studies, combining the HPI, HDS and MVPI tools.

Workshop Cost: £1,175 plus VAT 

Please note this course is being held in-person at the citizenM Tower of London Hotel, 40 Trinity Square, London EC3N 4DJ (subject to evolving Covid restrictions). We also offer virtual options.

Successful completion of a Hogan Certification Workshop is a pre-requisite of this course | Booking discounts available – contact for details.

Hogan Advanced Feedback in-person course @ citizenM Tower of London Hotel
Dec 9 all-day

This one-day workshop is your opportunity, as a fully-qualified Hogan user (HPI, HDS and MVPI qualifications are pre-requisites to this workshop), to hone your feedback skills and expand your knowledge.

This experiential workshop provides you with knowledge of advanced feedback models, how to integrate Hogan data with other inputs, tips for creating developmental action plans, and an understanding of best practices for delivering Hogan feedback.

The workshop will allow you to:

  • Learn a framework for delivering Hogan feedback
  • Obtain information about feedback types, debrief models, and feedback delivery best practices
  • Learn how to troubleshoot common problems
  • Connect assessment results to job context
  • Practice conducting a feedback session in a supervised setting
  • Practice developmental action planning based on Hogan data

Is this the right course for me?

If you’re relatively new to delivering feedbacks, especially to top-level leaders using sophisticated psychometric assessments, this course will help to give you the confidence to be an effective and personable coach. This workshop covers the fundamentals of setting up and delivering a professional feedback session, so may not be suitable if you are a highly experienced coach.

Workshop Cost: £1,175 plus VAT (package options available, please contact us for details) 

This is an in-person course at the citizenM Tower of London Hotel, 40 Trinity Square, London EC3N 4DJ (subject to evolving Covid restrictions). If you’d like a virtual option, please see our calendar for upcoming dates.

PCL were the first international distributor of Hogan tools and have been working closely with Hogan Assessments since 1996. Our long history and experience mean we pride ourselves on offering excellent Hogan training from the experts. We are the only UK verified assessors providing British Psychological Society accredited Hogan training, enabling registration on the Register of Qualifications in Test Use (RQTU). 

Primary Scales

Occupational Scales

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