How our test assesses drives
Inspired by Hackman and Oldham’s Job Characteristics Model, Picked developed a framework to comprehensively capture elements of a job that impact employee motivation. With nine work drives, or motivating influences, our test efficiently assesses candidate preferences.
Candidates are given 20 points to spread across the nine drives, awarding more points to those that represent crucial motivators. This brief test takes about 5 minutes to complete and is not very demanding on candidates. Descriptions are provided for each drive for added clarity.
Results are easy to interpret, as the drives are simply listed in the order the candidate prioritised them along with the allocated points. This provides a picture of that candidate’s preferences and can be reviewed for alignment with the role.
Naturally, popular drives often vary across industries and settings. For example, Innovation is often a top motivator for individuals working in tech or product development, while Purpose is more highly valued by those seeking employment with non-profit organisations.
They remain relatively constant but may fluctuate or shift slightly, depending on what happens throughout an individual’s career.
This test was developed and reviewed by organisational psychologists and psychometric experts to ensure the results are meaningful and not disrupted by irrelevant bias or insensitivity. It is consistently one of our most popular and highly valued tests.