Motivation

Use our Motivation test to hire the best

About the Motivation test

While an employee’s skill level is important for success, their job preferences and motivation can play an even more important role in their success in the role. Skills can be taught, but motivation and preferences are innate characteristics that don't generally change significantly over time. That's why it's crucial to evaluate not only whether your candidates have the right skills for the job but also if their preferences and overall motivators align with what the role has to offer.

In their Job Characteristics Model, organizational psychologists Oldham and Hackman proposed that a job itself – rather than an employee’s personality – has the greatest influence on motivation. Employees are most motivated when they experience their work as meaningful, see themselves as responsible for its outcomes, and know the results of their work. At the same time, a set of key “moderators” – factors that may increase or decrease an individual employee’s motivation – can impact results.

Building on this research, which has been validated by numerous academic studies over the years, we have created our job preferences test to help you identify candidates who will be most motivated by the job you’re hiring for. This screening test profiles key job characteristics, moderators, extrinsic factors, and job activities that are known to have an impact on motivation. What motivates one candidate may not motivate another, and this test also takes individual candidate preferences into account.

To customize the test to the job role for which you are hiring, we ask you a series of questions related to the key elements that impact job motivation to create a robust profile of the role.

Candidates receive a parallel version of the survey that asks what they seek in a job, including the work activities they most enjoy. We then map the results of each candidate against your specifications to help you understand the degree to which your candidates' preferences align with what you are offering, allowing you to identify candidates that best align with the characteristics of the role.

Motivation test

The test is made by a subject-matter expert

Otto V.

Otto worked at Bain & Company for 13 years and served as a Partner in Bain's Amsterdam office. He specializes in customer strategy and marketing, growth strategies, and change management. He supported mainly retail banks, telecom companies, and agrifood businesses. Otto has been involved in recruiting throughout his career and led Bain's Associate Recruiting department for a number of years. He is one of TestGorilla's co-founders, focusing on test development, product, and technology.

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FAQs

What is the difference between an assessment and a test?
An assessment is the total package of tests and custom questions that you put together to evaluate your candidates. Each individual test within an assessment is designed to test something specific, such as a job skill or language. An assessment can consist of up to 5 tests and 20 custom questions. You can have candidates respond to your custom questions in several ways, such as with a personalized video.
Can I add my own questions to an assessment?
Yes! Custom questions are great for testing candidates in your own unique way. We support the following question types: video, multiple-choice, coding, file upload, and essay. Besides adding your own custom questions, you can also create your own tests.
How do video questions work?
A video question is a specific type of custom question you can add to your assessment. Video questions let you create a question and have your candidates use their webcam to record a video response. This is an excellent way to see how a candidate would conduct themselves in a live interview, and is especially useful for sales and hospitality roles. Some good examples of things to ask for video questions would be "Why do you want to work for our company?" or "Try to sell me an item you have on your desk right now." You can learn more about video questions here.
Can you explain how the other custom question types work?
Besides video questions, you can also add the following types of custom questions: multiple-choice, coding, file upload, and essay. Multiple-choice lets your candidates choose from a list of answers that you provide, coding lets you create a coding problem for them to solve, file upload allows your candidates to upload a file that you request (such as a resume or portfolio), and essay allows an open-ended text response to your question. You can learn more about different custom question types here.
Can I customize an assessment with my company logo and color theme?
Yes! You can add your own logo and company color theme to your assessments. This is a great way to leave a positive and lasting brand impression on your candidates.
What type of support do you offer?
Our team is always here to help. After you sign up, we’ll reach out to guide you through the first steps of setting up your TestGorilla account. If you have any further questions, you can contact our support team via email, chat or call. We also offer detailed guides in our extensive Help & Inspiration Center.
What is the cost for using the Motivation test?
You can find our pricing packages here. Sign up here to try TestGorilla today.
Can I combine the Motivation test with other tests?
Yes. You can add up to five tests to each assessment.
Where in my recruitment process should I use the Motivation test?
We recommend using our assessment software as a pre-screening tool at the beginning of your recruitment process. You can add a link to the assessment in your job post or directly invite candidates by email. TestGorilla replaces traditional CV screening with a much more reliable and efficient process, designed to find the most skilled candidates earlier and faster.

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