How the Motivation test works

Our Motivation test helps to ensure that your candidate is a good match based on their job preferences.

Mis-hires cost companies both time and resources. A candidate who looked perfect on paper may not work out because what they want from a job does not align with what you were offering them.

The motivation test will help you to measure a candidate’s suitability for a position. This is based on your company’s needs and the candidate’s preferences. This test is available on Pay-as-you-go, Scale, and Business plans.

Approx. reading time 5 minutes

In this article

  1. Purpose of the motivation test
  2. Setting the answers
    1. How to set the answers yourself
    2. Invite someone else to set the answers
    3. Why do you need to set the answers yourself?
  3. Taking the survey
    1. Job-specific questions
    2. Additional characteristics
    3. Regularly performed activities
  4. Reusing answers
  5. Common questions

Purpose of the motivation test

The motivation test is designed to help you find the candidates best suited for your role based on what they want from a job. You can identify suitable candidates based on their willingness to perform certain tasks. A candidate can ensure that they suit a role based on your requirements and their preferences.

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Setting the answers

After adding the Motivation test to an assessment, click Finish to go to the assessment overview page. From here, you will be able to set your answers for the test.

How to set the answers yourself

1-1     Click the green button labeled Take the survey, found in the white the top of the page. A new page will pop-up with more information.
2     Follow the on-screen instructions. You’ll be redirected to a new tab that gives a description of the survey and what you need to do next.


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Invite someone else to set the answers

1-1     Click the white bar labeled Motivation test survey, found at the top of the page. This will expand the bar, presenting you with more information
2     Click the green link labeled Invite them here
3     Enter the credentials of the desired colleague. A popup will appear, prompting you for the name and email address of your coworker. Enter their details

4     Click the Send invitation button. 

Your teammate will receive an email with a link to take the survey.

Tip: You can invite anybody to take the survey for you. They do not have to be a registered user of your account.

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Why do you need to set the answers yourself?

Every company and job has different needs. Because of this, we cannot provide generic answers. To receive the most accurate information, you need to complete the survey yourself.

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Taking the survey

You will be presented with some questions spread over 3 sections. We recommend allowing yourself around 20 minutes to complete all 3 sections.

Job-specific questions

The first section relates to the specific job role, and covers the following areas:

  • Skill variety: how often employees will use different skills throughout their work day
  • Task identity: will the employee have complete ownership of their duties or be playing a part in a larger-scale project?
  • Task significance: the impact an employees work will have on others
  • Autonomy: how independent and self-directed does the employee need to be?
  • Feedback: how much and how often will it be given?

2-1     The question is displayed on the left of the test window. Take your time to read and understand the question, you don’t have a time limit.

4-1    Select one answer from the options on the right side of the window. Choose the answer which most closely matches the requirements of the job role. To deselect an answer, click it again.

6-1    Click Next to move to the next question, or Previous to go back to the last one. 

Note: Every question must have an answer selected. You cannot move to the next question without selecting an answer.

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Additional characteristics

The second section asks questions about other aspects of the job outside of their day-to-day duties. Things such as benefits or opportunities for development may motivate certain individuals.
These questions are a mix of single-answer and multi-answer multiple choice.

2-1     The question is displayed on the left of the test window. Take your time to read and understand the question, you don’t have a time limit.

4-1    Select one answer from the options on the right side of the window. Choose the answer which most closely matches the requirements of the job role. To deselect an answer, click it again.

6-1    Click Next to move to the next question, or Previous to go back to the last one. 

Note: Every question must have an answer selected. You cannot move to the next question without selecting an answer.

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Regularly performed activities

For the final section, you will be shown a list of activities that may be performed as part of the role. You will rate each activity based on its importance to your specific job role.

Tip: For best results, only assign a rating of 5 to the most important activities. Assign a low score to all others.

This will provide you with greater differentiation between candidate results, allowing you to identify the best matches from your pool of candidates.

2-1     The list of activities is displayed on the left of the page, along with alternative terms for each.

4-1    Select your rating for each activity on the right of the page. Each one should be rated between 1 and 5, with 5 being the most important.

6-1    Click Finish after providing ratings for all activities, or you can move back to the Previous section.

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Reusing answers

It is not possible to reuse answers from previous motivation tests. Due to the fact that every job role will have different motivational factors, and that these factors could well change over time, answers must be selected every time the test is added to an assessment.

Tip: If you are likely to reuse the same answers in future tests, you could record your responses for future reference.

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Common questions

How can I change the answers I have provided?
Once the survey has been completed, the answers cannot be changed.

Who should answer the survey?
The person with the most insight into the role is the best person to set the answers. This is usually the direct line manager that your new hire will be reporting to or a person currently working in this role.

Can multiple people answer the survey?
Only one person can answer the survey. While you can send invitations to multiple people, our system will only accept the first completed submission. 

Note: Your answers are not submitted until you have pressed Finish on the final page. This means you can leave the page altogether and return to it later on. You could arrange to meet your colleagues to complete the survey together!

What do the male/female symbols next to certain words mean?
To reduce bias, we’ve highlighted words that are gender-coded language. These are words that are typically associated with a specific gender. Gender-coded language might prevent certain candidates from identifying with a role.

Try to balance the number of masculine and feminine words when identifying the most important activities for your job role. This will help you avoid accidentally favoring one group of individuals over another.