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The Hogan Business Reasoning Inventory (HBRI) is a personality assessment tool designed to measure cognitive abilities, specifically in the context of business decision-making. The HBRI is often used by employers in the hiring process to assess a candidate’s reasoning and problem-solving skills in business scenarios.

This preparation pack will prepare you for Hogan HBRI tests.

The pack includes: 5 Full Length Simulation HBRI Style Timed Tests

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The HBRI test is designed to evaluate a candidate’s cognitive abilities, such as problem-solving, critical thinking, and decision-making. By practicing for the test, you can become more familiar with the format and better understand what to expect on test day.

What is The HBRI Test?

Like all assessments, the HBRI should be used judiciously and as part of a broader decision-making process, taking into account multiple data points and not relying solely on any single test score.

The test is designed for business level jobs and is used by employers to test those making their way into leadership or managerial positions. It will show the employer your possible performance in the workplace. It identifies if you have advanced decision making skills relating to business. Along with pinpointing areas in which the candidate can improve.

Here is a table summarizing the topics covered by the Hogan Business Reasoning Inventory (HBRI) assessment:

Problem SolvingAbility to analyze and solve complex problems
Critical ThinkingAbility to think logically and critically
Quantitative ReasoningAbility to work with numbers, perform calculations, and understand numerical data
Reading ComprehensionAbility to read and understand written material, and to draw logical conclusions based on that material

The two reasoning styles the HBRI Test focuses on are:

  • Quantitative reasoning – which is the way someone is able to read through and pick out the important information of mathematical principles and their ability to follow formal reasoning
  • Qualitative reasoning – the more congenital way of solving a problem that requires someone to problem solve and understand abstract information from non mathematical questions in order to come to logical conclusions.

What is HBRI Test Preparation?

HBRI test preparation is what will get you ready for the test so that you can score the highest score possible. To be prepared for this test you should know that the test has 24 multiple choice questions you will have to complete in 30 minutes. Some versions of the test have no time limit but it will depend on the employer. There are three topics the test covers.

Topics You Need To Know:

Verbal and Logical Reasoning

These types of questions will test how you can solve logical puzzles by taking two separate things and seeing how they may relate to one another. It includes deductive reasoning which tests how you can determine if something may be true or false. There is also inductive reasoning which tests if you can use a few different pieces of information to draw a conclusion. Be prepared to interpret short sentences that may seem easy but have more underlying meaning.

Numerical Reasoning

This part of the assessment will test if you are able to do simple math problems. Such problems include algebra one, algebra two, and geometry. Those have to do with areas, shapes, word problems, understanding graphs to pull data from them, and other calculations.

Abstract Reasoning

On these types of questions you will demonstrate your ability to solve unfamiliar problems without any prior information given. This will show your logical reasoning and ability to find solutions that are not obvious. For this test you will work with figures that are 2D and 3D.

How To Prepare For The HBRI Test

Preparation for the HBRI test will take time and effort in order to get the score you want. These are some key points you should consider when getting ready to take the test:

  • Practice a lot. Practicing different problems over and over will help you improve. After doing practice problems you should go over the problems to see how you did.
  • Understand. For problems you get wrong you should go through them and understand why they are wrong. Understanding the process of a problem will help you through the study process.
  • Learn the format of the three types of questions so you know what to expect.
  • Allocate time to study. It’s important to set aside time each day to study so that you don’t end up underprepared come test day.
  • Get help. If you are struggling with the problems you should seek help
  • Take study breaks so you don’t get burnt out.

Preparation will be the key to you doing well on the HBRI test. You’ll want to make sure you get the score your possible employer wants you to get.

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How is the HBRI Test Scored?

The test is scored from low to high.

Qualitative reasoning score – a low score means that you learn through experience and those with a high score can understand and learn given complex information.

Quantitative reasoning score – a low score indicates that you make decisions based on instinct and a high score means that you can identify relevant data in a fast paced manner when you have to solve a problem.

Hogan Personality Inventory (HPI)

Another type of business assessment your employer may have you take is the HPI. This test is quite different from the HBRI because this is a personify assessment rather than one that measures your problem solving skills.

It measures how you react to adjustments, your ambition level, your sociability, interpersonal sensitivity, prudence, inquisitiveness, and learning approach.

Employers use this assessment in order to get the best possible pool of employees for the position they want filled. This helps employers predict a candidate’s job performance. It may also help them decide what an employee may need to work on and how to manage them.

Hogan Development Survey (HDS)

This assessment determines more negative traits of a person. It will show the side of your personality that could hurt performance or relationships with coworkers or clients.

This HDS measures your level of excitable, skeptical, cautious, reserved, leisurely, bold, mischievous, colorful, imaginative, diligent, and dutiful traits. This allows your employer to understand where you may need improvement or areas that need to be tested more.

Hogan Motives, Values, Preferences Inventory (MVPI)

This assessment helps an employer understand what you need to succeed, what motivates you the most, what environment or job may prompt the most success, and your overall values.

The MVPI will measure your interpretation based on levels of recognition, power, hedonism, altruistic, affiliation, tradition, security, commerce, aesthetics, and science. This shows what you prefer and value.

What Should You Take Away?

It is important to remember that there is no right or wrong answer for personality or behavioral assessments. These are purely for your employer to try to get to know you more. What there are right and wrong answers to is the HBRI Test. Doing your best on the HBRI test will show your employer you are ready for the job no matter what your personality reads.

Hogan HBRI Sample Question

The HBRI, as mentioned, looks at two types of reasoning: tactical and strategic.

  1. Tactical Reasoning: If Company A produces 100 units in 5 hours and Company B produces 150 units in 7 hours, which company has a higher production rate per hour?
  2. Strategic Reasoning Scenario: Given the rise of remote work, a company considers allowing employees to work from home permanently. What could be a potential long-term disadvantage?

A) Decreased commuting time for employees. B) Lack of face-to-face team collaboration. C) Reduced office expenses. D) Increased flexibility for employees.

  1. Tactical Reasoning: If a product’s price drops by 20% from its original price of $50, what is the new price?
  2. Strategic Reasoning: If market trends show that consumers are becoming more environmentally conscious, what product change might a plastic bottle manufacturing company consider?

A) Reducing the size of bottles. B) Using biodegradable materials. C) Increasing production. D) Focusing on aesthetic design.

  1. Tactical Reasoning: Which of the following represents the correct order of tasks in the product development lifecycle?

A) Testing, Planning, Launch, Design B) Planning, Design, Testing, Launch C) Design, Testing, Launch, Planning D) Planning, Testing, Design, Launch

  1. Strategic Reasoning Scenario: A software company notices a decline in software purchases but an increase in inquiries for training. What might this indicate?

A) Their software is too simple. B) Customers are not seeing value in the software. C) Customers find the software complex and need training. D) The software is perfectly designed.

  1. Tactical Reasoning: If a store sold 60 units of Product X in January, 72 units in February, and expects a 10% growth in sales each month, how many units do they expect to sell in March?
  2. Strategic Reasoning: A company’s customer reviews indicate satisfaction with product quality but dissatisfaction with customer service response times. What should the company prioritize?

A) Improving product features. B) Decreasing product prices. C) Training customer service representatives. D) Expanding production facilities.

  1. Tactical Reasoning: If a 20% discount on a $100 item saves the customer $20, how much would a 15% discount save on the same item?
  2. Strategic Reasoning Scenario: A start-up company in a competitive market has limited funds. Where might they get the best return on investment to ensure business growth?

A) Hiring high-profile executives. B) Investing in intensive market research. C) Spending on lavish office spaces. D) Creating targeted and effective advertising campaigns.