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People Assessments

OPTIMUM ADVISORS is certified to administer and interpret the results of the Hogan Personality Inventory (HPI), the Hogan Development Survey (HDS) and the Motives, Values, Preferences Inventory (MVPI):


What is Hogan?

Hogan Assessments are personality and behavioral assessment tools that have been used successfully by the business community to predict individual performance for more than 25 years.

  • Used by a wide range of small and large businesses, including 70% of the Fortune 500
  • Scientifically designed and rigorously validated with populations of working adults – Hogan’s validation research has been rated strongest amongst its peer group
  • More than 7 million assessments conducted in more than 50 countries
  • Measures an individual’s Reputation – a more accurate predictor of success than measurement of Identity
  • Recent research has shown that Big Five personality traits - upon which Hogan HPI is based - are predictive of CEO decision making and operating performance
  • Hogan is the ONLY personality assessment that measures the Dark Side of Personality - the personality you don't see in the interview, the behaviors that can derail both an individual's and an organization's success
  • Decades of extensive Hogan research and meta-analyses have revealed the predictive power of Hogan. Click HERE for Hogan's HPI-HDS ROI Study

Why Hogan?

Make Smarter Hiring Decisions

The total cost of a bad hire increases exponentially the more senior the position and the longer the individual remains with the organization. The time and money investment needed to replace the bad hire only adds to the cost.

Augment Manager Capability

Employee engagement in the U.S. has hovered at or slightly above a dismal 30% for over a decade. Gallup has shown links between employee engagement and vital performance indicators including profitability; managers account for at least 70% of the variance.

Identify and Develop Future Leadership

Succession planning includes identifying individuals with the competencies needed for advancement, developing their strengths and coaching them on their weaknesses.

Hone Leadership Acumen

Research has shown that leadership effectiveness dramatically improves profitability.

Optimize Team Performance

Understanding a team’s strengths, potential derailers, and common values is fundamental to building a highly productive team and cohesive culture.


“Elise facilitated a Leadership Teambuilding Workshop focused on enhancing our team’s performance and building a high-performance culture. Using the team’s aggregated Hogan Personality Assessment results, she guided us through the team’s strengths, development opportunities, and our shared values, all of which I found insightful and accurate. Her workshop was a mix of presentation and break-out sessions which generated a high level of team engagement, robust group discussion and many actionable ideas. Pre-workshop I found her responsive, helpful and easy to work with; post-workshop she provided us detailed, valuable recommendations on next steps that are helping us advance the team goals we generated that day. Highly recommend.”

“We had Hogan Assessments done on three CEO candidates before final round interviews. We were working under a very compressed timeline, and Elise was extremely accommodating in helping to have the assessments completed within that timeframe.  We were fascinated with the wealth of information that Elise interpreted for us and with how spot on the assessments were. The results not only helped us formulate final round interviewing and reference check questions, but we believe they will also prove to be invaluable during the on-boarding process.”

"We have hired Elise several times to help us make hiring decisions using Hogan Assessments. She understands our business and took the time to understand our firm's culture. Her interpretations of the Hogan results have been very informative and she has guided us to ask more targeted questions in the interview process. In addition to helping us vet candidates, Elise has added to our onboarding process by debriefing and coaching the successful hire using the test's results. I highly recommend Elise's Hogan services."

"I was surprised how closely the Hogan Reports reflected my personality and nailed behaviors that can undermine my success. Elise's interpretation of the results was very insightful and her "Stop/Start" analysis has provided actionable feedback that I know will make me a better leader, investor and manager."

“We hired Elise to administer Hogan Assessments to our final round candidates for IT Director. The assessments were incredibly on point and her interpretation of the results yielded a set of follow-up questions that made the final round of interviews much more productive.  The process helped us to categorize candidates’ strengths and weaknesses and map them onto the job requirements in an organized manner. The Hogan framework adds rigor and clarity to the hiring process, highly recommend.”

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