SHL Motivation Questionnaire (MQ)

In todays economic climate more than ever it is vital to understand and maintain an individuals’s motivation. The SHL Motivation Questionnaire (MQ) helps to identify an individual’s strongest motivators and demotivators.


144 items
Approximately 25 minutes - untimed

high quality

Conforms to BPS and American Psychological Association guidelines


All levels


British Psychological Society (BPS) Level B accreditation or Getfeedback can provide feedback on the report at an additional cost

The Motivation Questionnaire gives a comprehensive insight into what motivates people to exert more energy in the workplace.  By understanding what motivates their staff, your clients can unlock each individual’s full potential and direct their energies more constructively.

The MQ is delivered online and is available in a number of languages making it simple and easy to complete for all candidates.

The MQ looks at motivation across 4 areas:

– Energy and Dynamism: Where the person gets their energy from and “what drives them”

– Synergy: How important environmental comfort factors are to maintaining their motivation

– Intrinsic: Motivators to do the job itself

– Extrinsic: The rewards and outcomes which are important to the individual

Candidates are presented with a number of statemants and asked to rate each on how it would affect thier motivation. An example can be seen below:

MQ sample question

SHL Psychometric


GFB provide the motivation profile report with the MQ. A sample report can be downloaded here.

Areas of Use

The Motivation Questionnaire can be useful throughout the employee lifecycle, including:

  • Career counselling
  • Performance management
  • Selection
  • Staff induction
  • Staff retention

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