Hogan Business Reasoning Inventory (HBRI)

The Hogan Business Reasoning Inventory (HBRI) describes reasoning style. The ability to evaluate sets of data and solve problems.

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Hogan HBRI | Critical reasoning assessment 

The Hogan Business Reasoning Inventory (HBRI) describes reasoning style.  The ability to evaluate sets of data, make decisions, solve problems, and avoid repeating past mistakes. By assessing reasoning style, you can identify candidates’ problem-solving style, understand their capacity, and identify areas for development.

The HBRI evaluates two kinds of problem-solving, called Strategic Reasoning and Tactical Reasoning. Strategic Reasoning concerns identifying problems that need to be solved. Tactical Reasoning concerns solving problems once they have been identified. Combining Strategic and Tactical Reasoning generates an overall perspective of Critical Thinking—the ability to contextualise problems and identify bogus assumptions and partisan agendas.

By assessing reasoning style, you can evaluate candidates’ problem-solving style and business-related decision skills.

  • 25- to 30-minute average completion time
  • Designed to predict occupational success
  • Tactical vs. strategic abilities
  • For selection and leadership development
  • Developed exclusively on working adults
  • Online administration and instantaneous reporting
  • Items developed to minimize reading requirements and adverse impact
  • Based on evolutionary psychology
  • Norms based on managerial samples
  • Validated against business success criteria

HBRI Scales

The first measure of reasoning ability designed to predict real-world performance, the HBRI evaluates two kinds of problems solving:

  • Tactical Reasoning: the ability to solve problems and come to sensible conclusions once the facts are known. High scorers tend to be disciplined, steady, and precise.
  • Strategic Reasoning: the ability to detect errors, gaps, and logical flaws in graphs, memos, diagrams, written reports, numerical projections, and tables of data. High scorers tend to be curious and interested in feedback.

HBRI Critical Reasoning



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