Hogan Development Survey (HDS)

The Hogan Development Survey (HDS) identifies personality-based performance and derailment risks of interpersonal (dark-side) behaviour.

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Hogan HDS | Dark-side personality assessment

The Hogan Development Survey (HDS) describes the dark side of personality.  Qualities that emerge in times of increased strain or when we are not monitoring our behaviour.  This can disrupt relationships, damage reputations, and derail peoples’ chances of success. By assessing dark-side personality, you can recognise and mitigate performance risks before they become a problem.

Introduced in 1997, the HDS is the only personality assessment that identifies critical blind spots that lead to career derailment.

When the pressure’s on, the line between strength and weakness isn’t always clear.  Drive becomes ruthless ambition, attention to detail becomes micromanaging. The dark side of personality derails careers and companies, but it doesn’t have to. Organisations around the world rely on the HDS to identify derailers that disrupt or interfere with effective performance.

  • 15- to 20-minute completion time
  • Available in more than 40 languages
  • Measures behaviour not covered by the Five-Factor Model
  • Identifies problematic aspects of behaviour not detected in an interview
  • More than two million participants assessed
  • Validated for use in more than 400 research studies
  • No invasive or intrusive items
  • No adverse impact
  • Online administration

HDS Scales

The Hogan Development Survey is a proven assessment tool that uses 11 personality scales and 33 subscales to help leaders recognise shortcomings, maximise strengths, and build successful teams.

Low Scores:

appear to lack passion, lack a sense of urgency

High Scores:

appear easily annoyed and emotionally volatile

Low Scores:

appear naive, gullible

High Scores:

appear mistrustful, cynical

Low Scores:

appear overly confident, to make risky decisions

High Scores:

appear too conservative, risk averse

Low Scores:

appear to avoid conflict, too sensitive

High Scores:

appear aloof and remote, indifferent to others' feelings

Low Scores:

appear, unengaged, self-absorbed

High Scores:

appear uncooperative, stubborn

Low Scores:

appear unduly modest, self-doubting

High Scores:

appear arrogant, entitled and self-promoting

Low Scores:

appear over controlled, inflexible

High Scores:

appear charming and fun, careless about commitments

Low Scores:

appear repressed, apathetic

High Scores:

appear dramatic, noisy

Low Scores:

appear too tactical, to lack vision

High Scores:

appear impractical, eccentric

Low Scores:

appear careless about details, easily distracted

High Scores:

perfectionistic, micromanaging

Low Scores:

appear possibly insubordinate, too independent

High Scores:

appear respectful and deferential, eager to please


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HDS Resources

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Hogan’s Assessment Certification Program qualifies professionals to administer the Hogan Assessments. This course teaches the interpretation and application of Hogan’s three core personality-based assessments.

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