Hogan Development Survey - HDS

The Hogan Development Survey (HDS) identifies personality-based derailers that can limit career potential.

The Hogan Development Survey (HDS) describes the dark side of personality – qualities that emerge in times of increased strain and can disrupt relationships, damage reputations, and derail peoples’ chances of success. By assessing dark-side personality, you can recognize and mitigate performance risks before they become a problem.

The HDS scales can actually be strengths under normal circumstances. However, when you’re tired, under pressure, or otherwise distracted, these derailers often impede effectiveness and erode the quality of business and personal relationships. The HDS can help mitigate the negative personality characteristics that derail success in careers, relationships, and life.

Quick Facts:

  • 15- to 20-minute completion time
  • Available in multiple languages
  • Identifies problematic aspects of behaviour
  • Normed on over 10,000 managers
  • No invasive or intrusive items
  • No adverse impact
  • Online administration


The HDS measures dark side personality along 11 scales. The following describe high scorers:

  • Excitable: Moody, hard to please, and emotionally volatile
  • Sceptical: Suspicious, sensitive to criticism, and expecting betrayal
  • Cautious: Risk averse, resistant to change, and slow to make decisions
  • Reserved: Aloof, uncommunicative, and indifferent to the feelings of others
  • Leisurely: Overtly cooperative, but privately irritable, stubborn, and uncooperative
  • Bold: Overly self-confident, arrogant, and entitled
  • Mischievous: Charming, risk-taking, and excitement-seeking
  • Colourful: Dramatic, attention-seeking, and interruptive
  • Imaginative: Creative, but thinking and acting in unusual or eccentric ways
  • Diligent: Meticulous, precise, hard to please, and micromanaging
  • Dutiful: Eager to please and reluctant to act independently or against popular opinion