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Hogan Development Survey

Hogan Development Survey (HDS)

The Hogan Development Survey (HDS) is a measure of "Dark-side" personality characteristics and represents ground breaking research on eleven behavioural tendencies that can derail career success.

Further Information

The scales of the HDS are interpreted in terms of risk, with higher scores indicating greater potential for problems on the job. The key to avoiding the negative consequences associated with these tendencies is self-awareness.

Use and Application 

The Hogan Development Survey contains eleven scales measuring behavioural tendencies that can be barriers to career success. The HDS is the only business-related inventory that measures these dysfunctional tendencies.

Scientific research and peer review

Want to find out more about the HDS and the research behind this model? We have a number of resources and blogs to help:

Features & Benefits

Key Features Key Benefits
Identifies problematic aspects of behaviour that are hard to detect during an interview Provides insight on risks of over-using skills that could lead to career derailment.
Multiple language on-line test items and instant report output with 24hr availability Flexible implementation across international boundaries with various report options.
Normed on more than 10,000 working adults globally A tool that can be applied tactically and strategically across an organisation for all levels.
No invasive question items, no adverse impact, validated in over 100 organisations on working adults A unique and trusted and reliable tool, known for scientific rigour.

HDS Scales

  • Excitable
  • Moody
  • Easily annoyed
  • Hard to please
  • Emotionally volatile
  • Sceptical
  • Distrustful
  • Cynical
  • Sensitive to criticism
  • Focused on the negative
  • Cautious
  • Unassertive
  • Resistant to change
  • Risk averse
  • Slow to make decisions
  • Reserved
  • Aloof
  • Indifferent to the feelings of others
  • Uncommunicative
  • Leisurely
  • Overtly cooperative
  • Privately irritable
  • Stubborn
  • Uncooperative
  • Bold
  • Overly self confident
  • Arrogant
  • Inflated feelings of self worth
  • Mischievous
  • Charming
  • Risk taking
  • Limit testing
  • Seeking excitement
  • Colourful
  • Active
  • Energetic
  • Entertaining
  • Dramatic
  • Attention seeking
  • Imaginative
  • Creative
  • Thinking and acting in unusual or eccentric ways
  • Diligent
  • Meticulous
  • Precise
  • Conscientious
  • Hard to please
  • Perfectionistic
  • Dutiful
  • Eager to please
  • Reluctant to act independently or against popular opinion