HOGAN DEVELOPMENT SURVEY

The Dark Side of Personality

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.

Quick facts:

  • 15- to 20-minute completion time
  • Available in more than 40 languages
  • Concerns characteristics not covered by the Five-Factor Model
  • Identifies problematic aspects of behavior not detected in an interview
  • Normed on more than 10,000 managers
  • No invasive or intrusive items
  • No adverse impact
  • Online administration

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. Organizations around the world rely on the HDS to identify derailers that disrupt or interfere with effective performance.

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

SCALE NAME

LOW SCORES TEND TO BE

HIGH SCORES TEND TO BE

Adjustment

Seem calm to the point of appearing to lack passion or urgency

Display dramatic emotional peaks and valleys regarding people and projects

Skeptical

Seem trusting to the point of naïveté

Are negative or cynical and expect to be betrayed

Cautious

Are willing to take risks without adequate risk assessment

are reluctant to take risks regardless of risk assessment

Reserved

Are too concerned about the feelings of others

Are indifferent to the feelings of others

Leisurely

Appear to lack an agenda or direction

Are passive-aggressive and agenda driven

Bold

Appear to lack self-confidence and resolve

Seem assertive, selfpromoting, and overly self-confident

Mischievous

Are conservative, compliant, and likely unadventurous

Are impulsive, limit-testing, and at times, devious

Colorful

Are modest, unassuming, quiet, and self-restrained

Are attention-seeking, dramatic, and socially prominent

Imaginative

Are practical, rely on routine, and often lack new ideas

May seem impractical, unpredictable, and offer unusual ideas

Diligent

Have poor attention to detail and tend to over delegate

Are picky, overly conscientious, and tend to micromanage

Dutiful

Are overly independent and seem to resent authority

Are excessively eager to please superiors

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