Hogan Development Survey(HDS)

Hogan Development Survey(HDS)

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Author: Hogan Assessment Systems, Inc

Purpose To evaluate behavioural tendencies that impedes success in the work place
Administer To Individuals 18 years and older
Reading/Education Level Grade 12 (NQF Level 4)
Administration Time 15-20 minutes (168 items)
Scoring Options User Portal/JvR Online/Data-capturing by Client Services
Publication Date 2009
HPCSA Submitted
Training Compulsory accreditation training
Languages English and multiple languages
SA Norms Yes

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 recognise and mitigate performance risks before they become a problem.

Assessment Scales

The HDS includes the following scales:

  • Excitable: Moody, easily annoyed, hard to please, emotionally volatile
  • Diligent: Perfectionistic, hard to please, micromanaging
  • Bold: Overly self-confident, arrogant, with inflated feelings of self-worth
  • Reserved: Aloof, indifferent to feelings of others, uncommunicative
  • Skeptical: Distrustful, cynical, sensitive to criticism, focused on the negative
  • Colourful: Dramatic, attention-seeking, interruptive, poor listening skills
  • Mischievous: Charming, risk-taking, limit-testing, excitement-seeking
  • Cautious: Unassertive, resistant to change, risk averse, slow to make decisions
  • Leisurely: Overtly cooperative, but privately irritable, stubborn, uncooperative
  • Imaginative: Creative, but thinking and acting in unusual or eccentric ways
  • Dutiful: Eager to please and reluctant to act independently or against popular opinion

Areas Of Application

The HDS predicts job performance by assessing derailment characteristics and identifies problematic aspects of behaviour not detected in an interview.

  • Recruitment and Selection
  • Individual Development

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Additional information

Application Area

Development, Innovation, Leadership, Succession Planning, Talent Attraction


JvR Online

Psychology Category

Online Availability


HPCSA Status




The HDS has the following individual software reports available:

  • Insights: This report builds self-awareness by highlighting behavioral tendencies of which the participant may be unaware.
  • Data: This report provides numerical scores for the primary scales.

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Terms & Conditions

Please Note:

  • Additional fees will be applicable when requesting Client Services to assist with administration (only applicable where user portals are available and a client chooses not to make use of this facility)
  • Material / Reports only available to suitably qualified users
  • Prices as quoted may change without prior notice
  • Errors and omissions excepted
  • Courier costs are not included in the above quoted prices
    JvR may have to order some of the above items. In such instances delivery times will be extended

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JvR Academy

JvR Academy provides compulsory 2 day accreditation training for HOGAN

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South African RESEARCH

South African norms are available for the HDS using candidates from the corporate environment in South Africa. The psychometric properties of the instrument have been investigated and numerous local criterion-referenced studies have been completed. JvR Psychometrics welcomes the opportunity to partner with clients to conduct predictive studies in their organisations.

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