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.

These tendencies are of particular concern in supervisory, managerial and leadership roles as they can lead to negative consequences for productivity, retention and the bottom line as well as eroding staff trust, loyalty and enthusiasm. By assessing dark-side personality, you can recognize and mitigate performance risks before they become a problem.

HDS Uses


High HDS scores pinpoint potential problem areas. From an actuarial point of view the total number of extreme HDS scores provides an indication of the possible risks associated with any appointment. At the later stages of the recruitment process HDS profiles help to focus on areas that can be fruitfully explored at interview and support more insightful interpretation of assessment centre observations.

Management Development Programmes

Research indicates that for most people their line manager is a major source of stress. Most managers can improve their interpersonal effectiveness and HDS based development programmes help to reduce employee stress, improve staff morale, increase job satisfaction and retention and optimise the constructive influence of managers.


For those in positions of responsibility, dysfunctional interpersonal skills are amongst the most frequent causes of failure. The HDS is highly effective in highlighting the areas appropriate to a coaching agenda. While for some individuals, group or team situations may be a suitable context for personal development, in many cases face-to-face HDS based coaching is more appropriate.

Advanced team building

The HDS takes team building to another level by addressing dysfunctional behaviours that threaten working relationships. Within teams that work in a confined physical or psychological space, ‘dark side’ characteristics will upset team dynamics, add to stress and adversely affect performance. An appreciation of the stress reactions of other team members will help to reduce the impact of disruptive ‘dark side’ tendencies.

PCL has worked closely with the Hogan founders and developed a wealth of data on these instruments over the past 20 years. Research includes an analysis of derailment personality characteristics called A Decade of the Dark Side.

Upcoming Courses

Hogan Advanced Interpretation in-person course @ citizenM Tower of London Hotel
Dec 8 all-day

This one-day workshop is a hands-on, fast-paced session that prepares you for interpreting scale combinations more skillfully, connecting scales across assessments and interpreting complex combinations with ease.

You’ll be addressing scale and subscale level data to draw effective developmental conclusions, and aid in getting the most value from the Hogan suite of assessments.

You’ll advance your interpretation skills, plus:

  • Practice using subscales and interpreting scale combinations
  • Learn how to resolve competing or complex scale combinations
  • Compare and contrast your own interpretive insights with Hogan expert interpretations
  • Connect Hogan data points across scales and assessments for more robust interpretations
  • Learn advanced interpretation techniques around low HDS and low MVPI scores

Is this the right course for me?

If you’re looking for a more sophisticated approach to the Hogan assessments and feel that a deeper knowledge of the scales, subscales and their combinations across the entire Hogan suite would be useful, this course is for you. You’ll have plenty of opportunity to develop your interpretation skills across a number of case studies, combining the HPI, HDS and MVPI tools.

Workshop Cost: £1,175 plus VAT 

Please note this course is being held in-person at the citizenM Tower of London Hotel, 40 Trinity Square, London EC3N 4DJ (subject to evolving Covid restrictions). We also offer virtual options.

Successful completion of a Hogan Certification Workshop is a pre-requisite of this course | Booking discounts available – contact for details.

Hogan Advanced Feedback in-person course @ citizenM Tower of London Hotel
Dec 9 all-day

This one-day workshop is your opportunity, as a fully-qualified Hogan user (HPI, HDS and MVPI qualifications are pre-requisites to this workshop), to hone your feedback skills and expand your knowledge.

This experiential workshop provides you with knowledge of advanced feedback models, how to integrate Hogan data with other inputs, tips for creating developmental action plans, and an understanding of best practices for delivering Hogan feedback.

The workshop will allow you to:

  • Learn a framework for delivering Hogan feedback
  • Obtain information about feedback types, debrief models, and feedback delivery best practices
  • Learn how to troubleshoot common problems
  • Connect assessment results to job context
  • Practice conducting a feedback session in a supervised setting
  • Practice developmental action planning based on Hogan data

Is this the right course for me?

If you’re relatively new to delivering feedbacks, especially to top-level leaders using sophisticated psychometric assessments, this course will help to give you the confidence to be an effective and personable coach. This workshop covers the fundamentals of setting up and delivering a professional feedback session, so may not be suitable if you are a highly experienced coach.

Workshop Cost: £1,175 plus VAT (package options available, please contact us for details) 

This is an in-person course at the citizenM Tower of London Hotel, 40 Trinity Square, London EC3N 4DJ (subject to evolving Covid restrictions). If you’d like a virtual option, please see our calendar for upcoming dates.

PCL were the first international distributor of Hogan tools and have been working closely with Hogan Assessments since 1996. Our long history and experience mean we pride ourselves on offering excellent Hogan training from the experts. We are the only UK verified assessors providing British Psychological Society accredited Hogan training, enabling registration on the Register of Qualifications in Test Use (RQTU). 


Talk to PCL about Hogan Assessment

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