Basic Job Search Quiz


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You have found out that a certain company has a vacancy that interests you a lot. How do you plan to get it?

A.Use your personal networking to get an audition for the job
B.Use your professional networking to get recommended for the job
C.Approach directly, giving strong references to support your claim for the job
D.Approach directly, but do not use your networking backup unless strictly necessary

Your employment agency keeps offering/pushing you to take up jobs that are not exactly your cup of tea. Should you-

A.Quit using the services of the employment agency
B.Give in the bullying and take up the recommended job to see how things work out
C.Stay choosy and advice your employment agency to notify you only when job of your interest are available
D.Threaten that you will complain to a consumer protection agency

You have employed the services of an employment agency. What should you expect from hem?

A.Regular interview calls even if they are not exactly matching your skills-set after all the more you attend - the better are your chances to land a job
B.Interview calls that pertain only to your area and skills-set
C.Placement at any cost, even if it means that you are not exactly matched to the job you are taking up
D.Counseling and training on how to be successful in an interview

You have sent your CV and you have not heard from the said company in about 10 days. You want to know whether you are short-listed or rejected. What is the best way to find out?

A.Call the reception and find out whether the interview call letters have been dispatched yet; if yes, whether your name was on the list; if not, when it is scheduled to be despatched.
B.Call up the HR person whom your letter was addressed and find out from the source directly
C.Visit the company in person and ask for an audition with the HR person in charge of the recruitment
D.Send an email to the HR person in charge requesting an update

Networking is a great way to land good jobs. How can you develop a large and beneficial network?

A.Always make it a point to keep in touch with your peers in the field, past and present
B.Contact and keep in touch with people that need/use your skills
C.Have a business card ready for any eventual professional acquaintance whereby you can develop a contact
D.Have a CV ready for distribution and distribute it freely to those who may seem interested

You find that there is a job in the classifieds that you might find suitable for yourself. What do you do:

A.Take a print-out of your CV and send it to the company immediately
B.Take time to find out exactly how your skills match to the requirement and then apply with a tailor made CV
C.Use your standards CV but write a tailor made CV explaining why you think you are suitable for the job
D.Ensure that both the CV and the cover letter is specifically focused on what the job requires

The best way to find leads for jobs is:

A.Newspapers
B.Employment agencies
C.Personal networking
D.Internet

You have acquired new skills and want to move upwards in your company. How do you go about it?

A.Use the direct approach - inform your boss and the head of HR that you are now qualified to handle a higher position and request to be considered for it
B.Subtly find out whether you are suitable for the position though the grapevine/personal networking and only after you are convinced that you are, apply for it
C.Request your boss to recommend the change
D.Apply for the new job through regular channels without discussing it with anyone (your boss or the HR Head)

You find that the job market is slow and you decide to use the Internet. How best you could harness this tool to your job search needs?

A.Check out the websites of the companies for vacancies
B.Apply through online placement agencies
C.Send your CV through emails to prospective companies
D.Set up an excellent professional website to market yourself

How else you can use the computer and Internet to promote your chances to get a job?

A.Get an online degree
B.Use online placement agencies services
C.Leave your CV on the websites of your `dream-companies` for further reference
D.Send short emails to the HR Heads of the companies you want to join with brief news about yourself

When you are out there hunting for a job, what is your best tool, which will help you grab the job you want?

A.A Cv which matches all the requirements of the job vacancy.
B.A very strong reference from a high level contact
C.An exceptional academic record and qualifications
D.An outstanding reference by your employer

You find that the company you have always dreamt about has advertised for a job you could deliver very well. However, it pays lower than your present job. Do you :

A.Apply for the job anyway; you need to get your foot in the door in the first place
B.You apply for the job and negotiate for a higher pay package in view of your present take-home remuneration
C.You sadly forgo this opportunity since you feel this will harm your career
D.You apply for the job mentioning clearly what salary you expect

You have appeared a number of interviews and you find yourself in a position where you have two or more very good offers. How do you choose which one to accept?

A.You will choose the job that will give the most satisfaction
B.You will choose the job which offers the highest remuneration package
C.You will choose the job which provides you the best career and professional growth
D.You will choose the job which is offered by the largest/most reputed company of all

You accept what you thought a wonderful offer, but find later on (say, within 2-3 months from joining) that it is not what it was made out to bE. What do you do?

A.Meet your boss/ the recruitment head and clarify the matter
B.Start searching for jobs again
C.Accept only the work you were hired to do and reject all other responsibility
D.Accept all the work but complain to all and sundry about the miserable deal you got and feel miserable all the time

You have heard that networking is a powerful and potent tool for job search. How do you make a network in the first place?

A.You make friends easily and remember them on official and religious occasions
B.You maintain regular contact with your peers and help them when they need
C.You attend conferences and are highly active professionally
D.You cultivate professional relationships with people above and under you

You have heard someone speaking about the hidden market. Do you know what it is?

A.Mafia jobs
B.Something to do with shady jobs
C.Jobs which are never advertised
D.Jobs that are created only for the insiders of a company

How can you ensure a foothold in the hidden market?

A.Develop a strong network inside and outside your office
B.Develop close camaraderie with the gossips of the office so you can learn about any such opening at the earliest
C.Offer your services free to local volunteer organizations
D.Maintain exceptional professional repute

The grape vine is usually associated with negative publicity. Some people say it is possible to use the grapevine service in their quest for a joB. Is this possible? If so, how?

A.Yes, it can be used as a tool for job search. The grapevine can be fed constantly with positive feedback about your work
B.No, the grapevine is usually gossip and nobody really pays too much attention to it when such serious matters arise
C.Yes, definitely. The grapevine is the first and foremost source of such opportunities and if cultivated correctly, you will be able to learn about the new job at the earliest possible
D.No. Avoid using the grapevine as only notorious news get forwarded through it. It will harm you more than help.

You have more than 10-15 years experience in your field, but when you apply for a job, the younger lot get the job. How can you compete in such a scenario?

A.Give up. Consider self-employment options. You cannot compete with the zest and stamina of the people half your age; neither can you work at the pittance they accept as their salary.
B.Research the market and upgrade your skills. Your experience will become your strength when presented along with up-to-date skill sets
C.Accept the job at a lower pay than you would otherwise demand, in order to compete with the younger candidates who are accepting modest pay-packages
D.Negotiate with the employer highlighting where and how you could be a better bet than the younger generation workers

You are a fresh graduate. You want to try the cold call approach to search a suitable job for yourself. What is the best way to go about this?

A.Send thousands of emails left, right and centre wherever you can
B.You make your cold calls in person and leave your CV only when you feel it is worthwhile, or it is asked of you
C.Apply carefully only after you have contacted the Recruiting Head of the organization in person
D.You make a list of all the companies/ organization, which could use your services and send them your CV

You are in your 50s and you are finding that your avenues have narrowed considerably based on your age, though you are convinced that you can add much more value than any fresher. How do you gain entry to an interview?

A.Change your CV to contain only achievements instead of year-to-year achievements; while doing so concentrate on those aspects that the prospective employee is seeking for his/her candidate
B.List only your skill set and preference of position in your CV
C.Avoid at all costs the chronological way of stating experience; instead draw the attention to your skills
D.Give up. There is no way that at 50 you can compete with the younger work force

You found a job that matches exactly with your skills but you have absolutely no experience. How can you draw the attention of the employee towards your suitability?

A.Highlight your academic performance, concentrating on those aspects which match to the job
B.Highlight volunteer jobs/tasks that could prove your skills
C.Forget it; this would be a totally useless attempt
D.Translate your personal talents into employable skills that particularly match the present scenario

What should you highlight in your CV best in order to be noticed fastest?

A.Your achievements
B.Your academic qualification
C.Your experience
D.Your skills

There is some information that you can legally omit from you CV so you avoid chances of discrimination. What are these? You can select more than one, if you feel so.

A.Your age
B.Your gender & Your marital status
C.Your sexual preference
D.All of the above

What is the optimal size of a CV?

A.One page
B.Two pages
C.As long as it covers all you have to say
D.One to three pages plus annexures that give details

You are restless and cannot hold a job for more than 2-3 years. How can you use this as strength when you seek a job?

A.It cannot be used as a strength; it shows extreme immaturity and flawed professionalism
B.Highlight the achievements in each organization and be ready to back it up with references
C.Highlight the number of companies you know and point at the variety of experience you gained thereby
D.Avoid mentioning starting and ending dates you worked in the company; concentrate on the overall experience (total years) while mentioning a few of the most famous organizations you gained such expe

You want to follow up on the results over the phone. How best you can do it?

A.Call the receptionist and ask her/him if he/she knew about the results
B.Call the recruiting (who may or may not be the same as the interviewer) head and find out from him/her directly
C.Call up the interviewer enquiring into the matter
D.You talk to the secretary of the recruiter to find out the details

You find the information that a much-coveted job is falling vacant. You have a very high-level reference for this joB. How do you best use it to ensure that you optimize your chances to land the job?

A.Ask the reference to put in a good word for you as subtly as you can
B.Write the name of your reference in the CV and hope that it will bear sufficient weight
C.Wait to be short-listed and only then you ask your excellent referee to intervene on your behalf with a strong recommendation
D.You do not use the reference since this might actually mar your chances to land the job

There are many ways to build your network with special emphasis on jobs. Can you name the best way to cultivate a large network ?

A.Make it a point to send a greeting card on your friend`s/ co-worker/boss birthday
B.Ensure that you send a newsletter at regular intervals with the professional and personal developments are stated
C.Give a call over the phone every now and then
D.Keep in touch with surface mail

While searching for your favorite job, you find that the salary is low. Should you or not take up the job?

A.Yes
B.No