General quiz about looking for employment


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You apply for a job that you know for sure you are best qualified for. However, the job goes to a person who is half your age and less experienced than you. Where did you miss out?

A. Nowhere - the company is obviously a cheapskate wanting to get people who are less experienced because they would be paid less
B. You know that the catch-point must have been the salary and you are disappointed
C. You should have made it more obvious to the recruiter that you add value to the position offered through your experience and qualifications and hence, a higher salary would be well justified
D. You really do not know, but you think it is horribly unfair

You have appeared for an interview and you find that one of the interviewers is not positively inclined towards you; you find that he/ashe makes it a point to hassle you with rude comments and provocative questions. What do you do?

A. Ignore him/her as much as possible; concentrate and address your answers to the other members on the panel
B. Be courteous and polite to him/her as you are with the others; make no differentiation at all
C. Make it obvious through your answers and your body language that you do not like rude people and will not tolerate such behavior
D. Ask him/her directly whether there is any problem for which you are attracting his/her antipathy

Finding the right job is not as difficult as one may think. Freshers usually say that their life is miserable because they have no experience, and hence, they are often offered jobs which are low paid yet ask long hours of multitasking from them. The older lot thinks exactly the opposite - they are not getting jobs because they have too much experience and cannot work more for less (remuneration) as the younger generation can afford to do. What is the truth?

A. Freshers do have it tough till they land their first job; after that, your career is as you make it
B. The older generation have to continuously improve themselves or they will loose out to the younger lot who can be happy with low salary while working longer hours
C. It all depends upon finding the right kind of job - one needs to search what fits them best
D. Job search is a tough cookie both for young and older people; there are plus and minus points both ways

Often, you can find exciting jobs through informal meetings. Can you choose which informal ways are the best for job search? You may choose one or more choices, if you find them suitable.

A. Informing all your relatives and friends that you are looking for a job and asking their help in achieving this goal
B. Networking with fellow job seekers and exchanging experiences and leads
C. Developing a continuous professional interaction through attending conferences, seminars, workshops that relate to your job/profession
D. All of the above

You found an excellent job through a classified, and are very excited about it. You will need to write a slightly tweaked CV in order to adjust your skill set to the requirements of the job. How can you be sure that you have done your best?

A. Use a professional CV writing service to get the best possible CV
B. Put yourself in the shoes of your employer and write your CV in answer to what he/she would look for through the advertised job
C. Write your CV carefully tailored to the requirements of the vacancy, and then check whether it really sounds good by asking close friends or peers to review it
D. You can never know whether the employer would choose your CV - nonetheless you take your chances

What are the best tools you can use during your quest to find a suitable job for yourself? Choose as many as you think relevant.

A. Use employment agency to gain as many leads as possible
B. Use the Internet through which you can apply online to hundreds of companies at the click the mouse
C. Use self-promotion of your skills through printing a two-sentence brief on your basic skills/ occupation/ specialization on the back of your visiting cards, on the letterheads, as signature in mai
D. Use the services on online and offline career counseling centers to learn about your strengths and weaknesses to obtain a better focus in your search

You are desperate to move away from your present job but do not know where and how to start looking for a job. Who can help you best?

A. Your friends and neighbors because they know you and hence, they will definitely know your strengths and weaknesses and hence, provide you the right leads
B. The staff members of the employment agency whom you hired to find the job for your in the first place;
C. The best person is your boss/superior(s). If he or she would want to promote your career, they could recommend your case to another suitable place.
D. Your colleagues from past and present

You are desperate to move away from your present job to another (better job) in the same company. However, you are afraid to apply fearing that a rejection would compromise your relationship with your present boss. What can you do to get a feel about your chances before you commit to the move?

A. Use the grapevine to send and receive the required information
B. Have a frank discussion with your boss asking him/her advice on whether he/she would feel that such a move would be acceptable and supported by him/her
C. Ask a colleague to suggest your name to the HR Department Head and gauge their reaction
D. Apply through regular channels and hope for the best

You have friends who have stayed with one company and one job for more than 20 years. You cannot stay with a job for than 5-6 years before you need to move either upwards or outwards. Is this wrong?

A. Job shifting is a major way to grow and promote your career
B. Yes, definitely this is wrong. If you have to search what you like and fit into and then settle there for life
C. Yes, it is unusual. You should not stay with a job for so long. About 2-3 years in one place should suffice
D. You should consider leaving your job only if there is something very seriously wrong with it

You are aware that your CV is the best and the first tool that helps you in the search for your job. Why is it important to keep it as brief as possible?

A. It is not important to keep it short; rather the reverse is true, i.e. the more details you offer the better are your chances for being called for interview/recruited
B. It is easier to catch the essence of your application
C. It is easier to send it across and costs less in terms of postage/ courier
D. Recruiters hate to read long CVs

The importance of the design of your CV and the success you have in your job search seem to be directly proportionate to each other. The better designed it is, the better are your chances to land the job. Why is the design important?

A. The design of your CV facilitates easy reading and transfer of information to the reader (recruiter)
B. The design makes the CV look more attractive
C. The design will usually guide you in what to write and what to omit and hence, it is very important you follow the prescribed design for the job you apply
D. It is really not important how you write your CV but what you write in your CV

You have heard of stories of people becoming CEOs (from clerical positions or similar low-end entry positions) over the years, growing steadily within the company. Is it fair to expect such a meteoric growth in your career?

A. Why not? Everybody needs to start somewhere. If you keep developing your skills and you have the right aptitude, you could be the CEO of your company someday
B. This happens only in movies, when the hero is usually a 'dark horse' who has to win the hearts of both the audience and his heroine
C. Yes, it happens - but it is not common and hence, it is not something that one can or should put as his/her career objective
D. Yes, it can happen - with the right breaks and the right recommendations

Why is the hidden market flourishing? Is it not easier for recruiters to find a suitable candidate by advertising their requirements/vacancies?

A. Recruiters are happier when they get recommended/referred candidates
B. Only those jobs which cannot be filled through informal searches end up in the advertisements; However, usually they get filled as soon as they fall vacant through recommendations
C. It is a matter about costs and proved competencies
D. The hidden market is a myth

You can completely rely on the capacity of a career development centre or career guide or employment organization you are registered with to land you with a job. Your quest ends the moment you sign yourself in with such an establishment(s).

A. False - your quest for job search ends only when you land a job. You need to keep at it with all that you got, or you will be totally lost
B. Correct - work only with the best - and once you register, forget about it. They will do all the necessary work for you
C. False - no organization really works for you; you need to keep prodding them every day, or they will forget about you
D. It is true - but you might be required to follow up with them every now and then

Job search skills are usually something you are born with. If you do not have it within you, then it is very difficult for you to land a job.

A. True - you either have them or you do not - this is not something that anyone can teach you
B. False - job searching is a task, the skills for which can be developed with the help of various tools and mediums
C. There is no way you can learn how to search for a job - it has to be done instinctively. This is a talent you are born with.
D. Given the right amount of time, a human being can learn anything - job searching too

The job search is such an uphill task because only 5-10% is advertised. The rest is filled up through recommendations. Is this true?

A. The job search is difficult because recruiting processes are tough and cumbersome
B. The 5-10% is more than enough to take care of job searching; there is no difficulty there
C. This is not true - most of the jobs falling vacant are advertised; how else can they fill them
D. Yes, it is difficult. However, the right efforts will always bear fruit. You can be part of both the advertised and non-advertised world with the right efforts

You need not research a company just because you are applying for a job with them. That should be left for the time when you receive a call for interview.

A. False - you need to know where the company is going and what is its focus so you can write your CV accordingly
B. True - too much effort will be used and wasted - what if you are not selected for an interview
C. True - sending a CV does not need indepth knowledge about the company; you will need to know only whom it should be addressed to
D. Researching about companies is a good habit; you gain a lot of knowledge by doing so - however, it is not relevant to the CV writing

How often you should change a job to be considered successful in your career?

A. Once or twice in your life time
B. As and when you find a better opportunity to grow professionally; there is no fixed or pre-determined criteria here
C. Once in about 5 years you have to move or you will stagnate
D. Never - you should join the job only after serious consideration of all factors and it should be for life

What are the two most popular ways to search for a job?

A. Through advertisement and networking
B. Through networking and networking
C. Placement agencies and career development workshops
D. Grapevine and informal recommendations

What do you need to be successful in your job search quest?

A. Work, work, work - nothing like hard work to achieve your goals in life
B. You need to work smart - concentrate your efforts in learning the right techniques and acquiring the right skills and nothing will be difficult in life to achieve
C. A lot of luck
D. The backing of an excellent employment agency/agent

How many hours per week you should usually invest in job searching to be successful?

A. 25-30 hours per week should be more than sufficient
B. There is no such time limit; you need to search, search, search until you get what you want
C. 40 or more hours per week - all your efforts should be focused in getting that job; when you are not directly searching you should try to sharpen your skills by attending workshops, seminars, etc
D. 7-10 hours per week is more than enough; use the services of a good placement agency and leave it to them - all you need is to follow up with them from time to time

Is attending job fairs a good idea for searching and finding the right job?

A. Job fairs are gimmicks that market and publicize the companies which participate - you get nothing out of them
B. Most often you get some wonderful leads from there - but do not expect interview calls from job fairs only; you will need to follow up closely if you found something that interested you
C. Oh yes - where else you can get hundreds of companies offering you jobs on a platter
D. This one of the major highways for landing a job

When you make a cold call, whom should you address your application to?

A. The CEO of the company; after he/she is the one who takes all the decisions
B. The HR Head - he/she is the one who orchestrates the hiring and firing in an organization
C. The Recruiting Head - he/she is the right person to contact at this stage
D. You just send/give the envelope marked with 'application for a suitable position' to the company; the reception will hand it to the right person in most cases

Should you follow up with a call or an email after you have sent a cold-call application to a company?

A. By all means - you will need to keep at it, until they say Yes or NO
B. You could place a call or send an email enquiring whether they received your application and whether there are any chances that they would consider it
C. No, if they need you they will contact you
D. No, of they have not called you, it means they do not have any vacancy at present

What should you do if your cold call application gained you an interview call for a position that you do not really care for - though you would love to be part of the company?

A. Attend the job interview anyway - something is always better than nothing
B. Decline with a polite letter, expressing your regret that this is not a position that you could consider
C. Attend the interview and make it clear that this is not the job opening you are looking for and hope they offer you something better
D. Request to be considered for a particular position(s) as and when the opportunity arises; do not attend the interview just because you were called for it