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Employability Skills Assessment:
How Strong are Your Soft Skills?
A Quintessential Careers Quiz


 

by Randall S. Hansen, Ph.D.

 

Employers develop a specific set of skills they look for in every new hire -- skills necessary to perform a particular job (technical, "hard" skills), as well as a broad set of general, interpersonal competencies (soft skills)... employability skills.

 

While technical skills will always be specific to the job you seek, the desire for a well-rounded set of soft skills is nearly universal among employers.

 

What are soft skills? Soft skills are personal characteristics and aptitudes that make us better workers and co-workers -- and include: verbal and written communications, listening, flexibility/adaptability, leadership, teamwork, problem-solving, planning, analytical, honesty/integrity, work ethic.

 

For further guidance on employability skills, read our article, What Do Employers Really Want? Top Skills and Values Employers Seek from Job-Seekers.

 

How are your employability skills? Ready to assess your soft skills? Take our emplopyability skills assessment!

 

Just complete this form. Click on Submit button when ready to send.

 

You will receive the answers and a scoring guide via e-mail.

 

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Read each statement and honestly evaluate how well it represents you -- from not at all like you to a great extent like you.

 

  1. I am an effective communicator, with strong writing and speaking skills.
    Not at all like me
    Very little like me
    Undecided/not sure
    Somewhat like me
    Great extent like me

     

  2. I have an easy time managing multiple assignments and tasks.
    Not at all like me
    Very little like me
    Undecided/not sure
    Somewhat like me
    Great extent like me

     

  3. I am a resourceful team player who excels at working with other team members.
    Not at all like me
    Very little like me
    Undecided/not sure
    Somewhat like me
    Great extent like me

     

  4. I am an active listener in conversations, paying more attention to the speaker than to myself.
    Not at all like me
    Very little like me
    Undecided/not sure
    Somewhat like me
    Great extent like me

     

  5. I value honesty and integrity above all else.
    Not at all like me
    Very little like me
    Undecided/not sure
    Somewhat like me
    Great extent like me

     

  6. I try to maintain a positive attitude -- through both words and actions.
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    Very little like me
    Undecided/not sure
    Somewhat like me
    Great extent like me

     

  7. I am a consummate professional; presenting an air of confidence and maturity.
    Not at all like me
    Very little like me
    Undecided/not sure
    Somewhat like me
    Great extent like me

     

  8. I have a personality that makes it easy for my co-workers to relate to me.
    Not at all like me
    Very little like me
    Undecided/not sure
    Somewhat like me
    Great extent like me

     

  9. I am goal-driven, and when given the opportunity, can motivate and lead others to success.
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    Very little like me
    Undecided/not sure
    Somewhat like me
    Great extent like me

     

  10. I know the line between work and personal lives, maintaining a professional persona.
    Not at all like me
    Very little like me
    Undecided/not sure
    Somewhat like me
    Great extent like me

     

  11. I understand that the only true measure of success is whether the job gets done.
    Not at all like me
    Very little like me
    Undecided/not sure
    Somewhat like me
    Great extent like me

     

  12. I keep an open mind about change and consider myself flexible and adaptable, as needed.
    Not at all like me
    Very little like me
    Undecided/not sure
    Somewhat like me
    Great extent like me

     

  13. I do very well at managing myself and getting my work done completely -- and on schedule.
    Not at all like me
    Very little like me
    Undecided/not sure
    Somewhat like me
    Great extent like me

     

  14. I like to look beyond my job duties to other areas in which I can provide solutions for my employer.
    Not at all like me
    Very little like me
    Undecided/not sure
    Somewhat like me
    Great extent like me

     

  15. While hearing criticism is never easy, I realize it's the only real way I will improve, and I want to be open to new learning.
    Not at all like me
    Very little like me
    Undecided/not sure
    Somewhat like me
    Great extent like me

     

 

      

 


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QuintCareers.com Founder Dr. Randall Hansen Dr. Randall S. Hansen is founder of Quintessential Careers, one of the oldest and most comprehensive career development sites on the Web, as well CEO of EmpoweringSites.com. He is also founder of MyCollegeSuccessStory.com and EnhanceMyVocabulary.com. He is publisher of Quintessential Careers Press, including the Quintessential Careers electronic newsletter, QuintZine. Dr. Hansen is also a published author, with several books, chapters in books, and hundreds of articles. He's often quoted in the media and conducts empowering workshops around the country. Finally, Dr. Hansen is also an educator, having taught at the college level for more than 15 years. Visit his personal Website or reach him by email at randall(at)quintcareers.com. Check out Dr. Hansen on GooglePlus.

 


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