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Job-Hunting Etiquette Quiz
A Quintessential Careers Quiz


 

by Randall S. Hansen, Ph.D.

 

Certain rules or protocols should guide a job-seeker's conduct. Some people call these rules good manners, but more refer to them as business etiquette. By adhering to proper etiquette, a job-seeker can gain a perceptual edge over other job-seekers that can lead to a job offer.

 

How comfortable are you with the etiquette of job-hunting? Put yourself to the test. Take our job-hunting etiquette quiz and see how well you do. Scoring directions are at the end of the quiz, along with a directory of additional business and job-hunting etiquette resources.

 

Instructions: Answer true or false to the following statements.

 

  1. When greeting someone for the first time, a cupped handshake (in which your left hand covers the normal handshake) is a good way to show my sincerity and interest.
    • True
    • False

  2. At an interview or meeting, it is generally necessary for me to stand only when a women walks into the room (regardless of my gender).
    • True
    • False

     

  3. At job fairs -- and other professional settings -- when I receive a business card from someone, I should take the time to really read the card before sticking it in my pocket or briefcase.
    • True
    • False

     

  4. I should always turn off (or silence) my cell phone and beeper before heading into any interview or business meeting.
    • True
    • False

     

  5. In dining situations, my drinks are on my right and my bread plate is on my left.
    • True
    • False

     

  6. When on an on-site interview, if I get a parking ticket while at the interview, I can add the cost of the ticket to the expense reimbursement form I submit to the company.
    • True
    • False

     

  7. After a job interview, regardless of whether I am still interested in the job or not, I should always follow-up with a thank you note.
    • True
    • False

     

  8. A few days after a job interview, I begin calling the employer every day to see when a hiring decision will be made.
    • True
    • False

     

  9. When introducing myself at job fairs or other business settings, I should avoid saying anything except my name until the other person responds in kind.
    • True
    • False

     

  10. When I know a company I am interviewing with is having a casual day on the day I am interviewing, it is best to dress down for the interview.
    • True
    • False

     

  11. During an on-site interview, it's okay to order a cocktail before the meal or wine with my meal when everyone else is drinking.
    • True
    • False

     

  12. I have a great sense of humor, so it's perfectly fine to have a humorous greeting on my voicemail (or answering machine) when job-hunting.
    • True
    • False

     

  13. When at meetings at which people are wearing name tags, the best place to put your name tag is on your right chest/shoulder area.
    • True
    • False

     

  14. When I place telephone calls to potential employers, I use a clear and confident voice and always first identify who I am and why I am calling.
    • True
    • False

     

  15. At job and career fairs it's okay for me to walk up to a group of people engaged in conversation and interrupt by introducing myself.
    • True
    • False

     

  16. When talking on the phone with a potential employer or other business contact, it's okay for me to put them on hold while I answer another phone call.
    • True
    • False

     

  17. I always avoid asking questions at an interview because it is rude to interrupt the interviewer by asking questions.
    • True
    • False

     

  18. During an on-site interview, when dining out, I always rest my soup spoon and butter knife on the saucer or plate rather than on the table.
    • True
    • False

     

  19. The rules of etiquette aren't as important in businesses that have a "laid back" corporate culture.
    • True
    • False

     

  20. No matter what type or level of job I am applying for, I always go out of my way to greet the receptionists and secretaries with sincerity.
    • True
    • False

     

     

     

Scoring:

 

Check your answers by going to our Job-Hunting Etiquette Quiz Answers page.

 

Whatever your score, the real purpose of this quiz has already been accomplished -- getting you better prepared for job-hunting. Remember to take advantage of all the career resources available at Quintessential Careers.

 

Number of questions you answered correctly:
  • 19-20: You're in great shape and should do well in your job search.
  • 17-18: You're in good shape, though you need to do some polishing of your etiquette.
  • 15-16: You're in need of doing some real work to get a better understanding of business etiquette.
  • Under 15: You're in need of spending a lot of time learning the details of business etiquette.

 

Need to improve your score? You should consider using these business protocal and job-hunting eitquette resources to learn more about proper job-search etiquette. Go to: Quintessential Careers: Job-Hunting Etiquette Resources.

 


 

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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