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Job-Hunting Etiquette Quiz
A Quintessential Careers Quiz


 

by Randall S. Hansen, Ph.D.

 

Good manners are essential to job-seeker job-search success!

 

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.

 

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Instructions: Answer true or false to the following statements.

 

Note: For additional help before taking this assessment, see our article 10 Tips for Job-Hunting Etiquette.

 

  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 job 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 to all those who interviewed me.
    True
    False

     

  8. A few days after a job interview, it's okay for me to 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 have my job interview, it is best to dress down for the interview.
    True
    False

     

  11. During an on-site job 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 networking events and 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 a job interview, it's okay to check my phone for messages or surf the Web if the hiring manager has to take an important phone call or step out briefly.
    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, secretaries, and assistants with sincerity.
    True
    False

     

 

      

 


Don't forget to check out our entire collection of Tests and Quizzes for Job-Seekers.

 


 

Questions about some of the terminology used in this quiz? Get more information (definitions and links) on key college, career, and job-search terms by going to our Job-Seeker's Glossary of Job-Hunting Terms.

 

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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