Are You in Good Interview Shape Quiz

Are You In Good 'Interview' Shape Quiz 

Take this short quiz based on information contained in Interviewing for Dummies to test your knowledge of resume and interview techniques.

Click on the answer you believe is correct.

  1. Executives believe approximately what percentage of job seekers lie on their resumes?
    Two-thirds
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    Half
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    Over ninety percent
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    One-third
    Correct! The answer is d. One-third.

    Executives surveyed said they believe 30 percent of job candidates lie or intentionally omit significant information on their resumes. Don't bend the truth when interacting with employers; honesty is always the best policy.
  2. What is the main purpose of a cover letter?
    To create sufficient interest to warrant further reading of the resume
    Correct! The answer is a. To create sufficient interest to warrant further reading of the resume.

    The purpose of the cover letter is to create sufficient interest on the part of the reader to warrant further reading of the employment resume. If written correctly, it can also convey a sense of value to the employer.
    To show how eager you are to be chosen for the job
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    To emphasize your writing skills
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    To provide supposed power and mystique that is specifically 'you'
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  3. According to a poll of executives, how do hiring managers prefer a candidates' resume to be organized?
    Functional (organized around skills, experiences, and accomplishments)
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    Chronological (organized by date of work experience)
    Correct! The answer is b. Chronological.

    A recent survey by Robert Half International (RHI) revealed that an overwhelming majority of executives (78 percent) prefer chronological resumes over those presented by job function.
    Combination (a combination of functional and chronological)
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    Modern Resume (unique and flashy organization of all information)
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  4. The average job seeker goes to a company, asks for an application and:
    Is prepared to supply dates of past employment
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    Has complete reference information
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    Tries to fill it out from memory
    Correct! The answer is c. Tries to fill it out from memory.
    Completes it neatly, completely and accurately
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  5. An interviewer is somewhat less likely to hire the person he or she interviewed:
    First
    Correct! The answer is a. First.

    Research reveals that the candidate interviewed first is somewhat less likely to be hired than those interviewed, probably because the interviewer either cannot recall that person in detail or they feel they should not hire the first person they met.
    Last
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    Before Lunch
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    Doesn't Matter
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  6. It is commonly estimated that what percentage of jobs are filled by word of mouth.
    Half
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    One-third
    Wrong Answer. Sorry, please try again.
    Over two-thirds
    Correct! The answer is c. Over two-thirds.

    It's been estimated that between 70 and 80 percent of all jobs are filled by people who learned of them through word of mouth. This illustrates the importance of networking.
    Under ten percent
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So, how did you do?

If you scored 5-6 correct, then congratulations, you are in better shape than most interviewees.

If you scored 4 or less correct, you may want to review some resume and interviewing techniques before you begin interviewing.  A ECC Counselor would be happy to help you.