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General Knowledge Practice Quiz: Professional Interviewing Concepts Quiz 1

Enjoy the following 10 question quiz from GoCertify

1. To put applicants at ease, you always begin every interview by telling stories of past employees who have been superstars for the company, as well as ones who did not turn out so well. The stories are lighthearted and meant merely to put applicants at ease before you start asking them pointed questions.

One of the stories is about superstar Todd who worked at the help desk and was about 6 feet, 8 inches tall, and you often include the applicant in the story by asking, “Can you imagine trying to squeeze into a cubicle at that size? What are you, about 5 feet, 10 inches?”
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2. The office has been wracked by a number of bad hires recently. Some of them were let go when various facts about their past came to light while others left due to performance and expectations.

Wanting to mitigate the turnover as much as possible, you ask each applicant, “Do you understand that any discrepancies in your application will be considered grounds for immediate dismissal at any time you are employed here? Given that, is there anything you’d now like me to know?”
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3. It is haunting you that the applicant you are interviewing looks familiar but you don’t recognize the name on the resume. Based on a hunch, you ask the applicant, “Have you ever worked here under a different name?” *This question is required.
4. There were more than 100 individuals who applied for the help desk position and a committee went through the files and narrowed it down to 15 to be interviewed over the course of five days. With nine critical projects you are juggling while squeezing in these interviews each day, you know it is going to be easy to forget which applicant said what when you meet one week later to decide who to move forward.

To minimize the risk of confusing applicants, you ask each of them at the conclusion of their interview, “Would you mind if I take your picture?”
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5. The position you are interviewing applicants for requires someone who is extroverted and connected with the community. To help ascertain whether applicants are outgoing and have made such connections, you ask each of them, “What organizations are you a part of?” *This question is required.
6. It is pretty rare for an applicant to apply for a position without your company having to run ads on social media and job-related posting sites. In this case, though, the perfect applicant (at least on paper) applied for a position before it was even posted.

Finding his strange, you ask the applicant, “Who told you about this position and our opening?”
7. As a member of three standing committees, including one with HR, you know that the company cannot afford to keep absorbing hiking insurance rates and the only way to reduce costs is to have fewer employees maxing out benefits. With this in the back of your mind, you ask each applicant you interview for the administrative assistant position, “Have you ever been told that you’re at risk for cancer?”
8. In the interview, the applicant answers a question about challenges they overcame by saying “When I was at Daleville High School,” and that is the same school one of your children graduated from. Conversationally, you ask the applicant, “When were you at Daleville High?”
9. Every question the applicant is being asked is answered with an anecdote about their time in the Army, and this is obviously something they are proud of and want to focus on. You ask the applicant, “What type of discharge did you get?”
10. The applicant seems perfectly suited for the opening you have but you know they currently work for a competitor rumored to pay twice as much as your company. You suspect this could be an issue.

You ask the applicant, “I don’t want to waste anyone’s time here, so let me ask what your expecting this position to pay?”