Identify Your Interview Quotient

Find out how ready you are for going to job interviews. This questionnaire will show you the areas in which you are strong or weak. Complete the questionnaire by indicating your degree of agreement or disagreement with each statement by circling the number that best represents you. Scale:

5 = strongly agree
4 = agree
3 = maybe, not certain
2 = disagree
1 = Strongly disagree
  1. I know what skills I can offer employers.
    5 4 3 2 1

  2. I know what skills employers most seek in candidates.
    5 4 3 2 1

  3. I can clearly explain to employers what I do well and enjoy doing.
    5 4 3 2 1

  4. I can explain in 60 seconds why an employer should hire me.
    5 4 3 2 1

  5. I can identify and target employers I want to get an interview with.
    5 4 3 2 1

  6. I can develop a job referral network.
    5 4 3 2 1

  7. I can prospect for job leads.
    5 4 3 2 1

  8. I can generate at least one job interview for every 10 job search contacts I make.
    5 4 3 2 1

  9. I can follow up on job interviews.
    5 4 3 2 1

  10. I can persuade an employer to renegotiate my salary after 6 months on the job.
    5 4 3 2 1

  11. I know which questions interviewers are most likely to ask me.
    5 4 3 2 1

  12. If asked to reveal my weaknesses, I know how to respond - answer honestly, but always stress my strengths.
    5 4 3 2 1

  13. I know how to best dress for the interview.
    5 4 3 2 1

  14. I know the various types of interviews I may encounter and how to appropriately respond in each situation.
    5 4 3 2 1

  15. I can easily approach strangers for job information and advice.
    5 4 3 2 1

  16. I know where to find information on organizations that are most likely to be interested in my skills.
    5 4 3 2 1

  17. I know how to go beyond vacancy announcements to locate job opportunities appropriate for my qualifications.
    5 4 3 2 1

  18. I know how to interview appropriate people for job information and advice.
    5 4 3 2 1

  19. I know many people who can refer me to others for informational interviews.
    5 4 3 2 1

  20. I can uncover jobs on the hidden job market.
    5 4 3 2 1

  21. I know how to prepare and practice for the critical job interview.
    5 4 3 2 1

  22. I know how to stress my positives.
    5 4 3 2 1

  23. I know how to research the organization and individuals who are likely to interview me.
    5 4 3 2 1

  24. I have considered how I would respond to illegal questions posed by prospective employers.
    5 4 3 2 1

  25. I can telephone effectively for job information and employment leads.
    5 4 3 2 1

  26. I am prepared to conduct an effective telephone interview.
    5 4 3 2 1

  27. I know when and how to deal with salary questions.
    5 4 3 2 1

  28. I'm prepared to take a psychological screening tests and expect to pass with flying colors.
    5 4 3 2 1

  29. I know what to read while waiting in the outer office prior to the interview.
    5 4 3 2 1

  30. I can nonverbally communicate my interests and enthusiasm for the job.
    5 4 3 2 1

  31. I know the best time to arrive at the interview site.
    5 4 3 2 1

  32. I know how to respond using positive form and content as well as supports when responding to interviewers' questions.
    5 4 3 2 1

  33. I know how to summarize my strengths and value at the closing of the interview.
    5 4 3 2 1

  34. I know what to include in a thank-you letter.
    5 4 3 2 1

  35. I know when and how to follow up the interview.
    5 4 3 2 1

  36. I know what to do during the 24- to 48-hour period following a job offer.
    5 4 3 2 1

  37. I can explain to interviewers why I made my particular educational choices, including my major and grade point average.
    5 4 3 2 1

  38. I can clearly explain to interviewers what I like and dislike about particular jobs.
    5 4 3 2 1

  39. I can clearly explain to interviewers what I want to be doing 5 or 10 years from now.
    5 4 3 2 1

  40. I have a list of references that can speak in a positive manner about me and my work abilities.
    5 4 3 2 1

  41. I can clearly state my job and career objectives as both skills and outcomes.
    5 4 3 2 1

  42. I have set aside 20 hours a week to primarily conduct informational interviews.
    5 4 3 2 1

  43. I know what foods and drinks are best to select if the interview also includes a luncheon or dinner meeting.
    5 4 3 2 1

  44. I know how to listen effectively.
    5 4 3 2 1

  45. I can explain why an employer should hire me.
    5 4 3 2 1

  46. I know when to use my resume in an informational interview.
    5 4 3 2 1

  47. I am prepared to handle the salary question if it comes up early in the interview.
    5 4 3 2 1

  48. I can generate three new job leads each day.
    5 4 3 2 1

  49. I can outline my major achievements in my last three jobs and show how they relate to the job I am interviewing for.
    5 4 3 2 1

  50. I know what the interviewer is looking for when he or she asks about weaknesses.
    5 4 3 2 1

  51. I am prepared to handle panel, serial, stress, behavioral, and situational interviews.
    5 4 3 2 1

TOTAL I.Q. = _________________

HOW TO INTERPRET YOUR RESULTS:

Add your responses to the 51 questions above. This is your composite job interview IQ. If you scored between 200 and 250, you appear to be well prepared to successfully handle the interview process.

If your score is between 150 and 199, you are heading in the right direction, and the source book below will help you boost your interviewing skills.

However, if your score is below 150, you have a great deal of work to do in preparation for the job interview. The book below should help you make a lot of progress toward that goal.

SOURCE: Adapted from Win the Interview, Win the Job (Impact Publications), pages 12-16. Copyright 2007. All rights reserved.