Career quiz: How's your career ?

09 May 2013
Career quiz: How's your career ?

Are you successfully navigating the hurdles along your career path? Is your performance a cause for praise or reproach? Does googling your name turn up some embarrassing revelations? Take our quiz to establish whether you're moving in the right direction

You deserve a pay rise, what do you do?

  1. Leave it. Surely when the time is right you'll be rewarded?
  2. Put together a well-constructed business case and discuss it with your line manager in your next meeting.
  3. Make comments about how awful the pay is, hoping your manager will take the hint and do something about it. It's their job to understand your needs, isn't it?

A party of 12 guests turns up unexpectedly after your colleague forgot to record their booking. How do you react?

  1. Tell them your colleague has messed up, putting you in an awkward position, but you'll accommodate them even though you weren't expecting this hassle.
  2. Don't worry about blaming your colleague, be courteous and accommodate the group as best you can. Let your colleague know what happened so it doesn't happen again.
  3. Get straight on the phone to your colleague and tell them what you think of them in front of the guests.

You've been asked to a social event your CEO will be attending. Do you go ?

  1. Absolutely, there will be free food and drink.
  2. Yes, it will be a good opportunity to catch up with other people in a social setting and find out more about them.
  3. No, your flat is a mess and it is your turn to cook dinner for your flatmates.

What happens when you google your name?

  1. The company website appears with my picture, my blog and details of all the awards I've won and been shortlisted for.
  2. OMG - how did so many pictures of me sitting in a supermarket trolley get online?

There is a new person starting in your department today, what are your first words to them?

  1. "Mate, you are making a HUGE mistake - get out now, ha ha ha. Only joking - it's great here!"
  2. "Welcome to the company. Great to have you here. You'll probably hear loads of stuff today, so if you aren't sure of anything or have questions, I'd be happy to help."
  3. "Hi there! We're going to be great friends. Did you meet Jessie yet? She's great, I think she might be having a fling with Ted. I love your shoes."

It's time for your performance review: 10 minutes before the meeting how are you feeling?

  1. OK. You thought about it on the way to work and know what needs to be said.
  2. Great. You are totally prepared and have written down everything you want to say, although you don't think there'll be any surprises.
  3. Performance review? Where? When? With who?

You've thought of a really great event to hold in your restaurant and have told your manager, but they are taking all the credit. How would you deal with this?

  1. We're all one big team; it doesn't really matter does it?
  2. In your next catch-up with your manager, prepare exactly what you want to say and explain 
that the situation has made you feel uncomfortable - there may be a reason or things you don't know about.
  3. Go straight to the top and explain what has happened. This isn't right, is it?

There's a new training course for sommeliers. You've been asked to go although you're the head sommelier - you know about wine! What do you do?

  1. Attend. It's sometimes worth having a refresher and will be nice to have some time away from the restaurant and catch up with the team.
  2. Speak to the course organiser and find out exactly what the outcomes for the day are. Have a discussion about what benefits there are to you and the business should you decide to attend.
  3. Not show up. It's obvious you know what there is to know.

An A-list celebrity has just checked in. What is the first thing you do?

  1. Feel like an idiot when you realise you recognised them from the big screen and not your local pub; wonder if they cared you didn't recognise or greet them by name.
  2. You knew they were due to arrive and checked them in efficiently, quickly and discreetly, ensuring they had their usual room and dinner reservation.
  3. Get on Twitter and post the cheeky picture you took while they weren't looking.

You've been asked to represent your site at a company meeting and do a 10-minute presentation. You've never presented in public before. How do you feel about this?

  1. It'll be fine. You'll think about it on the way there. How hard can it be?
  2. You'll speak to someone who has done this before, get some advice, and practice in front of a trusted colleague. You're not going to mess this up.
  3. Absolute panic. How can I get out of it?
WHAT YOUR ANSWERS REVEALMostly 1 You've got the right idea. Ask your manager or a trusted colleague for some advice on things you can do to reach the next step in your career. Remember to put yourself out there and volunteer for extra responsibility, it will pay off. Mostly 2 You'll go a long way - you know what to do and how to get there. You're probably on a fast track and understand how important it is to represent yourself well at all times. Keep it up! Mostly 3 We're surprised you're reading an industry magazine. If you want to progress, it's time to start taking your career seriously and set yourself some goals. Perhaps your first step would be to get a mentor.
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