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9 questions to get your next pay rise

Think you might be ready for a pay rise? These 9 questions will help you decide. At the end of the quiz, you'll receive a full assessment and find out what type of worker you are, and we'll give you three tailored resources to help you make your case to your employer. Let's get started.

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Question 1

You are leading an upcoming project involving several colleagues. How do you prefer to discuss ideas?

  • Have each member of your team give a two-minute presentation of their ideas to the group
  • Use role-playing, post-it notes or prototyping to explore possible solutions
  • Get together with your colleagues for a structured brainstorming session working from a written agenda
  • Engage in group activity such as mind-mapping, working through the ideas using a white board or other visual cues

Question 2

Your manager shows you how to carry out a new process. Which training style helps you learn fastest?

  • Your manager talks through each step of the procedure document with you, pausing for questions as they come up
  • You watch your manager demonstrate the process and take notes so you remember all the steps
  • You immediately try each step of the process while your manager offers feedback along the way
  • You listen to your manager talk through the whole process before attempting it yourself in your own time

Question 3

When trying to solve a problem with a colleague, how would you prefer to communicate?

  • Send him/her an email that outlines the issue and any action required
  • Speak to him/her over the phone
  • Maintain a central task board that keeps track of everyone's progress with colour-coded responsibilities
  • Work on solving the issue together and demonstrate a solution if possible
Next Section: Interpersonal Relations

Question 1

You’ve been at your current role for over a year and think you deserve a pay rise. What do you do to take the next step?

  • Start looking for a new role that offers a higher salary
  • Arrange a meeting with your manager as soon as possible. Make it clear that you will have to look for other job opportunities if your salary expectations are not met
  • Wait for your next salary review, knowing your manager will notice the excellent quality of your work
  • Schedule a meeting with your manager and come prepared with salary comparisons and evidence of hard work

Question 2

You’ve encountered inefficient business processes in your workplace, and they’re making it hard for you to do your job. What do you do?

  • Take the initiative to create your own new processes, implementing them immediately throughout your team
  • Accept that this is company procedure and try your best to make the process work for you
  • Tackle the most inefficient part of the process first. Once this has been streamlined, present your findings to your manager
  • Identify pain points in the current processes and arrange a meeting with your manager to discuss your recommended solutions

Question 3

Think about a time in the past when you’ve made a mistake in your work that could have been avoided. How did you address it?

  • Kept your head down and tried to fix it quietly
  • Confided in one or two colleagues about the issue so you could solve it together without escalating it
  • Accepted responsibility for the mistake and informed your manager immediately, along with suggested solutions
  • Explained to your manager why the mistake was out of your control eg. lack of budget, no support, unclear instructions, etc
Next Section: Time Management

Question 1

When you find yourself juggling several projects at once, what do you do to ensure everything is delivered on time, to budget, and of a high quality?

  • Tackle the project you find the most interesting or simple and get it out of the way first – that will leave you more time to handle the other more difficult tasks
  • Organise the tasks chronologically, starting with the one you received first and ending with the most recent assignment
  • Make a start on as many of the projects as you can, shifting your priorities depending on pressure and communication from stakeholders
  • Create a list of tasks, assess them in terms of value and urgency, create a task schedule, and proceed accordingly

Question 2

Think of a time in the past when your to-do list has been overwhelming. How did you deal with the situation?

  • Let the deadlines pass without saying anything to my colleagues. If no one chased it up, it obviously wasn’t that important
  • Apologised for being behind on some tasks, and agreed to new deadlines that were more manageable
  • I made managing stakeholders’ expectations a top priority, and part of that involved realigning deadlines that were too tight well in advance
  • Reached out to my managers or colleagues to find support ahead of deadlines, then set clear and manageable new timelines where needed

Question 3

A colleague sends you an urgent task that needs to be done within the next 24 hours. What is your immediate reaction?

  • It irritates me slightly, but I recognise that urgent issues sometimes arise. I’ll be sure I have all the details I need so I can do it quickly
  • Not an ideal situation, but I agree to do it. I’d ask the colleague to avoid doing this in the future
  • It doesn’t bother me – I can easily find out the level of priority of the project and adjust my schedule accordingly
  • Refuse to do it – I’ve got my own work to prioritise, and other people’s deadlines aren’t my responsibility
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