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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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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