Quiz: Are You as Hirable as You Think?

hireability-quizThe weather isn’t the only thing that’s heating up this spring.

The job market—which has been in a deep-freeze mode—is finally beginning to thaw out, too.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employers across the country had a whopping 5 million job openings at the end of January—the highest number since 2001.

So whether you’ve been sticking it out in your current role for lack of better options, or you’re eager to scale the next rung of the career ladder, it’s prime time to hit the pavement.

If you’re like most people, you’re probably feeling pretty good about your chances of being hired: A 2013 Career Advisory Board study found that 72% of job hunters are confident that they know how to present their qualifications in an interview—and 56% are certain they understand what employers are looking for in an applicant.

But get this: Only 7% of hiring managers report that nearly all or most candidates have the right combination of skills and traits to fill open positions.

According to Andrea Kay, career consultant and author of “This Is How to Get Your Next Job,” this disconnect is due to a fundamental misunderstanding of what companies want.

“Most job hunters tell me their goal is to ‘stand out,’ and how hard that is,” Kay says. “Employers, on the other hand, say it’s not that hard. It’s just a matter of not doing what everybody else is—failing to present themselves as a consummate professional from the first point of contact and throughout the interview process.”

So before you shoot off your résumé for that job opening, take this quiz to learn how your job-hunting skills stack up—and how to ramp up your hirability quotient.

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    • Kailey

      Where is the quiz?

      • Debbi Carter

        That’s what I want to know!

      • LearnVestAnna

        Hi Kailey,
        Sorry you’re having trouble viewing the quiz. It’s slow to pop up on some browsers, so it might help if you try refreshing the page.
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        LearnVest

      • Ryan

        I had to disable adblock plus to get it to show up.

    • page

      I don’t see a link to the quiz, either. Is it supposed to automatically pop up?

      • LearnVestAnna

        Hi Page,
        The quiz automatically shows up after the intro text.
        Have you tried scrolling down to the bottom of the page?
        Best,
        LearnVest

        • LorindaT

          I can’t find the quiz either. I’ve tried both firefox and safari and my popup blockers are off.

          • LorindaT

            Oh wait! It’s there now. Just took a few minutes to load. Thanks.

    • flyingsofa

      This is the second time I’ve logged on to this and I don’t see a link to the quiz

    • Where is the rest of this article?

    • Ok this is ridiculous.