by Randall S. Hansen, Ph.D.
Thanks again for participating in our Mature Job-Seeker Quiz.
As you probably realized at some point in taking the quiz, the odd-numbered statements are the negative characteristics of some older job-seekers while the even-numbered statements reflect the more positive elements of successful mature job-seekers.
For the odd-numbered statements, give yourself (negative) -5 points for every true response and +1 point for every false response.
For the even-numbered statements, give yourself +5 points for every true response and (negative) -1 point for every false response.
60-90 pts. — Excellent. You may be a mature worker, but you are not letting your age affect any part of your job-search. Good for you — you are a hot commodity!
30-59 pts. — Good. You are probably having some success in the job market, but you could have even greater success by tweaking a few of your perceptions or behaviors, focusing less on your age and more on your benefits to prospective employers.
0-29 pts. — Average. You are letting your age or maturity play too great a role in how you portray yourself on the job market. It may be time for some coaching to overcome some of these age-related issues.
Under 0 pts. — Old Dog. You are way too focused on your age — whether too concerned about being perceived as overqualified, too worried about dealing with younger hiring managers, or simply too stuck in the old ways of doing things. You must make drastic changes to your perceptions and job-search strategies to see any kind of success on the job market.
Don’t forget to check out our entire collection of Tests and Quizzes for Job-Seekers.
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