Test your cover letter knowledge by responding to the following questions to the best of your ability.
To take the quiz, copy and paste your answer to each of the questions in a Word or Google doc, or simply write them down on a piece of paper. The answers are at the close; no peeking until you finish!
1. Which of the following is not a function of a cover letter?
- To inform the employer of the job you are applying for
- To show how well you write
- To inform the reader of what you expect to get out of the job you're applying for
- To entice the reader to want to get to know you better by interviewing you
2. When should you send a cover letter?
- Only when an ad specifically requests it
- Every time you send out your resume
- When you need to list your salary requirement
- When you need to list references
- When you need to show off your marketability
3. Which of the following is NOT something that a cover letter writer should always do in his or her opening paragraph?
- Inform on why he or she is writing
- Impress he employer with knowledge of the company
- Be specific about the position sought and what they can can offer
- Mention salary specifications
4. True or False: The effectiveness of taking risks with the opening paragraph of your letter depends greatly on the field in which you are are seeking a job.
5. Which of the following is NOT something that a cover letter should always contain in its closing paragraph?
- Request for an interview
- Statement that you look forward to hearing from the recipient
- Statement thanking the employer for considering the cover letter (and resume)
6. Which of the following is necessary for a successful cover letter?
- Opening, body and closing paragraphs
- Addressing the letter to a specific individual or department
- Connecting your skills to the ones profiled in the job advertisement
- All of the above
7. What's the best way to make value judgments or claims of personal attributes more credible in a cover letter?
- Use very positive language in making the claim
- Substantiate the claims by backing them up with examples
- There is no good way to make such claims, so omit them
8. True or False: Employers like candidates to express a willingness to perform any available job.
9. True or False: If you are not fully qualified, it's always best to discuss the reasons why you aren't fully qualified in the letter.
10. True or False: It's okay to mention skills gained in school even if they have nothing to do with the job sought.
11. How can you make the most of your college experience in your cover letter?
- Describe skills gained in the classroom
- Describe sports and extracurricular activities
- Discuss hands-on projects
- All of the above
12. True or False: Transferable skills should be portrayed in the resume only, NOT in the cover letter.
Here are the correct answers:
- #1: To inform the reader of what you expect to get out of the job you're applying for
- #2: Every time you send out your resume
- #3: Mention salary specifications
- #4: True
- #5: Request for an interview
- #6: All of the above
- #7: Substantiate the claims by backing them up with examples
- #8: False
- #9: False
- #10: False
- #11: All of the above
- #12: False