This is a real test given by HR departments to get to know ‘who you are now’ and ‘not who you were in the past.’ Here are 10 simple questions, so grab a pencil and paper and record your answers. Ready?
1. When do you feel your best...
A) in the morning, B) during the afternoon and early evening,
C) late at night
2. You usually walk...
A) fairly fast, with long steps, B) fairly fast, with little steps, C) less fast head up, looking the world in the face, D) less fast, head down, E) very slowly
3. When talking to people you...
A) stand with your arms folded, B) have your hands clasped, C) have one or both your hands on your hips, D) touch or push the person to whom you are talking, E) play with your ear, touch your chin, or smooth your hair
4. When relaxing, you sit with...
A) your knees bent with your legs neatly side by side, B) your legs crossed, C) your legs stretched out or straight, D) one leg curled under you
5. When something really amuses you, you react with?
A) big appreciated laugh, B) a laugh, but not a loud one, C) a quiet chuckle, D) a sheepish smile
6. When you go to a party or social gathering you....
A) make a loud entrance so everyone notices you, B) make a quiet entrance, looking around for someone you know, C) make the quietest entrance, trying to stay unnoticed
7. You’re working very hard, concentrating hard, and you’re interrupted...
A) welcome the break, B) feel extremely irritated, C) vary between these two extremes
8. Which of the following colours do you like most.....
A) Red or orange, B) black, C) yellow or light blue, D) green, E) dark blue or purple, F) white, G) brown or gray
9. When you are in bed at night, in those last few moments before going to sleep you are....
A) stretched out on your back, B) stretched out face down on , our stomach, C) on your side, slightly curled, D) with your head on one arm, E) with your head under the covers
10. You often dream that you are...
A)falling, B) fighting or struggling, C) searching for something or somebody, D) flying or floating, E) you usually have dreamlesssleep, F) your dreams are always pleasant
POINTS: 1.(a) 2 (b) 4 (c) 6, 2. (a) 6 (b) 4 (c) 7 (d) 2 (e) 1, 3. (a) 4 (b)2 (c) 5 (d) 7 (e) 6, 4. (a) 4 (b) 6 (c) 2 (d) 1, 5. (a) 6 (b) 4(c) 3 (d) 5 (e) 2, 6. (a) 6 (b) 4 (c) 2, 7. (a) 6 (b) 2 (c) 4, 8.(a) 6 (b) 7 (c) 5 (d) 4 (e) 3 (f) 2 (g) 1, 9. (a) 7 (b) 6 (c) 4 (d)2 (e ) 1, 10 (a) 4 (b) 2 (c) 3 (d) 5 (e) 6 (f) 1
Add up the total number of points
OVER 60 POINTS: You seem to be someone who is self-centred, extremely dominant and should be “handled with care.” Some may admire you, but don’t always trust you.
51 TO 60 POINTS: People see you as someone who is exciting, bold, impulsive, a natural leader, who makes quick decisions which may not always be the right ones. Your company is enjoyed because of the energy you radiate.
41 TO 50 POINTS: You are lively, considerate, amusing, practical and someone who is constantly at the centre of attention, but sufficiently well-balanced not to let it go to their head.
31 TO 40 POINTS: You come across as cautious, practical, talented, but modest. Someone who doesn’t makes friends too quickly, but is extremely loyal to friends
21 TO 30 POINTS: You are fussy and extremely careful. It would really be a surprise if you ever did something on the spur of the moment.
UNDER 21 POINTS: Shy, nervous, indecisive and doesn’t want to get involved with anyone or anything. Only those who know you well, know that you aren’t.
—The writer is a professor at SSN Business School, Chennai