The questionnaire below consists of some quick and simple ‘yes or no’ answer questions to assess how well prepared you are to position yourself as ‘the winning candidate’ for any job you wish to apply for. This includes promotions. Your answers will be plotted as a graph to give you immediate feedback and recommended actions.
In lesson 2 ‘Getting to the heart of what employers want’ we cover the three things you must prove.
How well you rank against their ideal requirements in each of the above criteria can be plotted on a star graph as follows:
See diagram below:
On the vertical axis employers will score you out of ten against their list of SKILLS requirements.
On the horizontal axis going left they will score you out of ten in terms of how they perceive your TEAM FIT, and going to the right they will score you in terms of your MANAGER FIT.
Going downward on the vertical axis they will score you out of ten against your DRIVE.
The ideal score is a 10 out of 10 on each axis as shown by the green stars connected by the green lines. This creates the diamond shaped ‘ideal profile’ they are hoping to find.
If you apply blindly to a job with minimum knowledge of their requirements it is going to be difficult to position yourself as a good fit. Statistically you are most likely to score an average of around 5 out of 10 as shown by the pink crosses. Connecting these with the pink lines depicts a typical ‘unaligned poor fitting’ profile.
These kinds of profiles are common among graduates who have not targeted specific jobs and prepared their relevance for them beyond graduating with a degree. These profiles are also referred to as ‘generic’ because of their reliance on overused and unsupported generic strength claims which do not trigger ‘a desire to hire’ in the employer.
The Career Cycle provides an easy to follow process to expand your profile with relevant and compelling strengths to meet the specific needs of targeted employers on each axis.
See diagram below:
The closer your profile is aligned to the outer edge – i.e. the green ideal profile, the more likely you are to trigger the ‘This is who we want!’ emotion.
The questionnaire below is designed to assess whether you have taken enough actions to be able to trigger this emotion.
Of course the questionnaire will only help you if you fill it in honestly. At the end it will plot your profile in pink so that you can see how well you did. The size of the gaps between your profile and the green ideal profile, should spur you on to take the necessary actions to close them. Below your graph are pointers to the relevant lessons in The Career Cycle to help you improve your profile.