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QUIZ: How Good Are Your People Skills?

Are you a team player, or do you find it hard to keep your cool?

Image: Dean Drobot

ARE YOU A natural mediator who is always the go-between when people disagree? Or do you avoid conflict at all cost?

Maybe you work best on your own, or do you thrive when collaborating with a group? Whatever your strengths are, we all have room for improvement when it comes to our people skills.

So, how good are yours? Take our quiz below to find out.

1. Which of these terms would your friends/family most likely use to describe you?
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Motivated
Level-headed

Talkative
Impulsive
2. Which of these qualities do you think is most important when working as part of a team?
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Being a good listener
Being able to take initiative

Being able to meet deadlines
Being able to delegate tasks
3. Does this sentence ring true for you? ‘I speak first and think later.’
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Yes
No
4. Something you said has unintentionally upset a friend. What do you do?
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Nothing, they shouldn’t be so sensitive
Stay calm, don't dismiss their feelings and practice active listening

Immediately apologise and take back what you said
5. You've delegated a task to someone at work and the result isn't what you expected. Do you…
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Get frustrated and tell them you’ll do it yourself
Say nothing and pretend it’s fine

Tell them where they could improve and ask if they have any questions
6. You just got a great promotion in work, but your friend has just lost their job in another field. What do you do?
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Ring them and tell my great news straight away
Fill them in next time I see them and ask if they want help with their CV

Don’t tell them at all
7. A new colleague has started at your job. How will you make them feel welcome?
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I'll send them an email and organise a video call so we can introduce ourselves properly
They're the newbie, they should introduce themselves to me

I'll say 'hi' in a few weeks when they've settled in
8. Someone is telling you a story and, in the middle of them speaking, you think of something you want to say. What do you do?
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Start speaking straight away
Tell them you’re sorry for interrupting, but you thought of something you want to say

Wait until the person is finished speaking, then say what you thought of
Answer all the questions to see your result!
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You scored out of !
You have brilliant people skills!
You can talk the talk and walk the walk - well done! How about putting your skills to good use by doing a CIPD course at National College of Ireland? Find out more below.
Share your result:
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You scored out of !
You have pretty good skills, but there's room for growth.
Although your people skills are good, you could learn a thing or two to improve them even further. What about doing a CIPD course at National College of Ireland? Find out more below.
Share your result:
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You scored out of !
You might need to improve your skills
Your people skills are okay, but they could be improved even further. What about doing a CIPD course at National College of Ireland? Find out more below.
Share your result:

Take your people skills to the next level with National College of Ireland’s range of Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) courses, enrolling now for a January start. From Human Resource Management to Learning and Development, there’s something to complement all skillsets. Join their online open evening on Wednesday January 13 from 5pm – 7pm to learn more.

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