1 You have been asked to produce a report about employee absence figures over the past six months to present at the next management team meeting. How do you go about compiling it?
a Collect the absence information and analyse the average percentage for each department, giving each manager a clear picture of the specific absence figures for their team.
b Gather the absence records and benchmark each department against organisational norms, giving each manager a picture of how their absence figures fit within the organisation.
c Collate the data and analyse it by looking for trends or patterns, giving each manager general information for them to base their absence management decisions on.
2 A colleague invites you to a networking event where you can meet academics, consultants, HR specialists and other business people. Is this:
a Something to avoid, because in this context they will all be selling to you, so better to use your time to focus on your immediate tasks.
b Something to attend partially by joining the meeting at lunchtime to increase the number of contacts you have.
c Something to attend fully to increase your wider knowledge and put up with the fact that some of it may not be a good use of your time.
3 Honesty, integrity and professionalism are often quoted as core company values. How do you rate yourself in this regard?
a I think that it is good to have these as organisational values, as long as people understand what's most important is getting the job done.
b I appreciate the importance of honesty, integrity and professionalism and have a practical approach to these, as sometimes my drive to succeed may mean that I have to compromise these principles a little.
c I understand the value of having these principles, butit does mean that sometimes people may disagree withme or that things happen more slowly.
4 What do you value most in an organisation or department?
a An organisation where my colleagues are friendly and supportive.
b An organisation where there are many promotional and development opportunities.
c An organisation where I can contribute to the company's su