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Test - Competency for proactive approach

How do you overcome obstacles ?

Active approach involves a natural interest in what surrounds you, looking for opportunities, and also not getting frustrated by obstacles and/or lack of success. This questionnaire deals with it.

You are going to be presented with two opposite statements, and a scale between them. Try and mark on the scale where you think you are, which statement you identify more with. You may totally agree with a claim, in which case you should mark the extreme value; at other times, you will be somewhere in between, so choosing a middle value.



axis X: Attitude to problems

Your visitors have arrived unexpectedly & they are unwelcome at this time
I will excuse myself saying I have other things to do, and tell them to come some other day I will suffer the visit, making an effort not to let the visitors know that I am uneasy
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You have been served cold soup in a restaurant
I will call the waiter & tell him to serve it warm I will wait & see what the others are saying
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You cannot sleep for there is noisy party going on next door
I will ring my neighbour’s bell & ask to be admitted, too I will use earplugs
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You are at home & all of a sudden, there is a power cut
I will find out if it affects the vicinity, and report it to the utility company I will light a candle, or perhaps go to bed & sleep through it
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You want to buy a train ticket but the ticket office is not manned
I will start searching for the employee I will wait for five minutes should the person turn up
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You have been unjustly accused in the street
I will defend myself, calling on the passers-by to testify to my innocence I will mumble something so as to defend myself & take a quick exit
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You were expecting an invitation (say to your workmate’s), but she didn't come
I will ask the person in question whether he sent it OK, so I will not go there
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You were supposed to go & see some friends over the weekend but your car broke down
I will borrow my neighbour’s car & drive there I will spend the weekend at home
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As a non-smoker you hate cigarette smoke but your friend at the table will light up
I will ask him if he could not smoke outside I’d rather not say anything so as not to spoil the fun
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You have parked your car where you must not since you needed to offload something heavy. When you get fined...
...I will try & negotiate with the policeman ... Hard luck, I will pay it
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You have asked your relative for a favour but he has done nothing
I will ask him again I will rather do what I can myself
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axis Y: Attitude to failure

Your/Your partner’s pregnancy test is negative once again
I am disappointed I will have to see that we somehow …
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Your boss has pointed out the mistake you made
I will pass on it, and take a look some other time I will make a correction immediately
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You have started improving the kitchen cupboards but they now look even worse, just as your partner thought
I will quickly get a fitter; next time, I will listen to what my partner has to say I will get a DIY book, and make the kitchen good
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If I fail at something…
I give up I will keep trying until I succeed
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The clerk has again refused to accept the form which you have not filled out properly
I am pissed off OK, will try again
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You have failed to get a job with a company
I will never touch this company again I will try again next time
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In a darts competition you finished 4th
Oh, well Let us have another round
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Your phone calls to the town hall go unanswered
Will try tomorrow I will let it ring out, someone has to pick it up in the end
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The jackpot was 89 millions, you got fourth prize worth 100
100 is alright; perhaps I am not the one who wins lotteries So far so good: next time I will strike it big
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You have cooked something special for your guests but they do not enjoy it
Next time I will buy something at the delicatessen counter Next time I will try yet something else, out of the ordinary again
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You have just missed your bus
There is another one in 30’ I will chase it, perhaps the driver will stop for me
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