QUIZ: How Good Is Your Professional Etiquette?

Professional etiquette is essential if you want to get anywhere with your career. Related: E-mail Etiquette Matters During Your Career Search If you want to create a positive, lasting impression, you need to know what to say and how to act. Even little things like saying please and thank you, creating a professional email address, and asking for permission matter. So, how good is your professional etiquette? Let’s see! Take this quiz to find out.

1. Your email address looks more like:

(a) John@JohnSmith.com (b) John.Smith@gmail.com (c) MrSmithy86@hotmail.com

2. You need to list references for a job. You:

(a) Call each person you plan to use and ask permission before listing them. (b) Send each person a brief email giving them the heads up. (c) List them without contacting them.

3. When you’re introduced to a client, you:

(a) Greet them with a big smile and firm handshake, then introduce yourself. (b) Smile, say hi, and give them a wave. (c) Give them a nod then walk away.

4. What’s more likely to show up on your Twitter feed:

(a) A valuable article or study you felt was worth sharing with your network. (b) An inspirational quote. (c) A drunken picture of you from last weekend’s shenanigans.

5. After a job interview, you:

(a) Send a thank you note right away. (b) Send a thank you note a couple of days later. (c) Don’t send a thank you note.

6. During conversations at networking events, you:

(a) Look people in the eye, listen closely, and ask genuine questions. (b) Tend to monopolize conversations, but catch yourself most of the time. (c) Half listen to people and constantly look around for someone more interesting to talk to.

7. During meetings, you:

(a) Pay attention closely, ask questions, and take notes. (b) Listen, but only speak up when you’re called on. (c) Text the entire time.

8. Your emails are generally:

(a) Brief and to the point, but well-written. (b) Long and vague. (c) Riddled with both spelling and grammatical errors.

9. When you get a personal phone call in a meeting, you:

(a) Ignore it and call them back later. (b) Excuse yourself and take it outside briefly. (c) Answer and have a loud conversation.

10. When you need help from a co-worker, you:

(a) Send a message asking if he/she has a minute to go over a few things. (b) Walk over to his/her desk and ask for help. (c) Expect him/her to drop everything and help you.


Mostly As: You’re an expert at professional etiquette.

You know exactly what to do when it comes to etiquette in the workplace. You always say please and thank you, and you’re very respectful of others time and space. You’re an etiquette rock star! If you want to brush up on a few areas, though, check out this article.

Mostly Bs: You’re etiquette skills are average.

You know the basics and you try your best to be polite. However, there are a few situations that you’re not exactly sure how to handle. It’s okay – you’re only human! Want to up your etiquette game? Check out this article for some awesome tips.

Mostly Cs: Oy! Your etiquette skills need work.

No thank you notes? Texting during meetings? C’mon. Your professional manners are lacking, but it’s okay, we’ve got you covered! Read these 15 professional etiquette tips to find out what areas you need to improve.

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