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The HR I.Q. Test: October ’10

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1. What do managers say are 9-to-5 employees’ most productive time of the day … and least productive?

    a. Most: 10 a.m. to noon;

        Least: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

    b. Most: 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.;

        Least: 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

    c. Most: 10 a.m. to noon;

        Least: 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

2. Employers can legally use the “customer preference defense” in court to justify consenting to a customer’s request to only be served by non-minority salespeople. True or false?

    True. That’s a legal defense against race discrimination claims.

    False. Honoring racial preferences from customers is still discrimination.

3. For the past 10 years, Americans were about equally divided in saying whether they wanted labor unions to have more versus less influence. What is that percentage today?

    a. 40% want unions to have more influence, 27% want less

    b. Still equal: 35% want more influence, 35% want less

    c. 40% want unions to have less influence, 27% want more

4. During the second quarter of 2010, the number of employees taking hardship withdrawals from their 401(k) accounts:

    a. Fell to a 10-year low

    b. Was the same as the 2009

    c. Rose to a 10-year high

5. A Harris Poll says 75% of women believe that females are often discriminated against in being promoted for supervisors or executive jobs. What percentage of men believe females are often discriminated in promotions?

    a. 34%

    b. 48%

    c. The same, 75%


Sources: 1. Accountemps survey; 2. EEOC; 3. Gallup Poll (note: 29% say “same amount”); 4. Fidelity; 5. Harris Poll  

Answers: 1. a   2. False   3. c   4. c    5. b

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