Upwork Office Skill Test Questions

Question: 01
Which of the following are considered bad manners while greeting a business visitor to your office?

    a.     Remaining seated while the visitor introduces himself/herself
    b.     Not shaking hands, but simply saying hello with a smile
    c.     Shaking hands from the shoulder rather than the elbow
    d.     Shaking hands with gloves on, or forgetting to smile
    e.     All of the above

Question: 02
What is a 'golden handshake'?

    a.     The welcome to the building of a new CEO.
    b.     The last day in the office before the holidays.
    c.     The common usage for a generous employment severance package when an executive loses his or her job through restructuring, redundancy or a scheduled retirement.
    d.     The common usage for a series of re-hirings of past employees.
    e.     c and d

Question: 03
Your computer is not printing and a technician is not available, so you perform the following activities to investigate the problem. In which order should you take these up?

1 See if the printer cartridge is finished
2 See if the printer is switched on
3 Try to print a test page using the printer self-test
4 Try to print a test page from Windows
5 See if the printer is properly attached to the computer

    a.     5,4,3,2,1
    b.     3,2,1,4,5
    c.     3,5,4,1,2
    d.     2,3,1,5,4
    e.     3,1,5,2,4

Question: 04
What is the most frequently used typeface and point size when creating Word documents?

    a.     Times New Roman, 12 point
    b.     Times, 14 point
    c.     Courier New, 12 point
    d.     Courier New, 14 point
    e.     All of the above

Question: 05
What is the best way to handle an angry colleague or client with a complaint?

    a.     Listen to their concerns, and calmly but firmly explain what you are able to do, offering other solutions and options, without getting angry in turn.
    b.     Show a little anger as a way of evening out the situation.
    c.     Shout back, and then, later in the day, find a place to sulk, or time to complain to your own boss.
    d.     Listen to their concerns, politely explain what you are able to do, and if they insist, shout back your own concerns and complaints.

Question: 06
Which of the following are commonly used computer web browsers?

    a.     Mozilla, Guardian Website, The Times of London, MSN
    b.     Expedia, Opodo, Student Universe, Godzilla
    c.     Chrome, Explorer, Firefox
    d.     Google, MSN, Yahoo, Ask

Question: 07
Which of the following energy-saving practices can be used in an office without adversely affecting company productivity?

    a.     Use only one bathroom light during office hours
    b.     Turn off lights and computers at the end of the day
    c.     Turn off the computers between sending e-mails
    d.     Use lower Watt light bulbs, especially in the emergency exits
    e.     a and d

Question: 08
Which of the following are good office practices when creating documents such as letters, memos, company files etc?

    a.     Always save to hard drive and at least one back-up, such as a CD or thumb drive.
    b.     Save to the hard drive and a back-up, if necessary.
    c.     Save to the back-up first, and then the hard drive.
    d.     Save once a day.

Question: 09
What is a 'mouse potato'(a comic phrase in an office environment)?

    a.     The equivalent of a couch potato, but in terms of using a computer — i.e. someone who spends all their time at a computer.
    b.     A virus or other harmful computer bug, such as a 'trojan horse'.
    c.     An office ornament that workers place on their desks to keep them motivated during office hours.
    d.     b and c

Question: 10
Which of the following are not recommended when trying to improve working with others in an office environment?

    a.     Talking when others are talking, and listening only occasionally.
    b.     Being as consciously helpful as possible, and offering practical solutions.
    c.     Changing the printer ink or cartridge when it runs out.
    d.     None of the above

Question: 11
You are asked to call up senior executives of your company located in different continents to inform them about the proposed dates for an international sales meeting. What is the best time to call them up?

    a.     During the call recipient's office hours
    b.     After your office hours
    c.     During your office hours
    d.     Between 9:00 A.M. and 5:00 P.M.
    e.     Any of the above

Question: 12
What is the appropriate response to discovering the printer is out of ink?

    a.     Force the printer to deliver the last drop of ink by turning it upside down, holding it carefully.
    b.     Walk away and tell a fellow office worker, hoping he or she will take responsibility.
    c.     Leave it to the next person.
    d.     Replace the ink if the cartridge is available otherwise follow the office procedure for replacing or ordering the cartridges.

Question: 13
What is 'commodity value,' an important business term of relevance to most office environments?

    a.     The value of all the office hardware, including computers and furniture.
    b.     An economics term meaning the intrinsic value under optimal, often free market conditions, of the product the company sells or manufactures.
    c.     The value of common decency between employees of a given office.
    d.     The cost in petty cash of all company expense dinners in a given month.

Question: 14
What does 'Class A office space' commonly refer to?

    a.     Office space on former sites of class A drug offenses.
    b.     The lowest quality office buildings in a given area.
    c.     The highest quality office space available in a given area.
    d.     The highest quality office space for the least price.

Question: 15
You work in a company where some of your co-workers are recent foreign immigrants. They are unfamiliar with the work environment and your supervisor is polite to everybody in the staff but is often rude to these foreign workers. What will you do in this situation?

    a.     You talk to the foreign workers and tell them that they should complain to the Upper Management.
    b.     You tell your supervisor that his misbehavior is inappropriate.
    c.     Nothing, you prefer to keep quiet because everybody else is quiet.
    d.     You complain to the Upper Management.

Question: 16
What is the benefit of e-mailing documents rather than always providing hard copies to individuals?

    a.     There is no benefit except that people can delete them more easily.
    b.     The documents can potentially be edited online and re-circulated.
    c.     The documents can be electronically forwarded, which saves stationery that may otherwise be used.
    d.     b and c

Question: 17
What is the best practice for ensuring that sensitive material to be destroyed does not leak out of the company building?

    a.     Always encrypt on computer disk, and shred any hard copies.
    b.     Shred hard copies, save onto the file.
    c.     Burn hard copies, save only once to the file.
    d.     E-mail documents to colleagues, and then close the e-mail browser.

Question: 18
What is 'flexi-time'?

    a.     The feeling when time slows down or speeds up at certain times of the day in an office environment.
    b.     The flexible use of personal office hours, such as working an hour earlier one day, in order to leave an hour earlier another day.
    c.     Occasionally moving the hands on the office clock so everyone can go home early now and then.
    d.     Bringing an alarm clock to work that rings at the end of the day and at lunchtimes.

Question: 19
When replying to an e-mail, who do you place in the cc: line and who in the bcc: line?

    a.     A person you wish to openly inform goes in the cc: line, and the same person in the bcc: line. 
    b.     A person you wish to openly inform goes in the bcc: line, and the same person in the cc: line. 
    c.     A person you wish to openly inform goes in the cc: line, and the person you wish to read the e-mail, but without the knowledge of either the recipient or the person in the cc: line, goes in the bcc: line. 
    d.     A person you wish to openly inform goes in the cc: line, and the person you wish to read the e-mail without the knowledge of the recipient, but with the knowledge of the person in the cc: line, goes in the bcc: line.

Question: 20
What does the abbreviation CEO stand for?

    a.     Company Executive Officer
    b.     Communicate Especially On
    c.     Corporate Exact Office
    d.     Cheat Every One
    e.     Chief Executive Officer

Question: 21
What are the dimensions of an A4 size sheet of paper?

    a.     216 mm x 279 mm
    b.     220 mm x 310 mm
    c.     215 mm x 295 mm
    d.     210 mm x 297 mm
    e.     a and d

Question: 22
What is the normal length of notice period for quitting job in most professional offices?

    a.     Either 2 weeks or 1 month
    b.     2-3 months
    c.     1 week
    d.     Up to 3 months, or longer
    e.     None of the above

Question: 23
Which of the following file formats relate to a graphic file or scanned image file?

    a.     JPEG
    b.     VBP
    c.     HTML
    d.     GIF
    e.     a and d

Question: 24
In any office or business environment, what does the 'opportunity success rate' refer to?

    a.     The success of a business in dollar value minus the dollar value of previous attempts to make it a success.
    b.     The number of won opportunities as a percentage of the number of won and lost opportunities.
    c.     The number of lost opportunities as a percentage of the number of almost won opportunities.
    d.     The opportunity costs divided by the so-called sunk costs.

Question: 25
What does 'the bottom line' commonly refer to in an office environment?

    a.     The line that appears at the bottom of a paper with the  company letterhead.
    b.     The lowest office floor in a building.
    c.     The same as the dotted line.
    d.     The basic controlling factor, notably the financial cost, regarding whether a task or project can be accomplished or not.

Question: 26
Consider the following sentence:

'There are 20 new PC's in the accounts department.'
Should there be an apostrophe in PC's?

    a.     No
    b.     Yes
    c.     Not sure
    d.     No idea
    e.     None of the above

Question: 27
You are required to create a cost report for your department, and then present the report to the board. Which two programs would you use for these two tasks?

    a.     MS Powerpoint, MS Access
    b.     Adobe Photoshop, MS Powerpoint
    c.     MS Word, MS Excel
    d.     MS Excel, MS Word
    e.     MS Excel, MS PowerPoint

Question: 28
What does administration generally handle in an office environment?

    a.     Paperwork and accounts.
    b.     Specifically, the hiring of new management and middle management.
    c.     The efficient day-to-day running of the office, with regard to company files, communication, management of jobs such as overseeing hiring and firing and human resources, etc.
    d.     Ensuring that the infrastructure of the building is regularly checked and modernized.

Question: 29
Which of the following are the important components of good interpersonal office skills?

    a.     Effectively translating and conveying information.
    b.     Being able to accurately interpret other people's emotions.
    c.     Calmly arriving at resolutions to conflict.
    d.     Avoiding gossip and being polite.
    e.     All of the above

Question: 30
When you are introducing a woman and are unsure of her marital status, which title should you use?

    a.     Ms.
    b.     Miss
    c.     Mrs.
    d.     Madam
    e.     None of the above

Question: 31
What common injury can result from too much concentrated typing over too little amount of time?

    a.     Leg injury
    b.     Broken neck
    c.     Blue hands
    d.     Repetitive strain injury
    e.     All of the above

Question: 32
What is the difference between Microsoft Access and Microsoft Excel?

    a.     Access is mainly for spreadsheets and Excel is for databases
    b.     Access is mainly for databases and Excel is for spreadsheets
    c.     Access is mainly for databases and Excel is for word processsing
    d.     Access is mainly for word processing and Excel is for spreadsheets, including digitial photograph editing

Question: 33
According to standard filing conventions, in which order will the following three documents be filed?

Dr. Jones's office, Doctor at sea, Doctor come quickly

    a.     Dr. Jones's office, Doctor at sea, Doctor come quickly
    b.     Doctor at sea, Doctor come quickly, Dr. Jones's office
    c.     Doctor come quickly, Dr. Jones's office, Doctor at sea
    d.     Dr. Jones's office, Doctor come quickly, Doctor at sea

Question: 34
What information would the petty cash register contain?

    a.     Details of expenses on account of the administrative staff.
    b.     Details of small expenses related to the running of the office.
    c.     Details of expenses on account of electricity and water bills.
    d.     Details of expenses worth less than $80.

Question: 35
What is very important to remember to do when entering an office business meeting at any level, especially when clients are there?

    a.     Bow slightly before your superiors or company executives.
    b.     Take the coats from clients and drape them over your arm during the meeting.
    c.     Turn OFF all cell phones, pagers and other electronic devices.
    d.     Turn ON all cell phones, pagers and other electronic devices.
    e.     a and c

Question: 36
What does the CTRL+V shortcut accomplish in Word 2007?

    a.     It makes the selected text appear in bold.
    b.     It pastes the text that has already been copied.
    c.     It converts the selected text into the next larger size of the same font.
    d.     It applies italic formatting to the selected text.
    e.     All of the above

Question: 37
Traditionally, approximately how many pages should a business CV or resume have?

    a.     1-3, preferably 2
    b.     1-5, but usually 2-3
    c.     Just 1
    d.     Exactly 2 and a half, and never more or less
    e.     All of the above

Question: 38
Which of the following activities could possibly infect your computer with a virus?

    a.     Installing pirated Software from a CD.
    b.     Downloading games and songs from the internet.
    c.     Booting your computer with a 'write protected floppy disk'.
    d.     All of the above

Question: 39
What does the 'glass ceiling' refer to in a business context?

    a.     The internal ceiling above the boardroom, whether it is on the top floor or not.
    b.     The roof of the company building, frequently constructed from glass to optimize the company's public status for the surrounding area.
    c.     The upper level of senior management or company executive positions which is traditionally hard to break through, for example, for women and/or minorities.
    d.     The imaginary level above the CEO at which the company profits skyrocket.

Question: 40
What is the person in charge of administering an office commonly called?

    a.     Office Assistant
    b.     Full-time Manager
    c.     Office Manager
    d.     CEO
    e.     None of the above

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