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1.

Do you endeavour to recruit the best person for a job?

a) I choose the applicant who reminds me of my best friend.
b) I choose the applicant who reminds me of the person who used to do the job.
c) I choose the applicant who is least like the person who used to do the job.
d) I look at the requirements of the job and choose the applicant who can best meet them.

2.

Do you recognise the advantages of having a diverse workforce?

a) Yes, it’s good to share recipes for different types of food.
b) Yes, we need people who are different to make jokes about and lighten up the workplace.
c) Yes, having a wide range of people leads to a more creative, productive workforce.
d) Yes, we need lots of different types of people so people can get in groups or teams of like-minded people.

3.

Do you actively recruit a diverse workforce?

a) No, I know what sort of people can do this work best.
b) Yes, we try and be creative with our recruitment techniques so we have a wide range of applicants.
c) Yes, I almost always recruit by word-of-mouth so we get a good range of people.
d) Yes, as long as people are educated in New Zealand and have New Zealand work experience, I’ll recruit them.

4.

Are you willing to employ new migrants?

a) Not unless they’ve already worked in New Zealand and have a New Zealand reference.
b) Yes, if they are the best person for the job with the talent, skills and attributes I need.
c) Yes, but only on short-term contracts when I can’t get skilled New Zealanders.
d) Only if they’re from the UK or US so they understand our way of doing things.

5.

Would you employ someone who you thought was gay or lesbian?

a) Yes, if they’re the best person for the job.
b) Yes, as long as they were prepared to act heterosexual when necessary.
c) No, I don’t want people talking about their sex lives at work.
d) Yes, but I wouldn’t want them to bring their partners to work functions.

6.

If one of your best applicants was disabled would you:

a) Not employ them because they’d make other staff uncomfortable?
b) Employ them but expect them to fit in with the usual ways of doing things?
c) Not employ them because they’d be off sick too often?
d) Employ them and do your best to enable them to do their job well?

7.

A Maori applicant and a Pakeha applicant have similar levels of skills and experience. Would you:

a) Find out more about their talent, skills and experience to determine who was best for the job?
b) Employ the Pakeha (or Maori) because they’d fit in better with everyone else?
c) Employ the Maori because they’ll make you look better when you report on diversity?
d) Employ the Pakeha because Maori people take off lots of time for tangi?

8.

The best applicant for a job says he may need to take time off occasionally to cater to his children’s needs. Would you:

a) Not employ him because he can’t be committed to his career?
b) Tell him he can occasionally take time off as long as he doesn’t tell any of the other staff?
c) Tell him it’s okay to work flexible hours occasionally as long as he gets the work done?
d) Tell him his partner should be responsible for the children?

9.

What is work-life balance?

a) Taking work home so I can watch the news and then finish my work.
b) Effectively balancing all my different activities so I can be happier and more effective at home and at work.
c) Having a mobile so my boss can contact me when I’m on holiday with my family.
d) Leaving work at 4pm on Xmas Eve.

10.

Do you encourage other people to have work-life balance?

a) Yes, I find out what people need to balance their lives better and try and accommodate them.
b) Yes, I let my PA go home early once when her children were sick.
c) Yes, we always have drinks in the office on Friday night but none of the people with children come.
d) Yes, but I set a good example by never putting my outside life before work.

11.

When you’re making internal promotions are you more likely to:

a) Promote the person who is the best fit for the job?
b) Promote men because women are more likely to take parental leave?
c) Promote younger people because it’s the only way to get them to stay?
d) Promote the people who’ve been with you for longest because they’ve earned it?