Negotiation Skills Self-assessment

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Negotiation Skills Self-assessment

This test will assess your ability to determine the most effective way to deal with a particular situation. Check all the answers that apply for each question. After you submit your answers, we will score your test, provide you with the answers and provide a brief assessment of ways in which you can improve your negotiation skill.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    A client walks into your office and is exceedingly angry and difficult to talk to. How do you approach your client to make your meeting as productive as possible?
    • A. 

      A. You suggest that you both take a break and wait for your client to cool off.

    • B. 

      B. In a stern voice, remind your client that there is an appropriate manner in which to speak to professionals and you expect to be treated accordingly.

    • C. 

      C. Reschedule the meeting.

    • D. 

      D. Push forward with the meeting and make the best of the situation.

    • E. 

      E. Acknowledge that they are upset and ask them what is bothering them.

  • 2. 
    You are negotiating a service contract with a physiotherapy provider. They are demanding a higher amount for their services than other companies. How do you address this in order to get the best price for your company? 
    • A. 

      A. Respond with a low price and engage in positional bargaining, hoping that you will end up somewhere in the price range you think is fair.

    • B. 

      B. Ask what the basis for their suggested price is.

    • C. 

      C. Advise them that their price is far too high and that you will walk away unless they give you a more reasonable price.

    • D. 

      D. Suggest a price of your own and provide the criteria upon which you have arrived at the price.

    • E. 

      E. None of the above.

  • 3. 
    You and your co-worker are having the same argument you have had many times in the past. Your client always pushes the same argument despite the fact that you have given them a number of counter-arguments. What do you do to resolve the situation?
    • A. 

      A. Paraphrase what your significant other keeps repeating and ask them if what you have said is an accurate representation of his arguments.

    • B. 

      B. Politely point out that they are repeating themselves and ask them to provide you with a new argument.

    • C. 

      C. Inform them that you are not convinced by their argument and ask why they haven't agreed with your numerous counter-arguments.

    • D. 

      D. Realize that they are just trying to gain the moral high ground with you and declare that they "agree with you or else" in order to get them to either agree with you or say something new.

    • E. 

      E. None of the above.

  • 4. 
    You are working on a significant contract and the other party sends you a list of  terms and conditions in an attempt to get the upper hand in the negotiations and suggests a three-hour meeting to discuss the terms. What do you do?
    • A. 

      A. Go through their proposal point-by-point and try to determine their rationale for including each provision.

    • B. 

      B. Develop a list of concerns in regards to the provisions they have included.

    • C. 

      C. Develop an agenda for the scheduled meeting.

    • D. 

      D. Come up with a counter-proposal of your own.

    • E. 

      E. In order to send a message of "strength," immediately contact your counterpart suggesting an alternative meeting time during which you will provide them with a counter-proposal.

  • 5. 
    You are having trouble communicating effectively with your boss. She seems to be picking on you, in particular, and you don't know why. You are getting increasingly unhappy with the situation, so you:
    • A. 

      A. Address the issue directly by asking your boss why she is always singling you out for criticism.

    • B. 

      B. Address the issue directly by politely telling your boss that you feel as though you have been singled out for criticism lately and ask her if there is something in particular about your performance of which you need to be made aware.

    • C. 

      C. Seek out a job offer from a competitor and tell your boss that you will leave unless you are treated with greater respect.

    • D. 

      D. Jokingly tell your boss that you think she might not like you and see what she says.

    • E. 

      E. Draft a letter explaining what you believe your job responsibilities are and ask your boss if your assumptions are accurate and, if not, what you have missed.

  • 6. 
    You have been seeking greater responsibility at work for quite a while and a position just opened up at your company that you think would be perfect for you. While you are confident you can do the job, you lack one of the credentials required for the position. How do you recommend yourself for the position?
    • A. 

      A. Point out the benefits to the company of letting you fill the position, such as the fact that you are a known quantity, you are familiar with the company, and they would save both time and money on recruiting.

    • B. 

      B. Seek out a competing offer and threaten to quit unless they offer you the position.

    • C. 

      C. Offer to do the job at no salary increase for a probationary period of 3 to 6 months.

    • D. 

      D. Apply for the position through normal channels and make your pitch during the interview process.

    • E. 

      E. Offer to get the necessary credentials in exchange for a promise that the job will be available when you are finished.

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