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Need to practice your Verbal Reasoning skills for an upcoming job interview? Try solving these Verbal Reasoning interview questions that test your ability to comprehend and reason about written communication. We’ll provide feedback on your answers, and you can use a hint if you get stuck.

These Verbal Reasoning interview questions are examples of real tasks used by employers to screen candidates for a variety of job roles, such as managers, content writers, support agents, and others that require a great deal of written communication and a high level of verbal ability.

1. Argumentative Essay

Most effective summary
   
Easy  

When writing an argumentative essay, it's very important to establish credibility with the audience. Providing inaccurate or false information is a surefire way to lose credibility with the reader. Once the essay’s credibility is lost, the reader will be less likely to believe other statements even if they are backed up by facts.

Select the statement that most effectively summarizes the above text:

   


2. Paper

Most effective summary Newspaper excerpts
   
Easy  

Carefully read the following excerpt from an article on paper production:

With the recovery rate of used paper for recycling approaching 70 percent in the United States and Europe, and approaching 80 percent in Japan, to keep up with our demand for paper we need to continue using fresh fiber as well as recycled, according to the premise set forward in a new report by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).

Detailing the reasons why fresh fiber combined with recycled is important for a single integrated wood fiber system, the report examines the “complementarity” of using both and discusses the functions of different types of fibers and the issues related to both recycling old fiber and sourcing fresh fiber. In 2012, 400 million tons of paper and paperboard were produced and consumed globally, which is double that in 1985, notes the report. As the population continues to expand and standards of living increase, this number is expected to climb by another 40 percent by 2028. While many would advocate for cutting down on paper use in the first place, in the face of global demand the most sustainable fiber may have to be the next best thing. But therein lies the rub: finding adequate quantities of said fiber will be the challenge of the global pulp and paper industry.

Which statement most effectively summarizes the text?

   


3. Referendum

Inductive reasoning
   
Easy  

In an upcoming referendum, voters will be asked whether the minimum wage should be increased. Telephone polls of likely voters were conducted to predict what the result might be. All respondents were put into at least one of six categories based on profession and age: scientist, lawyer, hourly wage earner, small business owner, younger voter, older voter.

The opinion polls showed:

  • A majority of voters are in favor of keeping the current minimum wage.
  • A majority of scientists and lawyers supported a rise in the minimum wage.
  • Younger voters are more inclined to support a rise in the minimum wage.
  • Older voters tend to support no change.
  • Hourly wage earners overwhelmingly supported a rise in the minimum wage.
  • Small business owners were evenly split on the subject.

Select all the statements that can be concluded from the above text:

(Select all acceptable answers.)

It is more likely that the results of the referendum will reflect the views of older voters.
A scientist will likely be more inclined to vote for a rise in the minimum wage than an older voter.
A small business owner will likely vote in favor of keeping the current minimum wage.
Younger voters will likely be more inclined to vote for a rise in the minimum wage than lawyers.
Hourly wage earners will likely have more sway than small business owners.
   


4. Economic Recession

Critical thinking
   
Easy  

Germany's economy avoided falling into recession during the final three months of last year. This means that it avoided two consecutive quarters of negative GDP growth, which is the definition of a recession. This was a small, but positive, surprise for all analysts who, after the July-to-September period that featured a 0.3% decline, predicted the continuation of this negative trend.

Reasons for slower growth last year include a slowdown in the global economy and a weaker car sector, with German consumers less willing to buy new cars amid confusion over new emission standards.

Joe Johnson, senior financial analyst, told the BBC that US tariffs on EU car exports, which US President Donald Trump has threatened, could have a major impact on Germany. He expects that, if this happens, Germany will fall into recession.

What can be concluded from the text above?

If US brings tariffs on EU car exports, Germany will fall into recession.


Germany’s GDP growth was negative during the third quarter of last year.


New emission standards made an impact on German customers.


If GDP growth during the first quarter of this year is negative, Germany will technically be in recession.

   


5. Sick Leave

Deductive reasoning Understanding rules
   
Easy  

The company's sick leave policy says:

This company’s sick leave policy applies to all our employees who have been with our company for more than six months. Our employees can take sick leave only when they want to recover from a sudden illness, accident, or injury. They can use up to 10 days of sick leave for these purposes per calendar year.

Upon completion of each 12 month period of employment, employees will receive 3 additional days of sick leave for every completed 12 month period of working for the company. Unspent additional sick leave days cannot be transferred to the next 12 month period. For example, an employee who has worked for the company for 10 years would receive 30 additional days of sick leave, or 40 in total.

Keep in mind that employees who become sick should either use their sick days or work from home to avoid spreading illnesses.

Fill in the blanks, with numbers, for the cases below. Enter the number 0 for cases when an employee doesn't have the right to sick leave, according to the policy.

  • Emily, who has worked for us for almost half a year and still hasn't used any sick leave days, has the right to use up to sick leave days this year.
  • Faith, who just started her 3rd year of working for us and has not taken sick leave until now, had a car accident. She has the right to use up to days of sick leave to recover from her injuries.
  • Vanessa, who started to work for us a little over a year ago, took 2 days of sick leave last year. She was Faith's passenger in the car accident. Vanessa has the right to use up to days of sick leave to recover from her injuries.
  • Edith, who began working for us 8 months ago, has the right to use up to sick leave days for a volunteer adult care program at a local hospital that lasts the whole day.
  • If Gabrielle, who has worked for us for 20 months, and who took a 10-day sick leave immediately after her 6-month trial period had finished, gets ill tomorrow, she will have the right to use up to   days of sick leave.
   


6. Cats

Deductive reasoning True statement
   
Hard  

catCats are common pets throughout the world, and their worldwide population exceeds 500 million.

Cats are the second most popular pet in the U.S. by number of pets owned, behind freshwater fish. Although cat ownership has commonly been associated with women, research has shown that men and women in the U.S. are equally likely to own a cat.

They are ranked as the third most popular pet in the U.K. by number of pets owned, after fish and dogs, with 8 million being owned.

What can be concluded from the text above?

(Select all acceptable answers.)

More cats are kept as pets in the U.S. than dogs.
Cats are one of the three most popular pets in the world.
Women and men are equally likely to own a pet.
More than 8 million fish are owned as a pet in the U.K.
   


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