How Likable Are You?

Raj Chander

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About This Quiz

Have you ever noticed that some people just have the "it" factor? It's hard even to describe. It's not that they are just really great-looking (although they might be) or great at starting conversations – these people seem to have that intangible quality of charm, charisma, or whatever else you want to call it.

It makes life much easier for them, and to be honest, it also makes life easier for the people around them – no one likes dealing with an arrogant jerk who doesn't respect people. But talking about these traits doesn't really solve the mystery of what makes certain people so darn likable.

While we may never find the full answer, we can look to human evolution for a good chunk of it. Thousands of years ago, back before we had supermarkets and convenience stores on every corner, humans lived in groups as hunter-gatherers. One segment of the group would be responsible for finding food, while the other would create tools and clothing and help prepare the food. Each person's role in the group was important, but there was a caveat: if you were disagreeable, unhelpful or generally annoying, you would be kicked out of the tribe and forced to fend for yourself. And in case you were wondering, a prehistoric human didn't have very good odds taking on a sabretooth tiger in a one-on-one fight.

So how long would you have lasted in one of these prehistoric groups? And what do the people in your life today think of you? By the end of this quiz, you'll know exactly where you stand. 

You walk into a room full of new people who you don't know. What's your first move?

How often do you try new restaurants?

You're invited to a party where you won't know anyone. How do you respond?

The people around you speak to your interactions with others. What is your social circle like?

Love lives say a lot about us – how many romantic relationships have you been in?

You probably wear your social skills on your sleeve – what's your outfit of choice?

It's been a long week of work and you're ready to relax. What's your go-to activity?

What's your favorite color?

Likability is a characteristic like many others. What would you say is your best trait?

Your friends call and insist you hang out. What are you most likely to be doing?

Finding love can be tough no matter how likable you are. Where are you most likely to seek out a romantic partner?

Our occupations speak volumes about our personalities. What's your career?

Likable people tend to enjoy social activities in their free time. What's your favorite recreational activity?

After speaking with you for only a few minutes, what would a stranger's first impression be?

Everyone likes to be called by their own name. How good are you at remembering names?

We sometimes see ourselves represented in the natural world. Which of these animals is most like you?

Some people talk to others with a specific goal in mind. What is your usual objective when interacting with others?

What is your favorite beverage?

Likable people have great conversation skills. Which of these words describes what talking to you is like?

You're out eating somewhere and a person you don't recognize walks up to talk to you. How do you respond?

People tend to like others with the same views on the world. How set are you in your opinions?

Letting people speak is key for likable conversation. How often do you interrupt?

It's often said that people have a default or "resting" look on their face. What's your normal facial expression?

You're about to pay at the grocery store. The cashier sighs and begins telling you about how hard their day was. What do you do next?

If you could have one superpower, which of these four would you pick?

People like bringing the conversation back to themselves. How often do you talk about yourself?

Networking events are a part of life for many professionals. How do you feel about networking events?

People like others who can make them laugh. How funny are you?

How would you describe your job interview abilities?

Even likable people have issues. What's your biggest flaw?

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