CAE Reading and Use of English Part 1
For questions 1-8, read the text below and decide which answer (А, В, C or D) best fits each gap. There is an example at the beginning (0).
Exceptionally talented or just over-confident?
According to a study on what lies at the heart of success, it seems that the key is not what might be expected, 0 in other words talent, hard work or a good education, but instead it’s total, unadulterated confidence. Confident people tend not to be 1 by their own shortcomings and often have 2 than life personalities. This means they make themselves more visible in the workplace, pushing themselves forward at every opportunity and so 3 promotion over those who may well be more competent but appear on the 4 to be less talented.Confident people are often admired and their opinions valued; 5 , they are able to influence decisions made within a group. This could have implications for the recruitment procedures of many companies, as a typical job interview often involves a group task which unfairly 6 the over-confident. Such a display of confidence may carry too much 7 with interviewers, and better, quieter candidates may be 8 down, leading to a less efficient workforce.