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I'm filling an application which asks the following question:

You have not attended the X company Selection Process in the last 6 months. * Yes/No

I've not attended any selection process. So, shall I say Yes/No to the question.?

Shall I say Yes since the statment is correct or shall I say no since I've not attended any such process?

Other similar statement in the application I find difficult is:

You have declared break in studies/work experience and pending backlogs, if any, during your academics.

Is it Yes/No given that I don't have any backlogs...and I filled everything correctly..?

Other question in the applications which might give you a clue are these:

1.You have considered only the Marks/CGPA obtained during the normal duration of the course for calculating Obtained/Total Marks/CGPA.

2. You have completed each of the above mentioned academic courses in the stipulated time as specified by your University/Institute and as per X selection guidelines and do not have any extended education.

For above two questions, the answers are unequivocally Yes.

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    You should mail them and tell them to write better application forms. I would think the question needs a "is that correct?"
    – mplungjan
    Jan 20, 2014 at 10:37
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    Leave it blank and add a note on the continuation sheet! Or: look at the surrounding questions -- do they all want a "Yes" answer? Or "No"? That might give a clue.
    – Andrew Leach
    Jan 20, 2014 at 10:39
  • @AndrewLeach I can't because....this is a must answer question Jan 20, 2014 at 10:44
  • @AndrewLeach other statements are positive questions..they don't have 'not' in the sentence for ex: "The Marks/CGPA Obtained" entered by you for each of the above mentioned academic qualifications has been secured in the first attempt. Jan 20, 2014 at 10:47
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    @pinkpanther that was a stupid joke on my part.(my sense of humor)
    – Argot
    Jan 20, 2014 at 11:15

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These questions are basically statements (not grammatically questions) in a true/false format. Some questionnaires would offer True/False or T/F as the answer options.

In this case, if the statement is true, answer yes. If the statement is false, answer no.

Based on the information you have given, the answer to Question 1 is yes, and the answer to Question 2 is no.

If there is room on the form, and you want to take the time, you could write

Q1: No, I have not. (You could also say Yes, I have not, but that might be a bit confusing)

For Question 2, you would have to say

Q2: No, I have not.

As several other commentators have suggested, the questionnaire is not the most clear.

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  • Thanks...It's an online application...so I can't write anything... Jan 20, 2014 at 13:41
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Question:

You have not attended the X company Selection Process in the last 6 months.

Answer: "Yes! I have NOT attended the X company selection process."

Question:

Have you attended the X company Selection Process in the last 6 months.

Answer: "No! i have not attended the X company process."

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You should answer Yes, because you agree with that sentence.

Here "You have declared break in studies/work experience and pending backlogs, if any, during your academics" you should answer No. You don't agree with that.

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  • What about this? You have declared break in studies/work experience and pending backlogs, if any, during your academics. Given that I don't have any backlogs... Jan 20, 2014 at 10:48

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