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Job interviews
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deadcarp    Posted 06-02-2004 at 06:48:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
We were discussing this on another board and i thought maybe somebody could use it -------
Let me first say that i've never lost a job that the next one wasn't better. Among my sojurns, i once sat in a job interviewers seat and got that job. Now that was fun! When we had time, we'd go chat with the shop people to get a feel for that area.

The boss that trained us said he liked hearing "I like to work hard" because it made his interview easy: either he was talking to a dam liar or a dam fool, and he just had to figure out which. Depending on the job, you generally won't get improvements from industrious people, they'll just grind on like machines.

Interviewers are supposed to find people who'll fit into a position and they have 1 shot to do it so they need shortcuts. Body language often tells them more than your words. Applicants try to use this - You know how many people chewing a toothpick haven't had a steak in a month? How about the car they drive? But they appear successful right? Some interviewers will wear a flashy piece of jewelry to see your reaction. So there are things to admire and things to ignore - the view is good, a wall hanging can be mentioned - not too many people walk off with those. Try to avoid anything that could conceivably be stolen and don't touch anything without an invite.

We had one guy being processed to replace me overseas til his wife called his boss and requested first-class seats. Imagine that? Here's a non-employee dependent dictating their terms of passage to an employee's boss! Now i don't know how many opportunities that woman screwed up for ol dave, but that was enough of a red flag for that one. And we're offering them a huge raise & free trip overseas? Glad we found out who wore his pants early enough to send somebody else! :)



Grove r    Posted 06-02-2004 at 07:29:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
Mornin' DC, have never had a problem in the work force with obtaining jobs.....have had to turn down more than I have ever accepted, and never been without work, even when I tried to retire....guess it is because of how well I am known, and my work ethics. Have been involved with everything from pick and shovel to managerial... and loved every job....one thing I learned real early, is to respect your fellow workers and employees....never be dergrading or demeaning to them, like calling them "suckers", and such...every person is of worth, no matter how little...dwell on the positive rather than the negative. I have taken the cast offs from other jobs that were supposed to be "useless" and acheived the near impossible with these people, because I listen to their ideas and let them have a say in how things are done....true, there are some that are true loosers....but find that this is parallel to their "position" on the management ladder, not so much in the work force. Have a gooder, R.E.L.


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