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Old 03-14-2006, 08:13 AM   #41
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Advice: put yourself in the frame of mind that you can just walk away at any instant you want, even in the middle of the interview -- that this particular job isn't the only thing in the world for you.

Works for negotiating for almost anything, actually.* Sometimes when you walk away, they call you back.* And sometimes not.* But it almost always feels good.
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Re: Interview: Technical Interrogation
Old 03-14-2006, 11:09 AM   #42
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Thanks for the advice. I think I'm making myself nervous by over analyzing the situation. :P
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Old 03-14-2006, 06:54 PM   #43
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I had my interview and it was less formal than I thought it would be but still made me nervous. I felt like the panel liked me but I may not be as experienced as the other candidates. There are 5 openings and maybe I can squeeze into one. 8)

Thanks for all the help
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The bad interview is a warning signal, maybe you should not work for this group.?
Man, is that true or what?

Personally, I love the ones where I get to describe my best work.

Absolute worst: personality tests. If you want to know how I work with others, talk to my references (unfortunately, my best references are dead--what happens when you get older). I walk out now when there is a personality test. My brother-in-law loved to cook them--give them the answers they wanted. I never went for that. Too lazy. Also, what if they offered me a job? Who wants to work for nuts?
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Who wants to work for nuts?
A nutcracker?
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Old 05-07-2006, 09:21 PM   #47
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Ok, I had written about a job interview I had a couple of months ago. I found out that I did really good on the interview and will starting the background check. Um...I was told that a few weeks ago. I'm getting aggy. What's the longest anyone has waited to start their background check? I really want to tell my current job to kiss my....um you know what 8)
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I totally screwed up a "postmortem" once by walking into a meeting with the guy who did the screwup, sitting down, and 4 seconds later saying "I think I can shorten this up...this guy made the mistake, we know what he did wrong, we've changed the procedure such that we're not going to do it again, and I accept all responsibility".

There was this momentary pause as the collective bloodlust seeped from the room.

Then the chief blood sucker said "But we all want to know what it was and document everything!"

"Why? Its entirely within my area of responsibility. But I appreciate everyone coming. C'mon John, lets go..."

"Bb bbbbb...but bbbutt..."

"I already said I was fully responsible. Do you want me to say it a third time? Ok, I'm fully responsible."

Overall I didnt love my job. But it had its moments...
CFB,

You have great chutzpah. I like your style and I wish I had your cojones.

With great respect,

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For some reason I was cursed with the ability to foresee problems with new proposals. In my early years, my desire to help caused me to share these thoughts, but I learned that the person who points out potential problems is (a) regarded as negative/not a team player/annoying regardless of how many positive suggestions I also made, and (b) when the doo-doo hits the fan, is associated with the bad stuff s/he predicted. I learned to doodle at meetings--in fact, it became one of my trademarks. Funny, I thought it was because I had unfulfilled artistic talent--but I haven't doodled, not even once, since I retired
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