Fear of the unknown

While the flood of new candidates knocking on our doors to gain wisdom, knowledge and of course a new job has slowed since the height of the recession there are still a regular trickle of new people arriving at the office seeking our services. The most common situation I see is the initial fear of the unknown from those who have never been through the outplacement process before. Continue reading

Get knotted – To Wear a Tie or Not

Little did I realize the trouble I was stirring up when I was recently asked the question “Should men wear a tie to an interview?” My answer was yes; here was a group of senior business people that suddenly became very animated about the subject of men’s neck wear. I was tempted to throw in the question of an Ascot an alternative but frankly lacked the courage. Continue reading

Questions NOT to ask at an interview – Funny

  1. What’s your company’s policy on severance pay?
  2. How long does it take your company’s bureaucracy to get around to firing somebody for poor performance?
  3. Do you have a random drug testing policy?
  4. Does your company’s life insurance cover suicide?
  5. How in depth are your criminal background checks?
  6. Does your company’s insurance consider genital herpes a pre-existing condition?
  7. How many sick days do you allow each employee before you stop paying them for not being here?
  8. Does your insurance cover sex-change operations?
  9. Does your internet access have a firewall that blocks pornographic websites?
  10. How frequently do your accountants audit petty cash?

Happy Friday

Déjà vu all over again

To quote the inimitable Yogi Berra, every day of job search can sometimes be considered as “Déjà vu all over again” as we struggle to be enthusiastic about finding the next opportunity. Employment, by the way is often considered the same but a slightly different version of the hamster on the treadmill. Continue reading