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employees sleeping at work during snow storm, recruiter sexually harassed me on a phone interview, and more

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Many of the employees have long commutes and families. Recruiter sexually harassed me on a phone interview. If they want to know the status of a project, it would make more sense for them to just ask us for a report. You can definitely give it a shot, especially since it’s been two years since your salary was last set. Recruiter sent me LinkedIn profiles of my interviewer — what am I supposed to do with them? It’s five answers to five questions.

2017 44

my boss asks us to pick up his lunch for him — Ask a Manager

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About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager my boss asks us to pick up his lunch for him January 31, 2011 A reader writes: I am a 27-year-old woman working for a well-known national company. He never offers to buy us lunch. He never offers to buy us lunch.

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6 Strategies to Effectively Use Video In Your Recruiting Efforts

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It’s what we use when we need to find out how to put together furniture, the thing we scroll past in our Facebook newsfeed 200 times a day and how we share special moments with family and friends. Video Interviews. Video is a part of our everyday lives.

2016 98

is my employer plotting against me?

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The I’ve been with this small, family owned, business for 5 years (passed down from a father to his daughter and son when he passed away) and I’ve seen a lot of unfair behaviour on their behalf. is that interview question legal? what does this interview question mean?

2011 52

I want to break up with my boyfriend but I work for his parents, office flatulence, and more

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It has been far from perfect (typical small, family-run business issues), but overall, I’m comfortable with the position and wanted to stay in it for at least a year before moving on to the next great adventure. I’m also kicking myself because I’m so close to the one-year mark, I’ve invested a lot of time and energy into this position, and never did I consider what would happen if all of my professional experience was tied up with an ex’s family. It’s five answers to five questions.

2018 49

do you need a local area code when job searching, candidates keep stalking my voicemail, and more

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I recently graduated and moved to the Seattle area to be closer to family. Lately I’ve had a number of candidates miss my call for their scheduled phone interview and then call me back repeatedly (the last one called back 44 times in less than two hours). for our scheduled phone call. In fact, it’s really not up to them whether your role is exempt or non-exempt ; they need to comply with the definitions laid out by the federal government.

employee’s emotional outbursts might be hormone-related, coworker marks most of her emails as “highly important,” and more

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Her role is different than everyone else on our team because she is involved in process improvement and system upgrades, as opposed to just making chocolate teapots like the rest of us. It’s not really a big enough deal that you should definitely speak with her or her boss about it though — it’s more something to just roll your eyes at. Flying out for an interview when I’m a finalist with another company. Continue to interview with both.

2016 46

company wants to take over my personal phone number, should I tell my just-hired manager my concerns about the hiring process, and more

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My company wants to take over the phone number I’ve been using for personal calls. I was given a work phone when I started my job three years ago. As part of her pitch to have me accept, my manager at the time said, “I got rid of my personal phone and just use this one, so you can do the same – it’s a real perk.” ” I didn’t ever get rid of my personal phone, but my work phone did become my primary contact number for friends and family during the week.

2017 46

I want to stop cleaning our office, my interview was unfairly cancelled, and more

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It’s a small, informal, family-run firm. Also, an unintended side effect of being part of the cleaning crew (my family and I often cleaned together to make it go faster) is that I’ve come to be seen as the de facto office maid by management during regular work hours. He’s said that we’ll have to step away from the cleaning as it no longer fits our family schedule. My interview got cancelled because another team in the same company is interested in me.

2017 43

short answer Saturday — 6 short answers to 6 short questions

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hr+ round trip for my previous position) and surprisingly flexible and family friendly for my field. Asking for feedback after a phone interview. Would you also recommend doing this if you had an initial phone interview but didn’t get to the next step? Sure, you can absolutely try that, especially if you had a rapport with the interviewer. I had a great in-person interview two weeks ago, and was told I would hear something last week.

2013 40

is your resume supposed to stretch the truth, office bathrooms aren’t working, and more

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Employer wants us to come to work even though our bathrooms won’t be working. I read your post on writing multiple thank-you notes for multiple interviews. You definitely don’t want them to all say the same thing! Even if they’re going to different people, interviewers will often share them with each other , and you don’t want them to look like form letters. I went through a phone interview two weeks ago with a nonprofit that deals with cancer research and awareness.

2016 41

How Job Hunters are using Facebook to Target Employers: PART 1

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   It talked about how despite our recommendation to do Facebook advertising and how powerful it is at making one stand out, the percentage of people that will actually take us up on what we say is very, very, very, very miniscule.  Did you get interviews out of it? Did you actually get any interviews? Grant: Yeah, I’ve actually had, in the past four or five weeks, about one interview a week. Grant: Yeah, definitely.

How Job Hunters are using Facebook to Target Employers: PART 1

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   It talked about how despite our recommendation to do Facebook advertising and how powerful it is at making one stand out, the percentage of people that will actually take us up on what we say is very, very, very, very miniscule.  Did you get interviews out of it? Did you actually get any interviews? Grant: Yeah, I’ve actually had, in the past four or five weeks, about one interview a week. Grant: Yeah, definitely.

should I call out this company that jerked me around during a long-distance interview?

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A reader writes: I would love your input on a job interview process I have recently experienced. We have decided to try to move closer to my family (about three hours away) so they can assist with child care while we work, which will greatly alleviate the expense of paying for child care. I had a phone interview and was subsequently invited to come in for a face to face interview. And really, two interviews isn’t that outrageous. interviewing

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Your recruiter

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Corn on the Job Wisdom for Job Seekers Blog About Archives COTJ Blog Roll Corn Heads Contact Subscribe Your recruiter by Rich DeMatteo on January 20, 2010 Photo Credit - Eric Yeager Have a bit of interview anxiety? Job Seekers: What helps with your interview stress/anxiety?

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employee booked vacation for a date he’s required to work, lying for a nanny, and more

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I definitely did tell him about this date. We have a good relationship so I would think he’d tell me if it was, say, a sick family member, something urgent. After seven interviews, I was told I might need to re-interview all over. I have been in a long interview process for an internal promotion opportunity. I had my seventh and final interview last week (four phone interviews and three in-person interviews that required me to take time off).

2015 40

new coworker is horrible, my boss does 6 performance evaluations a year, and more

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We love our library and want it to continue to be a great place for patrons to visit, but all of us are feeling burned out, beaten down, and sad. Should I try it make it up to a family friend for costing her a referral bonus? We used to bake cookies together, our family went to her wedding, my brother helps with her son’s baseball teams, she was at my parents’ Christmas party…in other words, she’s a long-time family friend.

my company told me to pick my own punishment, resumes with jokes, and more

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My office is hiring a new staff member and a few of us are working on the recruiting and screening process. We are really small and don’t have any HR staff, so the task falls to the rest of us. Can you help us settle this discussion? Employer asked me to interview with one day’s notice, but I’m not local. I am fortunate enough to have family in NYC and used a family members address.

what relocation help can I expect, explaining a tiny raise, and more

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I’ve had 3 phone interviews with a large, publically traded company, and now they want to meet me in person. My interview is on a Monday, so I thought we’d fly there on Saturday and spend the weekend, then have my interview on Monday (while my husband contines to scope out the city). A few friends have told me that if they make me an offer, the company should fly us both back to the city to check things out.

2013 41

my manager’s daughter’s wedding will separate men and women, job searching soon after starting a new job, and more

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I appreciate that the office has such a collegial feel that he invites us to family events, but I am dreading sitting at the wives and support staff table again while my colleagues who I work with on a day to day basis all sit together and bond. Etiquette does not require you to attend the weddings of people you’re not close to, and it definitely doesn’t require you to suck it up and deal with sex segregation when you could instead politely decline to attend.

2014 40

short answer Saturday: 7 short answers to 7 short questions

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Do I mention this during the interview process or while negotiating a contract? Don’t bring this up during the interview process; that process is about deciding whether they want to hire you and whether you want to work for them; it’s not about negotiating stuff like this. So if your taking the job will hinge on whether they can do this, definitely bring it up before you accept an offer. Resume gap due to foreign travel and family needs.

Have you ever gotten a job from a job fair?

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The only time that I got an interview with, and then later a job offer from a company that I met at the job fair, when the guy called me to invite me to an interview and told me that he had gotten my resume from the fair, I sat there wondering if he received it from when I met them 1 year ago or 3?

I will totally get you a job. — Ask a Manager

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I decided to use the question on the very next interview I got, which took place yesterday. My interviewer was nice but very reserved, and then when she asked if I had any questions, I threw out the Magic Question. Interviewers eyes lit up and they called me back the next day!

2011 53

I’m afraid a manager will find my trash-talking emails about her, affairs with married coworkers, and more

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I went back and read some of my email exchanges with this employee over the past year or two, and there is a definite pattern of us complaining about his manager (who I also work with but don’t directly report to). This situation has completely and totally consumed her and now is about to jeopardize her career and a family. I recently had a phone interview with a recruiter from a former employer of mine. It’s five answers to five questions.

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am I wasting this recruiter's time? — Ask a Manager

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I don’t want the recruiter to feel like I’m wasting her time, but part of me says a brief chat on the phone couldn’t hurt. how to stand out at a job fair short answer Sunday: seven short answers to seven short questions interviewed with the flu; how can I redeem myself?

2011 52

employee lied about me on anonymous survey, companies that monitor how you organize your desk, and more

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I have been slowly trying to convince my husband that he would like living in the U.S. They also have extremely strict policies about the start and the end of the workdays and you are not allowed to respond to your cell phone (even messaging) during the work day. I have tried to convince my husband that this company is an anomaly and not the norm in the U.S., So my question to you is, are these policies standard in the U.S.?

2013 40

resume review offer ends at midnight tonight

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Reply CK March 31, 2011 at 4:30 pm You definitely underestimated the power of your awesomeness :) Reply Anonymous March 31, 2011 at 4:53 pm Hopefully you can do this again at another time. is that interview question legal? in a long interview process, can I ask about salary?

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update from reader afraid her old boss would out her as.

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I have a great rapport with all of them, and I really like them as people, which is definitely a new experience for me. how to stand out at a job fair short answer Sunday: seven short answers to seven short questions interviewed with the flu; how can I redeem myself?

2011 52

the roots of Ask a Manager… — Ask a Manager

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Itching for an outlet to rant about it, I wrote this article for The [.] "> { 11 comments… read them below or add one } Anonymous January 24, 2011 at 7:51 pm It definitely does sound familiar, but it puts it all together in one nice package. is that interview question legal?

2011 52

am I wrong to be insulted by this rejection letter?

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Our committee has now reviewed all the applicants and you were not selected for the interview process. Could they have picked a better phrase than one so close to “it’s not you, it’s me,&# when by definition it’s at least partly you?

2011 59

marketing department uses everyone’s photo but mine, I might have been demoted, and more

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I’m a little unhappy about it for several reasons: I would like my customers and vendor reps to grow familiar with who I am so I’m not just a voice on the phone or a name on an email. Good luck, and I think lots of us will be keeping you and your baby in our thoughts. The article highlighted the long hours, the pressure to always be reachable by phone and email, the constant competition, and more. It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go….

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short answer Saturday — 6 short answers to 6 short questions

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Company is letting me choose whether to interview by phone or in person. I had a phone message and email from an HR person about a position I applied for. Both mentioned wanting to schedule an interview. After the date and time were set, she asked me if this would be on the phone or in-person. I was taken aback, because I assumed it would be on the phone. Do you think it’s OK to do a phone interview at this time?

fast answer Friday: 7 short answers to 7 short questions

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Since October, I’ve applied for about a million jobs, had numerous phone interviews, a few in-person interviews, got a new puppy, read a lot of books, worked in my garden, painted part of my apartment, and watched all the Law & Order that was available on Netflix. Yeah, they definitely don’t want to hear about your job search or the L&O. Company makes us count every action we take. When another candidate is in your interview.

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yes, you really should write a better cover letter

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About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager yes, you really should write a better cover letter March 7, 2011 Periodically I hear from readers who tell me that after they started approaching their cover letters differently, as I advise here , they started getting interviews. And yet I know many of you are still unconverted and since I would like you to actually get interviews, I’m going to continue to beat you over the head about this. is that interview question legal?

short answer Sunday: seven short answers to seven short questions

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It ended up being that she would criticize me for not doing a good enough job (largely for things I was supposed to do after hours), and after many failed attempts by my boyfriend and I to talk to her, and the matter only getting more stressful for the both of us, I quit.

2011 52

will looking like a teenager harm my job search?

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Have you ever interviewed someone who looked younger than their age (meaning they look like they are under 18 when they really are not)? Anyway, I had one interviewer point that out to me exactly about three years ago. 1 key is definitely how you present yourself.

2011 54

my company does secret performance reviews we're not allowed to see

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What happens in a few years when they get called during the interview process and they bring something up I never knew about or they simply made up? The owner is the textbook definition of a “workplace bully,&# so please understand that these concerns are simply not hypothetical.

2011 52

short answer Saturday: seven short answers to seven short questions

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Interviewed twice, but turned down for an interview the third time I work for a public institution and applied for a position in August. I interviewed for the job, but did not get it. I applied and got an interview, but did not get the job once again.

2011 52

coworker has appointed herself the food police

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She was understandably upset when she told us about the doctor’s grim diagnosis the following day. “Co-worker A&# is definitely a bully, and she deserves to be disciplined for her disruptive behavior, Reply mouse February 16, 2011 at 3:57 pm Wow.

should I warn my employer about a slacker kiss-ass? — Ask a Manager

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It works out for me, as I’m a new parent and will appreciate some time with my new family, and my spouse earns enough to keep us afloat — so want to make it clear that there is absolutely no resentment from me. She is doing it for herself, but also for us!

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