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FROM THE TRENCHES: Illegal, Immoral or Just Plain Stupid?


Should we answer job interview questions just because we’re asked?

I thought it might be a cool plan to make a little pocket money on the side (blogs like this don’t pay a lot, no matter how popular they may be). So, a few weeks ago, I searched around Craigslist for a part time gig. Sure enough I got a response to my application for a virtual part time assistant (15 hours a week, schedules, phones, travel plans, and such like – no benefits) and the business owner and I set up a time to speak.

It started to get weird right after that.

My first call was an intro. I suppose to find out whether I actually could form an English sentence. We set up an actual “interview” call for about 10 days later. The time came to speak and though I was not instructed to, I sent a confirmation email. I got no reply but called anyway on schedule to find that the gentleman had blown me off for a more important appointment without letting me know. He didn’t apologize, assuming that I should understand or at least play along and only asked me to reschedule. I was miffed and said so. After all, I arranged my schedule to be available during that time slot and made it clear that I was at my desk, ready to work.

Only slightly apologetic, he scheduled the next call. By now, about 2 weeks had passed since my first communication with this man. You might be wondering – and rightly so  –  why I was still interested. The interviewer suggested use of some of my other talents and I thought the job was a good match for my current needs.

The call went well enough for him to ask me to go further and take a Kolbe Index test online. “Only a handful of candidates are asked to go this far in the interview process,” he said. This test measures your natural instincts and “allows you to begin the process of maximizing your potential.”  The rationale for the test was that this was the first and very important hire of its kind at this firm. This was actually a way for him to know what motivates me far more than for me to know anything about myself.

Ok, I took the test. A 36 question ten minute sort of fun and interesting exercise with instant results I could see but none of which was news. I guess it’s important at this point to interject that I am not a recent graduate nor a first time test taker. I’d even been told by this prospective employer that were I to be considered a serious candidate I would be asked/required to do this. Because I wanted the job enough, I actually took the sample test in advance on my own.

The follow up call came about a week later. This time my employer guy emailed me on a weekend to ask if we could speak Monday but, after I responded, never followed up with a set time.  At least he was consistently unreliable.

By the time the next phase of this protracted process happened, I had enough reason to be concerned that somehow the shape of things was pretty skewed. At the start, I asked about the agenda for this third call, thinking there was an awful lot of time and energy going into qualifying candidates for this part time position. It was then that things got super strange. Under the guise of “really knowing the people I work with”,  my interviewer friend would be asking me questions about my family and my finances.

STOP! I thought. Really? Not just unconventional but illegal. Maintaining my control of the situation, I chose not to answer.  He then said I put him on the defensive whenever we spoke so he thought it was best to discontinue and I agreed.

The moral of the story is this: the job market is rebounding but not as fast as some of us would like. Sometimes, opportunities appear to be perfect fits on paper and when the human factor is added to the equation things inevitably change. We part timers or even full timers aren’t obliged to tell anyone anything that treads on unacceptable ground. In this case, the source wasn’t even verifiable though I had the man’s business email, web address and several phone numbers. Truth was, I never met him face to face and whenever we spoke, he answered his phone “hello”. There was never any switchboard or business-like answering service.

I am sorry there was no job offer at the end of this long, drawn out and somewhat awkward few weeks.  Yet, I do have the comfort of knowing that there isn’t a Craigslist stranger out there with my personal, family and financial information at his disposal.

Post Script: Ironically, the hiring company specializes in stress-reduction work techniques.

Career Advancement Tip #31*


Include the Right Information

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When you’re on a date, don’t you emphasize the things that are most impressive about you first? Of course you do, because you’re trying to make a good first impression. Your resume is often you first impression in a business setting. Lead with your strengths!

Read more about this Tip in  *101 Ways to Find Work…And Keep Finding Work for the Rest of Your Career!  By “Dr. Chaz” Austin

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Recommended: Read This Article


 

Five Things Confident Job Candidates Do Differently
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There is a difference between confidence and bravado.

Confidence is trust in yourself.

Bravado is bluster. It comes from fear, not from trust.

When you go to a job interview knowing what you bring and knowing your value, you carry yourself differently.

You don’t rush to answer the interviewer’s question the second they stop talking. You take your time. Your words have weight.

Fearful managers want to hire fearful people. You know this too well if you’ve ever taken a job with a fearful manager before, and learned to your dismay that the manager hated your confidence more than anything else they hated about you.

You cannot afford to waste your time and talent working for someone who wants to dim your flame, not grow it.

Unfortunately, the hierarchical bureaucratic system we work in promotes and rewards fearful thinking. Too many people get promoted to higher-level jobs just because they are fearful. They don’t dare buck the system or speak their mind. They supervise their employees rather than leading them. They do not know they are operating from fear. It feels normal to them. They want you to be fearful, too.

Recommended: Read This Book


Navigating the Talent Shift: How to Build On-Demand Teams that Drive Innovation, Control Costs, and Get Results

By 2020, 40 percent of the workforce won’t want to be your employee. That means managers and executives have to forget the old recruit-and-search for-months methods to acquire talent and revise their perception that “talent” is only full-time employees. The good news is that this talent allows you to achieve the biggest impact on your projects in the fastest time possible. 

Career Advancement Tip #66*


Conquer Shyness

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You may be saying “I could never talk myself up/sell myself/approach strangers in that way” Maybe it feels like bragging.

You may never enjoy talking to people about yourself. But you need to learn how to do it.

Suggestions: 

Join Toastmasters International
Take acting classes
Do therapy

Read more about this Tip in  *101 Ways to Find Work…And Keep Finding Work for the Rest of Your Career!  By “Dr. Chaz” Austin

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Who’s Hiring


Reposted from FlexJobs.com

50 Companies Hiring for Part-Time Jobs, Right NOW!

Companies hiring for part-time jobs

This is an updated version of a post last published on April 6, 2018. We’ve updated this list of companies hiring for part-time jobs to keep it fresh and relevant for job seekers interested in part-time work. 

In this post, you’ll find:

  • 50 companies hiring now for part-time jobs
  • Stats about part-time work 
  • Notes about the companies on this list