Posts tagged HR
Real estate & recruitment

How far through is the person in decision making?  Like the folks who are just curious about seeing a house with no intent of purchasing, there is an alarming number of job seekers, even at very senior level, who find it acceptable to enter into a hiring process "just to be sure" of an employment offer they've already accepted elsewhere!

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Supply and demand

He went so far as to suggest that we'd made up the role,  that we didn't know what we were doing, and that the employer would be furious at us for not having effected the introduction.  He demanded to know who the other candidates were, and who the employer was so he could check into the validity of a/ the job existing and b/introduce himself to the company directly since we didn't know what we were doing.

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Expatriate advice - part 1

The chances of them returning to their homeland and finding an employer who will pay for their children’s international schools, their rent, their nannies and cleaners and caterers and chauffeured cars, their tax advisory support, their private family medical costs in top rate international hospitals……these chances are slim to none existent.  A reality check is needed. 

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I’ll have the same again please

Curiously, the only jobs in most corporations that often go to complete outsiders are the very top jobs precisely because they need innovation and different thinking at that level.  There are countless examples of the chief executive being appointed from outside the hiring sector, often to the great advantage of the organisation.

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Are you really ready to be interviewed?

Not everyone leaves their employment by choice......  Any kind of vagueness or glib explanation will only affect your credibility with the interviewer.  Lying and fudging the truth will invariably be found out.  Professional interviewers can spot B.S. from a mile away and their “gut instincts” are honed to spot any inconsistencies. 

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First impressions count

Be mindful of the cultural traditions of the person you’re shaking hands with.  Some need a lot of space between you both whilst some prefer to be standing quite close together.  A handshake with a variation of the European cheek kiss routine should be reserved only for those you know well. A two handed shake from yourself again should be reserved for people you know well, or for your political career.

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