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zhgreader
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zhgreader   7/29/2011 3:55:53 AM
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How did you get VISA? odd enough.

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Joshua.Jones   1/16/2011 4:44:47 AM
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I never locked my keys inside but I once made the mistake of holding the keys to the coil hut of a high powered, low frequency transmitter (Decca Navigator for any of you old enough to remember) in my hand after entering the hut. Nothing much happened until the 'zone' pulse was transmitted - a once-a-minute frequency shift, fortunately of short duration. The memory has remained for over 50 years, though the imprint of the key burnt into my palm gradualy faded away. It wasn't microwave, just 127kc/s (we didn't call them Hertz then) but we were pumping a fair bit of power into that 325ft antenna tower (we didn't use metres then) to keep the traffic across the Atlantic on course.

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David Ashton   1/15/2011 11:09:39 PM
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Lot of good advice there William....pity I didn't follow ALL of it!! Being presentable and knowing something about the company you're applying for is pretty basic I think. I certainly did in this case, and in the interview trotted out some facts I'd picked up off their website. That sort of thing helps if you lose keys I think. There is so much good advice available, on the internet and elsewhere, about applying and interviewing for a job, that it's astounding so many people make such basic mistakes. I guess it does make it easier for those of us who do take a bit of trouble about it though. I just bought myself one of those mini-carabiner type things from the local discount store, to put on my ring of keys for radio sites and substations, to try to avoid more of these problems. All I have to do now is remember to attach them to my belt!

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WKetel   1/15/2011 9:46:28 PM
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Rule #1 is do not brutally criticize the management of the company you are interviewing with, rule #2 is try not to criticize any organization. You can describe why one is better, that does work. Also, NEVER set keys down anywhere, because that is a great way to misplace them. And yes, there are lots of areas where you don't leave the keys in a car. Of course, that does depend on the vehicle. And one more thing, which is to make certain that your research about the company allows you to give a complement about something.

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Duane Benson   1/14/2011 4:44:01 PM
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What I find astounding in this day and age is when a candidate comes in for an interview and hasn't done even any basic research on the company. Especially given that we're a web company, I can't imagine any possible reasoning behind applying for a job and not looking at the website, but it happens far too often. I wouldn't automatically turn a candidate down for not looking up my company, but he or she would have a lot of explaining to do in order to get any further in the process. As far as what not to do in a job interview goes... A number of years back, I was interviewing for a director of product management position. The group of product managers had grown to the point where the VP couldn't keep them all as direct reports and needed the director position to take over the management of them. After interviewing with the six product managers first, I sat down for my time with the VP. He asked what I thought and I said that all of the product managers were uninspired and felt leaderless. Perhaps a more enlightened VP would have appreciated my insight but he (and likely most of the world) took my thoughts as a personal attack. I didn't get that job.

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MD17   1/14/2011 1:25:05 PM
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I can make that 3 incidents... I once saw police cruiser pulled half up on the sidewalk in downtown Toronto, idling with a cop with a coat hanger working at the driver's side window. I can just imagine the call to dispatch but all the snickering was done quietly!

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David Ashton   1/14/2011 10:04:33 AM
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I have found that too... I think you have to be persistent, I was in this case, though it helped that comms guys were fairly short in Australia at the time.

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David Ashton   1/14/2011 10:01:15 AM
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I see people coming for job interviews at our company sometimes and some of them them amaze me.... hair not combed, totally inappropriate clothes, dirty....you'd think this would be plain common sense. I asked one of the managers once if they look at that sort of thing still and they said they did, but it wouldn't absolutely preclude someone from getting the job. There are enough resources now on the internet and elsewhere to help you prepare...but I guess with the welfare state now there are some people who don't WANT to get a job. I'd say lack of a belt - unless the candidate's trousers were falling down - would not be tooo heinous an offense though....

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kfield   1/13/2011 10:49:18 PM
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Years ago a co-worker at TI told me that although he did ultimately get the job offer, he was severely chastised by the hiring manager for not wearing a belt to the interview. My have times changed!

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Sheetal.Pandey   1/13/2011 3:39:14 AM
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very interesting and honest story. Great that atleast you got the job considering you being in zimbabwe and job in australia. normally HR people dont respond to anybody from different continent.

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